I Just love catching the little ones.  All the fight of adults but there are abundant opportunities.

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Pink Flamingos summer here.

Pink Flamingos summer here.

Where do you think the term "Love Birds" comes from?

Where do you think the term “Love Birds” comes from?

Pez Gato in the backwater of Cabo Catoche.

Pez Gato in the backwater of Cabo Catoche.

Baby Poon up close and personal.

Baby Poon up close and personal.

One of the many sights around Holbox.  A Stingray scours the flat for food

One of the many sights around Holbox. A Stingray scours the flat for food

Mr. Sandflea, <exico's best Tarpon guide

Mr. Sandflea, <exico’s best Tarpon guide

Obviously Steve's camera work needs improvement.  Luckily he doesn't shoot for the show!  But he is a great friend

Obviously Steve’s camera work needs improvement. Luckily he doesn’t shoot for the show! But he is a great friend

Steve with his first ever Tarpon.  Look how jacked he is!

Steve with his first ever Tarpon. Look how jacked he is!

Nice baby Poon never knew we were there.  Chased the fly like a sailfish on steroids!

Nice baby Poon never knew we were there. Chased the fly like a sailfish on steroids!

Baby # 1 on the day took a Yellow Polish Poon Hound (pup)

Baby # 1 on the day took a Yellow Polish Poon Hound (pup)

I’m spending a couple of days with my good friend Steve Lawler In Isla Holbox Mexico. People often ask me where my favorite place in the world to fish would be if I had to choose one. Though I can’t nail it down to one place Isla Holbox would be at the top of the list. Tarpon abound here and I love fishing for poons. Not to mention that my guide Alejandro “Mr. Sandflea” Vega Cruz is a close personal friend.
Though the wind has kept us off the adults for the last couple days we’ve put the wood to several baby tarpon in the mangroves. It’s supposed to lay down tonight and I hope to whack a poon in the lips tomorrow with a big purple fly! We’ve seen record class fish here in the past and I hope to get a shot at one tomorrow.
I’ll keep you posted.
Mike

Ohio St. Head Coach Urban Meyer and son Nate Join Mike Pawlawski on the Flats of the Bahamas in search of Bones

Fishing the Northern Bahamas with Ohio St. head coach Urban Meyer and his son Nate. After rain the day before that kept us off the water today was a brilliant day. Both Urban and Nate landed their first ever Bonefish. Urban’s came in at around 3 lbs. while Nate’s Bone tipped the scales at about 5 lbs.
Today is Urban’s birthday so for his Birthday I gave Urban a brand New Flats Freak Limited Edition Bonefish rod made by Colton Fly company (Coltonfly.com).
In all it was a great day . Tomorrow we do it on the fly!!!
Look for the video blog coming soon.
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Crazy school of Bones!

Crazy school of Bones!

The big school of Bones as Urban and Nate cast in search of their first ever Bonefish

The big school of Bones as Urban and Nate cast in search of their first ever Bonefish

Nate Meyer with his first ever Bonefish

Nate Meyer wirth his first ever Bonefish

Urban Meyer, Ohio St. head coach with his first ever Bonefish on Gridiron Outdoors

Urban Meyer, Ohio St. head coach with his first ever Bonefish on Gridiron Outdoors

Isla Holbox Poons W/Brandon Weeden

Isla Holbox is one of the most incredible fishing locations for both adult and baby Tarpon in the world right now. The Classic meeting of fresh and salt water form an estuary that serves as home for so many species. It’s the perfect rearing grounds for juvenile Poons. The adults come back every summer to feast on the amazing Sardina “hatch” that takes place.
Recently I fished Holbox with Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden. There aren’t many cooler cats playing on the Gridiron today. This video blog is the first in a series that will chronicle our trip. You can look for the full show in January, but here’s a taste of how the trip started.
Take a look at how an Oklahoma boy handles his first trip to Tarpon country!!!!

Mike

Turkey Season with my Bow!

It’s been a good season for Gobblers with the Bow. So far this year I’ve been there to see several longbeards meet their end. We had over 20 birds in front of the bow or guns in the first week alone. I didn’t even carry a weapon until the second week. When I did though it was my Bow, a Quest Primal by G5. Great shooting bow. Quiet, fast, accurate and incredibly consistent. Two birds fell to the combination of Carbon Express Maxima Hunter Shafts, Rage Broadheads, and NAP QuikSpin (QuikFletch) vanes. The whole package is deadly accurate, as the pictures will attest.
Picture 1 is my boy Steve Lawler and me. His bird came to within 12 yards and never knew the score until it was too late. Crossbowed at close range! My bird walked to 27 yards and got wary just

a moment too late. I back-flipped him and he died 6 yards from where he was hit.
In all it was a great hunt as we saw

over 30 birds and had 4 close to within shooting range.

The second picture is a bird I took 2 days later. He walked to 24 yards, never saw me and had no idea until it was over… 2 other birds that had issues with him proceeded to go prison rules on him after he was down. They kept trying to beat him down for over 5 minutes.
1 more bird to go in Cali to score the trifecta with my bow.

Stay tuned!!!

Steve Lawler and I with a pair of Gobblers.

Steve Lawler and I with a pair of Gobblers.

24 yds. Never saw it coming.

24 yds. Never saw it coming.

Let the fun begin!

Spent the first week of CA turkey season calling up birds for friends. Put over 20 birds in front of the guns or bows. Made a couple of new friends in Lucas and JT. Lucas promises to be a great hunter one day (He’s just 8 right now). Had a Jake at 25 yards but didn’t quite seal the deal. Just heard through the grapevine that he’s itchin’ to get back on another Thunder chicken to “Get’er done!” I’ll see you soon Lucas and we’ll smoke one.

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For the last month I’ve been watching Gobblers strut around and yodel while I thought “your day will come”.  Well it’s arrived!  Tomorrow Turkey season opens here in the Golden State and I am prepped and ready.  Day 1 I have my traditional opening day hunt with my Boy Steve Lawler.  Steve started chasing Thunder Chickens about 11 years ago and I was there for his first hunt.  As many do on their first bird he over-estimated the effectiveness of his 12 gauge and his first bird walked minus a few feathers.  Since then he hasn’t missed many.  He has become a first-class TURKEY SLAYER!  Every year I look forward to this hunt.  Can’t wait to do it again Buddy.

On Easter Steve and I are taking my girl Suzy and my son Casey.  It’ll be all about getting them a bird.  I love watching my boy grow into a first class outdoorsman.  He’ll have more opportunity than most.  For that I thank God.  We are truly blessed.

Wishing you all a fantastic Turkey season!

Gobble, Gobble.

MP