I was kayaking around the Brigantine Cays in the Exumas when I came upon a tightly packed school of 75 to 100 bonefish that had been corralled by 3- to 5-foot lemon sharks. I grabbed my rod and quickly hooked and released a 5-pound bonefish. The stressed-out fish didn’t swim far before a shark charged it, and both began swimming toward me. I threw my rod in the water, grabbed my underwater camera off a back strap and submerged it. I snapped off 12 shots as the shark devoured half of the bonefish in 15 seconds, spooked and ran. Reviewing my images, I saw that the shark had a fine meal, and I had a unique photo.



Coming Home

The sun was almost down when Jack called out. “I’m on,” he said, and I watched him lean back as the fish turned and made its first run.


The Fall Run

My mind was unconsciously running through the 20 other places I would no doubt have been better off standing.

Snook sharpie Mike Thiels makes a 2 a.m. toss for bait from the Lantana Ocean Avenue Bridge in Florida

The Thump

Who answers the phone at 3:30 a.m., chats amiably, swaps helpful information, wishes the caller good luck but doesn’t go back to sleep humming a lullaby of curses?

Cinder worm hatches mostly take place after dark, attracting night-owl anglers and stripers.

Magic Hatch

There’s nothing quite like fishing for striped bass as they dine on spawning cinder worms