In the fishing industry there there are thousands of choices in of rods, reels, line, lures, electronics, boats, motors and other accessories and over the years I have tried most.
I have built relationships with the brands that I have come to trust and depend on. These brands are the leaders in the industry, changing the way we fish with innovative and reliable products. I am now grateful to have the support of these Brands as sponsors on my show The Obsession of Carter Andrews. These are the ones that support my obsession let them help you as well.
To be a part of the Shimano family is a dream come true. I have fished Shimano products for most of my career, and I have never doubted that Shimano tackle helps me be a better angler. I know I can depend on it. Rod and reel combos from Shimano have provided me with absolute power, whether I am fishing light tackle or big game in saltwater. Shimano has built a system of rods, reels and line that take advantage of the most innovative technologies in the industry. Shimano rod and reel combinations, along with Power Pro braid, represent the lightest, strongest and most durable fishing products on the market today. AND I should know…I have Stella 18,000 reels that have landed 10,000 pounds of fish, and they are still going strong! I’ll trust them with the next 10,000, and a few more after that.
Fly fishing has been a big part of my angling life. I grew up fly fishing in the Smoky Mountains, but when I moved to Jackson Hole, WY, fly fishing became a way of life. For nearly two decades I guided fly fishermen on some of the greatest rivers in the Rocky Mountains, and through that time G. Loomis quickly became my rod of choice. I have been fishing Loomis fly rods for 20 years now. Not only are they a joy to cast, but they have the power to land the biggest fish. I’ve won a number of casting competitions with G.Loomis rods, and the new NRX is far in a way the best fly rod ever made, for either fresh or saltwater. G. Loomis offers the ultimate in extreme performance fly rods, and I’ll fish with nothing else.
Over the years I have moved from fishing mono to fishing braid almost exclusively. Doing so has changed the way I fish for the better. Every reel I have is loaded with Power Pro, whether it is the original, Super Slick, or Hollow Ace. For me, and my style of fishing, Power Pro just makes sense: with thin diameters, high sensitivity, and long-lasting durability, it’s an easy choice. I still use fluoro leaders or top-shots while fishing braid, and depending on the application, I might turn to softer rods and lighter drag. But regardless, I am always fishing Power Pro braid. Many times, I can get a full season out of a single spool, and that means thousands of casts, hundreds of hours, and god knows how many pounds of fish.
With eight different types of braid in the Power Pro lineup, I am sure there is one for you. Try it… you’ll see what I mean.
I have been wearing the AFTCO Original fishing shorts for 20 years. These have become my uniform, and my all-time favorite shorts. AFTCO’s are lightweight, roomy, durable, quick drying, and built by and for anglers; I love the plier pocket! Over the past few years, AFTCO has come out with some other great clothes as well, one of my favorites being the Technical Long Sleeve Fishing Shirt. I like wearing a button-down collared shirt while fishing, and this is the best I have found. Its really lightweight, and holds up extremely well. I chose these shirts as a uniform shirt at Islas Secas, and even after two seasons in the sun they remain in good shape. A good shirt is as important to me in a fishing day as a gaff or cast net. Quality that lasts is important to me, and with AFTCO you get quality.
Panama is the Big Game Sport Fishing Capital of the World! With Islas Secas being the closest land-based lodge to the world famous fishing grounds of Hannibal Bank (twenty-five miles) and Isla Montuosa (thirty miles), I couldn’t think of a better place for my family and I to base out of for the past few seasons. Other operations are at least fifty miles from these locations where the fishing grounds thrive due to nutrient-filled waters from the Humboldt Current being pushed into sea mounds that create upwellings and provide a food chain and feeding frenzy. Ive witnessed some of the most dramatic scenes of nature in these waters and have experienced truly amazing fishing.
Yo-Zuri has developed technologically-advanced fishing products that lead the industry, and in short order the company has become one of the top-rated brands of hard-baits in the world. Yo-Zuri fishing lures are crafted to be the most realistic looking, and realistic acting, lures of all time, designed to help each angler have achieve the best from his or her fishing days.
I have been fishing Yo-Zuri for years, but when I made my move to Panama and started to fish some of the best inshore and offshore fishing found anywhere in the world, I realized just what Yo-Zuri lures meant to me. The Sashimi Big game series is the most durable, reliable and lifelike big game lure on the market. Due to the durability of through-wire construction, I have used them to catch Yellowfin Tuna over 200 pounds, and Cubera Snapper and Rooster fish up to 70 pounds. When it comes to Fluorocarbon, Yo-Zuri’s HD disappearing Pink is the best I have ever used. When you are in that blue water and fishing live baits for monster Tuna and Black Marlin, there is no substitute for absolute strength and invisibility. I have seen it work way too many times… when other boats are not getting bit and I get the bite, it is because of the Yo-Zuri Pink.
Sea Vee Boats offers a diverse line-up of high performance sport fishing boats, from 27’ to 43’, designed for the whole family. Each one is meticulously hand crafted specifically for its owner to complement their individual needs and style. With continuous investment into product design, craftsmanship, innovation and quality control, every customer is assured that their boat incorporates the latest technologies and is built to provide years of trouble-free performance. Sea Vee Boats isn’t simply a boat manufacturer. These boats connect customers to nature, provide escapes from the daily grind, and help forge memories that last a lifetime. Owning a Sea Vee, comes with membership to a fun-loving, sea-going family whose primary mission is to make the most of every day spent on the water.
As fishing becomes more sophisticated I naturally depend more and more on my electronics to not only get to the fishing grounds, but more importantly, to understand what is going on in the water where I’m trying to fish. I use radar to help me find porpoise and tuna schools and then my bottom finder to see where the fish are holding in the water column. Having a keen understanding of the latest technology and being able to easily use it in my fishing day really makes the difference.
When it comes to outboards the most important thing to me is dependability, knowing that I’m going to make it to the fishing grounds, put my friends family and clients on the fish, and get them back to the dock safely. Some of the fishing trips we go on entail 100 mile runs to areas where you are most likely going to be the only boat out there. Having a motor that is quiet also helps when it comes to 100 miles worth of conversation with your crew. From the small jet drives we used in Russia, to the powerful Verados we use offshore, the crew and I have relied on our Mercury outboards to get the fish caught and the shows shot. Be sure to check out their website and learn about some of the advantages to the Mercury Outboards.
The truth is its no surprise that a fishermen will go through several coolers in their lifetime. So when I find myself with the same Yeti that I’ve had for 8 years, i realize that a real good quality cooler can last you forever. I love my YETI… for me is a casting platform, its a table, a chair, dry storage, its a bait well, and oh yeah and its one hell of a cooler that keeps ice for days. I travel to some really remote destinations and it can be brutal on your gear but my YETIs have always made it there and back in one piece
We take a tactical approach to product design. We believe that it is impossible to have just one lure that “does it all” and be the best available option in any fishing situation. So rather than design just one lure that fits every situation, we have designed a number of soft-bait series that when paired with the proper rigging will put you in top position to score in any fishing situation.
The Cuda® brand was designed with the strength, power and agility of the Barracuda. Cuda fishing products are built for the ultimate in fresh and saltwater fishing and will continue to perform over time. Featuring Titanium Bonded steels and Alloys, Cuda tools provide world class hardness, corrosion and adhesive resistance.
The Titanium Bonding process guarantees the steel to be three-times harder than untreated steel. Cuda fishing tools are designed by professionals and thoroughly tested in both salt and fresh water environments, providing the highest quality and reliability.
SPOT provides location-based messaging and emergency notification technology that allows you to communicate from remote locations around the globe completely independent of cellular phone or wireless coverage.
SPOT offers peace of mind by allowing you to notify friends and family of your GPS position and status, mark waypoints, track your progress on Google Maps or notify rescue officials in a critical emergency. For more information on how SPOT is helping others stay connected – from disaster preparedness to outdoor adventure – visit www.FindmeSPOT.com.
NAUTILUS FLY REELS
When you visit the Nautilus Reels factory in Miami, you encounter dedication amplified by passion, diligence fueled by tradition, and generations of experience with machinery. At Nautilus Reels, angler innovators will share with enthusiasm their cutting-edge advancements in fly fishing reel design and manufacturing in light of “Tested on Animals™” research and development with fly-targeted species from steelhead in British Columbia to trout in Montana to tarpon not far from the Nautilus camp. Learn more at https://www.nautilusreels.com/.
OFF GRID FOOD CO
Off Grid Food Company’s products were born from the countless nights in the wilderness we call our second home. Their goal is to create the premier line of hand-crafted foods, from real, source-focused ingredients, for all of your hunts, scouting trips, fishing trips, or regular backcountry adventures. All of their products are developed with the rigors of the backcountry in mind, and are developed and crafted to help you go the extra distance. Find out more at https://offgridfood.co/.