Shooting shrimp

shrimpyPoles? Check. Bait? Check. Camera? Check.

Kayak guide Steve Garcia of Slowride Guide Services out of Aransas Pass makes sure his camera is always on board when he goes fishing.

“We usually get out there at dark, so when the sun comes up there’s, like, millions of camera opportunities,” he said. “If you don’t have a camera with you, you’re making a mistake.”

Garcia was paddling to a fishing spot to target reds and trout as he passed above a school of shrimp, which started jumping all around him in the morning light.

His strategy in catching a good picture is simple.

“I just shoot like crazy,” he said. “Luck of averages, you’ll have a good shot.”

Even with a large amount of pictures taken, Garcia admitted the shrimp he caught mid-jump was something special.

“It was a once in a lifetime shot kind of deal,” he said.

The photograph opportunities are almost always good, Garcia said.

“And it just so happens the fishing has been picking up.”