Misc. Photos Gallery

Photos I've taken over the years while guiding friends and clients. These are some special scenes and things of interest you may come across while fishing the flats of the Florida Keys and Florida Bay.

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Somebody had a really bad day on the water. It's always a wonder what you might  see while out on the water around the Florida Keys.
Somebody had a really bad day on the water.
Staked up on a flat in Florida Bay and fly fishing for tarpon
Staked up on a flat in Florida Bay and fly fishing for tarpon
The American Crocodile is an example of some of the wildlife to be seen in Florida Bay
The American Crocodile is an example of some of the wildlife to be seen in Florida Bay
The offshore guys definitely have their own style. If we who fish the  shallow water were to stick a redfish on this t-shirt in the place of that marlin I just don't think it would look right.
The offshore guys definitely have their own style.
The Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar. The Lorelei of German legend was the  mermaid on the Rhine who lured shipmen to their doom with her hypnotizing songs.  The Lorelei in Islamorada is where we skiff guides launch our boats and run our  trips into Florida Bay.
The Lorelei Restaraunt and Cabana
The tides in Florida Bay create currents that sometimes cause interesting surface  patterns.
The tides in Florida Bay create currents that sometimes cause interesting surface patterns.
This was the old Lorelei in Islamorada. That's my Hellsbay Whipray at the dock.  This shot was taken in October 2003. In October 2005 the wind and storm surge  of Hurricane Wilma destroyed most of what's in this photo. My boat was safe  under my house.
This was the old Lorelei in Islamorada.
A green iguana walking down the dock is not an uncommon sight these days.  The wild population has established itself from escaped or released pets. They  are harmless to humans, which is good because they might take over South  Florida some day.
A green iguana walking down the dock is not an uncommon sight these days.
This day I had the luxury of having an umbrella on board  when it started to rain.
This day I had the luxury of having an umbrella on board when it started to rain.
This was on the famous Seven Mile Bridge on New Year's Eve 2003. We fished in  the Lower Keys that day. I had a dinner party to attend in Islamorada that  evening but didn't make it because of an accident at the other end of the bridge  that blocked the roadway. It turned out that a guy on a Harley, who was  traveling in the southbound lane, was in such a hurry that he decided it would be  a good idea to pass. As chance would have it he ended up encountering the  unexpected and missed his appointment at his intended destination. When he  pulled out and accelerated into the northbound lane he did succeed in passing the  slower southbound traffic, however, and unfortunately, he didn't succeed in  noticing the northbound propane gas tanker truck. Happy New Year! The sign in  front of my green pickup shows the posted speed, which was probably the speed  of the propane truck. When we finally started moving and arrived at the scene of  the impact we saw a wet smudge on the pavement and no skid marks from the  truck. Obviously the driver didn't have time to brake. Probably didn't have time  to blow his horn either. Incredibly, the truck hardly had a mark on it and the  driver was fine, I doubt he felt a thing at the time of impact. Judging by the  smudge on the road the guy on the Harley didn't feel a thing either. Perhaps his  untimely demise was caused by some sort of impairment of his observation skills  which prevented him from noticing the proximity and speed of the oncoming  tanker truck. The Harley guy's untimely demise did do one thing for certain. It  shut down the flow of traffic for about five hours and was huge hassle for a whole  bunch of people who had schedules to keep and engagements to attend.  Sometimes on the holidays there are some rather spectacular blunders on the  road. It's always tough when it happens on a bridge, especially one that's seven  miles long.
This was on the famous Seven Mile Bridge on New Year's Eve 2003.
Water spouts are not uncommon and are always intriguing.  They are funnel clouds like tornados but comparatively are  of a much lower intensity. They move slowly and are easily  avoided. The risk they pose is generally to waterfront property or sailboats under sail after dark.
Water spouts are not uncommon and are always intriguing.
A Tarpon Angler Scanning the Flat for a School. This is an old client-friend of  mine. He's been angling in the Lower Florida Keys for decades. We were off the  Lower Keys when this photo was taken.
A Tarpon Angler Scanning the Flat for a School.
Sitting on a Boat in the Bay...
Sitting on a Boat in the Bay...
Florida Keys Flats Guide Captain John Kipp. This is an older photo of me behind  the wheel of my boat idling down a channel in Florida Bay.
Florida Keys Flats Guide Captain John Kipp.
Three Brown Pelicans Hitching a Ride on a Lobster Boat
Three Brown Pelicans Hitching a Ride on a Lobster Boat
A Full Grown Conch
A Full Grown Conch
Florida Bay Tarpon Anglers
Florida Bay Tarpon Anglers
This is a manatee cow and its newborn calf. We were in Florida Bay poling and  looking for tarpon when these guys swam up to the boat. The mother was helping  the calf stay on the surface so it could breathe. The calf was about three feet long.
A manatee cow and its newborn calf.
This is a spectacular summer water spout in Florida Bay. They are rather short  lived and are part of the early formation of a large thunder head. By the time the  rain begins the water spout usually at the point when it retracts back up into the  cloud. This one lasted about another sixty seconds after this shot was taken.
A spectacular summer water spout in Florida Bay
Sunset on Florida Bay in Everglades National Park
Sunset on Florida Bay in Everglades National Park

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Memorial to the Pioneers Florida Bay: The life and final resting place of Jimmy Albright, Cecil and Peggy Keith, and Jack and Dori Brothers. It was an honor and a privilege to have known and worked with these people
A tribute to the pioneers.