A Guides Credo
Based in Miami, Florida, Hai Truong is an expert at the Urban Run and Gun. He’s in pursuit of excellent angling and responsible stewardship. As a guide, Truong weaves the two disciplines into one. At the heart of Truong’s credo is the health and preservation of fish. The waters in the Miami area are gin clear, making sight fishing imperative. Sight fishing allows the angler to establish if fish are in a phase of the spawn.
Whether guarding a nest or protecting the hatch, fish are extremely vulnerable and should be left alone during these periods. The best management practice that ensures the preservation of our beloved resource is not disturbing their reproductive cycle. “At the end of the day, more fish is what we all want” – Hai Truong.
Truong moved to Miami when he was five months old. He caught his first fish, a five pound largemouth bass, at the age of five. Shortly after his arrival to Miami, Peacock Bass were introduced. After his first catch, Truong has been fishing for Peacocks ever since.
Truong has witnessed firsthand the negative effects of targeting Peacocks when they’re defenseless during the spawn. His experience has taught him a personal approach to conservation, and it’s his goal to expose this spirit to his clients. “Education is just as important as the technical aspect of fishing.”
The Milk Run
From the heart of the city, spanning out in any direction for 30 miles, including the edge of the Everglades, Miami anglers have a wide range of spectacular fish species to target. These fish swim in canals stretching for hundreds of miles that lead to lakes, and ponds before they pour into the ocean and bays of Florida.
Peacock Bass, Jaguar Guapote, Mayan cichlids, Midas, Tilapia, are a few examples of South Florida’s exotic fish species.
Of course Florida-strain Largemouth Bass flourish here.
Snook and Tarpon abound, and some are land-locked within urban Miami.
And don’t forget about the other coastal, inshore, and offshore opportunities. “There is no shortage of variety here, freshwater and the ocean, Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World.”
If you watch Truong fish, covertness will be apparent. If there is one message you can learn from Truong, stealth is it. The importance of how Truong approaches his quarry is a lesson to all anglers. It doesn’t matter if you’re fishing from shore or on a vessel, concealing your presence is a big advantage.
Often, when fishing within Miami from shore, the angler is four to six feet above the water. The high ground provides anglers with excellent visibility, making spying fish easier. At the same time the fish can also easily spot anglers. Truong will use shrubs and plant material to conceal his approach. He’ll crouch making his profile as small as possible.
Truong will tell you that it’s not a question of not talking at all when pursuing- these fish. Just don’t walk up to a spot talking, after you cast around a few times it’s okay to talk quietly. “Let your lure be the element of surprise, not your voice, or cell phone. Those are red flags for the fish. The second a fish sees you or hears you; it's game over.”
A Band of Anglers
At this year’s ICAST show in Orlando, Patrick Sebile introduced five separate lure brands known collectively as A Band of Anglers. Engineered with the angler in mind, countless hours of research and development go into a Sebile project. Versatility and multi-species appeal is a foundation of A Band of Anglers products.
Truong is instrumental in product development with A Band of Anglers, and these new lures are intrinsic to his fishing techniques. Truong is a great example of practicing what he preaches. He is not one of those anglers who is sponsored by, for example, Berkley but they’re fishing a Lucky Craft LV500 on tournament day. “It’s a no brainer to use the concepts of one of the world’s most accomplished anglers and lure designers.”
Hai Truong Fishing
If you find yourself in the Miami area and you’re looking for a sublime day on the water be sure to set yourself up with Hai Truong, you’ll be in store for a unique, fun angling adventure - http://www.haitruongfishing.com/
To learn more about A Band of Anglers visit https://abandofanglers.com/
Title image by Jan Maizler