Captain Justin Bachert - Big Pine Key, Florida
Happy to introduce our latest Guide, Guru, and Contributing Team Member here on Flats Nation, Captain Justin Bachert (along with some help of his lovely Fiancé Krissy I am sure) who is going to help us better cover The Keys Flats Fishing scene!
Captain Justin is a Florida Atlantic University Graduate, US Navy Veteran (thank you for your service!) & Full-Time, Year-round guide in the Florida Keys.
Brother Justin and I were introduced and got a chance to chat as we closed up the party at the last Fly Tying event at Seven Mile Fly Shop which you can find out more about and join us at the next one by clicking Here
Justin though is an awesome guy and involved in and passionate on various conservation efforts with both CFCW and BTT here in Florida! We are really looking forward to working with him on more projects related to those efforts here on Flats Nation for sure.
Some of the items we have planned are some product reviews since he is a R.L. Winston Pro staff member as has field tested other product lines under live fire conditions, this while picking fights with things the size of smaller farm animals 😊
And of course, discuss other products related to the Flats Fishing Lifestyle we also cover both in Articles and Podcasts here on Flats Nation where we pull deep dives into their Features and Benefits of these items while helping cut through the Marketing Hype (some) like to promote.
Some of the smaller items (like clothing and shoes) can really make a difference when out on The Flats both in both your ability to survive the environment, as well as help you stay "Fit for the Fight" as I like to call it even at 2pm in 95-degree heat. You know those kind of days... The ones where you could pee in your pants and not feel the difference. It can be rough fishing for those unprepared for sure! And many of those same products and concepts, have a lot of cross over value and other use applications. It is one thing to hit The Flats for a day or so of fishing with a week to recover in an air-conditioned office like many of our weekend warriors here have. Another whole ball game for those who are on the water for two hundred plus days a year! Little things many that are not remembered like the best ways to stay hydrated so you don't hit the deck like a shot elephant by Noon, or getting eaten alive by Sand Gnats have a lot of value for our Tribe here on Flats Nation yet hardy covered by others it seems?
One of the topics we are really looking forward discussing with Justin, is a newer and upcoming Skiff Builder here in Florida called Floyd Skiff that is now his chariot and daily office...
Justin for much of his time "Lives" on his Skiff and is well versed on what he likes and what he would like to see improved (since there is no perfect Skiff) for his needs that could very easily translate over for your best use case.
It is one thing to get compensated or a member of X Product Pro Staff team and not that such input holds less value for we have found the Gear and Products our Guides here on Flats Nation now use many times bought even before becoming an ambassador for those brands! Holds yet and even more value in our eyes, when you stroke a check or sign loan papers for those you are not directly affiliated with per se. What is that saying "Put your Money where your Mouth is" is just as valuable if not more for sure!
So, in closing really looking forward to working more with Captain Justin and getting his feedback on the Gear and Tactics he employees to stalk the fish (including Fly Rod) in his ecosystem! What may work in say Tampa Bay with the all the pressure it receives from the "Chum and Run" crowd as I like to label them. Simply not even needed or even employed in say the waters of Big Pine or Everglades where he lives and runs.
You can reach Captain Justin at Hot Water Fishing for a trip on his website found by clicking Here this or call / text him at 386- 206-6137 and if a Veteran like most of the staff on Flats Nation are, do let him know! Also let him know you found out him here on Flats Nation and Welcome Aboard Captain Justin! We are really looking forward to your articles and advise for all our Tribe!
Tight Lines, and God Bless!