New Hampshire and Costa Rica based fly-fishing, sporting marine, gamefish, sportfishing painter and illustrator, Mike Savlen finally connected with one of his fishing goals: catching a huge bull roosterfish.
There are younger fish with intact dorsals, unscathed skin who are frankly prettier looking. But this fish was so right for the moment that one is left wondering just what forces may have been at play here. The time-n-chance factor is a major player in life – but there are times when even it doesn’t have this much pull on life’s events.
The old bull wrestled Mike for an exhausting 45 minutes before allowing himself to be subdued. Mike carefully hoisted the old ‘boy’ aboard. Snapping the requisite shots, Mike then carefully lowers him back into the briney world from whence he came.
For a few moments – with his gills being surged with fresh oxygen – strength returns to the old warrior and with a thrust from his tail, Mike gets the nod and releases him back into the depths.
Mike captured this moment on this video of : Mike Savlen releasing his 1st buck Roosterfish. A testement to the value of this meeting.