How I Got That Shot

Anglers Journal - - FIRST LIGHT -

We were hop­ing to find king mack­erel that could be chummed to the boat with live pilchards so we could take a crack at them on fly. Vet­eran cap­tain R.T. Tros­set ran about 60 miles west of Key West on this late-win­ter day, where we found the mother lode. Ru­fus Wake­man and I caught more than 20 kings be­tween 25 and 37 pounds on fly. The ac­tion was so good that R.T. started cast­ing a hook­less plug to en­tice the fish into sky­rock­et­ing for the cam­era. I was shoot­ing with my Canon 1D Mark IV, matched with a 70-200 lens, set at ISO 400, f/8 at 1/3,200, high-speed shut­ter (10 frames per sec­ond). I caught this jump just right and recorded mul­ti­ple shots of the ac­ro­bat­ics. Ron Ro­mano, a friend and Pho­to­shop wizard, put the se­quence into one frame to pro­duce this unique photo of a day I’ll never for­get.

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