Hey, I Found the Deep Spot
During the short window for wade-fishing the bayside flats near Wellfleet, Mass., one cloudy June afternoon, Tom Keer chased a striped bass off the edge of a sandbar into a neck-deep channel. “The 12-foot tides drop to less than 2 feet for just a few hours,” Keer says. He had been sight-fishing a spot where stripers often go after sand eels when he hooked one on the fly. “It ran into deeper water where the current started to drag it, and I had to follow or risk losing all my backing.” Eventually the striper broke off.
Keer adds that there are ways to pass the time between wading opportunities on the Cape. “At slack tide, it’s all sand and we amuse ourselves digging for littleneck clams until the tide comes back up.” —K.B.
Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Issue: June, 2012
Photo by Barry and Cathy Beck
This is a collection of jaw-dropping hunting and fishing photos from Field & Stream's "First Shots" magazine section, from 2008 to the present.
First Shots are visually arresting, intriguing, and sometimes humorous hunting or fishing photographs that run across two full-page spreads in every issue of F&S. They serve to showcase both the world of sportsmen and the talent of the magazine's contributing photographers, who submit some of their best work for the section.
Though the images sometimes speak for themselves, the short caption which accompanies a First Shot reveals more about the story behind the scene, the species of fish or game pictured, and the location where the photo was taken. Enjoy this collection of nearly 100 First Shots from the past four years.