This June I joined up with Captain. John Conway of Conway Charters to target a prehistoric fish species that haunts the lower reaches of Florida’s Caloosahatchee River. Capt. John has spent years assisting FWC capturing Sawfish for acoustic tagging and research.

On this trip, my goal was to hook into a sawfish from my Hobie Pro Angler 14 kayak, then supply the fish for live acoustic tagging as Sawfish Researchers were standing by. Check out the episode to see what happens!


Like the gear used in the video? Here’s what made it happen.
Kayak: 2017 Hobie Pro Angler 14 Mirage Drive Kayak
Rod: Sewell 8′ Custom Conventional Swimbait Rod
Reel: Shimano Tranx 500HG
Line: Power Pro 65lb
Leader: 100lb Mono
Bait: Ladyfish Chunk
Anchor System: Power Pole Micro
GPS: Raymarine Dragonfly 7 Pro
Cooler: Yeti Flip
Kayak Deck Padding: SeaDek Padding
Sunglasses: RCI Optics Reef Road

Capt. Ross

An Iowa native, Capt. Ross became a snowbird moved to Southwest Florida in 2005 at the age of 19. After getting his first taste of the salt as a teenager out of Venice, LA. He knew life by the sea was his calling. With years of dedication, hard work and fisherman’s luck, Capt Ross. has become a full-time angler, guide, and outdoor content creator.

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