Last week I received a call from a gentleman in the fishing industry , by the name of Kil Song from NJ. He asked to come down to Florida to film a Show on Lake Okeechobee with Korean Pro Angler and TV celebrity Shin Dong Man A.K.A. “Shark”.
Well, four days later we were casting on the “Lake” for top water Largemouth bass.
With a strong wind blowing out of the east, I couldn’t go to my fish, so I went way inside Ritter Island for some great action and to get out of the wind.
I think the biggest Shock to Shark was when I re-spooled his reel with 60 lb. braid, instead of his 12 lb. mono. With some doubts I had asked him to make a long cast into the cover while waiting for the camera to get set up. Well, on his first cast and three cranks of the reel he busted and land a nice 2 lb. to start off the day.
The bait of choice was Gambler’s Big Easy , Flappin’ Shads and skinny dippers.
Most of the bass that we were catching were in the 2-3 lb. range until I busted this beauty.
  Lake Okeechobee Bass
Around noon we had to out run a storm and ended up in Bay Bottom, once there Shark started throwing spinners baits in the cut and landed three in a row. I had lost a big bass that was chasing shad in the middle that had gotten wrapped around a stick.
Next thing I knew I heard yell and he hooked into this “HAWG”, which put a smile one his face , as this was the biggest Bass of his life.
Okeechobee Bass

"Shark's" Hawg

Needless to say we had a great day, and made a new friend. I have to say this is the first time I had ever fished with a Korean Angler , and it was a true pleasure.
After talking so much about Peacock Bass the film crew and Shark decided to make another show in Miami so on Sunday we were back on the water.
In the first 10 mins. Shark busted a huge Peacock bass , but loaded up on it too soon, and lost it. The top water bite was tough so we ended up swimming jigs and pitching to the peacock’s.

First Peacock Bass

This seemed to be working, by noon the heat was too much for him to handle, so we called it a day with another successful Show to be aired on Korean TV. The Show is called Shark F-TV, and after catching these Peacock Bass, Shark will be joining me in the Amazon which I will be leaving for on Friday , so look for that report next.

Friendship on the Water

Good Fishin’ Capt. Frank Carbone