Oct 12

Geofish is out… and it looks awesome.

I met the Geofish team at the Costa booth in Reno and I got to hear them talking about the journey, the time spent, the sacrifices and the passion they had for this project. It made me want to see this movie really, really badly. It’s here now and it looks… A-MAZE-ING.

One of the key characters isn’t even a person, it is Jay’s beard. That beard is epic.

The Beard.

This whole project is something that Costa got behind in a really big way. Impressive to see a company support a project like this so hard.  Way to go Costa.

Jan 12

Mexico Expedition

Worth a read over at the Costa Del Mar blog “The Watery Rave.”

I hadn’t been over there in a while.  Looking good… looking really good.

This from an epic story about traveling down to MX in a veggie oil powered van to convert the locals and find fish.

We first thought that the U-joints were bad, but eventually determined that we broke the transmission mount and that the entire driveline was getting torqued upward. Mexican’s are very resourceful people and at a small repair shop in Cabo they were able to find our exact part within 30 minutes and had it installed in no time flat, which prevented Chris from having to tolerate the local dog population.

Jul 10

Costa Del Mar – Zane – A review

First, I need to say, I never would have bought these glasses. I am cheap.  I break things.  I usually buy sunglasses that are polarized and less than $30 so when I break them or lose them I don’t stroke out.

You know that feeling you get when you realize that you just broke or lost something that was valuable?  I buy cheap sunglasses so I can confine that head-hanging feeling to my skill at destroying or losing waterproof digital cameras (I’m on number 4 for the past 6 years).

However, currently, I have a pair of Costa Del Mar Zane’s (Matte Black finish, Silver Mirror Glass).

These shades were given to me to sport and review and my cost was $0.  These shades retail for a pretty penny, something around $239, making them two Benjamins more pricey than I’ve put down for sunglasses in a while.

That said, these glasses = sweetness.  I wear them just about every day and certainly every time I go fishing.  I have not had a chance to get them out on the flats just yet, but I have had them in still water, urban streams, mountain streams, Disneyland, swim lessons, various parks, one princess birthday party for a three year old and a couple thousand miles of highways and freeways.

The construction of these glasses is superb. The lenses are glass, although they don’t feel heavy.  My lenses are unscratched and the frames look as if they just came out of the package. They look great, they work well and they are my constant companions.

I understand why someone would buy these glasses.  I might even recommend that YOU buy these glasses. If you do, you’ll be supporting a company that has gotten behind conservation in Belize and the upcoming film project project Itu’s Bones, just to name a couple of their very cool projects (another would be the Permit tagging program with the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust). I’d be a fan of Costa Del Mar even if I didn’t have my Zane’s and I was sporting a pair of whatever was cheapest and polarized up at the Ted Fay Fly Shop.

This is how I roll... for a 3 year old's princess party.

Costa Del Mar… I’m a fan.

Mar 10

Tag, you’re a Permit

Building on the data gathering goodness from their bonefish tagging program, the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust has launched a Permit tagging program with the support of Costa Del Mar.  Seems things kicked off on March 15th while I was away paying attention to other things.

Thanks Costa del Mar

Here is what BTT has to say about it:

Costa Del Mar has agreed to fund and support a multi-year, statewide tagging study of Permit in Florida.  A donation of $15,000 in the first year will allow us to purchase thousands of tags and materials for tagging kits, and will go a long way toward researching permit movements and the fishery.

Seems Costa Del Mar is doing some pretty interesting things these days between this investment in Permit research in Florida and their recent short film about Permit/salty goodness in Belize.

Only good stuff can ensue

The hope really is to build the body of knowledge about Permit.  If you want to preserve Permit, or Bonefish or Tarpon, you need to know what they need, where they go and where they breed so you know where to focus your efforts.  This is a great step forward.

Feb 10

Those Currents of Belize

Costa del Mar makes some sunglasses that are pretty good, from what I  understand.  They just recently put their weight behind a movie project about Belize, the fly fishing guides who make their  living there and the pressures of development.  The flick is called “Currents of Belize” and it was made by Bradley Beesley for Costa del Mar.

In the movie Abbie Marin scores a Grand Slam, the only  appearance of a bonefish with a much heavier focus on permit in the movie.

The guides shown in the video are from Blue Horizon Lodge and Go Fish Belize.

The rates are pretty good with Go Fish Belize  at $300 for a full day of bonefishing.

Costa del Mar is teaming up with the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust to launch a Permit tagging program in Florida to gather more information about Permit.  This should be some really important and interesting research and I commend Costa del Mar for stepping up to provide the funds necessary.