I was 20 miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. with Cabela's Cat, a team of four seaworthy mates aboard a 30-ft. sport-fishing cuddy taking part in the 2008 Sword Lords Fishing Tournament. Overhead loomed a menacingly large lightning storm that had chased our team out of Port Everglades and stranded about 14 of the 32 teams back at the port. The Atlantic's surface that morning had been as smooth as glass, but had now turned into 4-ft. waves making half of our crew seasick. I was anxiously waiting for that soft clicking sound of the reel to start taking line out; meaning we'd have a swordfish on line. As I rode those waves I became very aware of what my three most important pieces of equipment would be when we hooked a fish: the heavy-duty rod and reel, the fighting belt I had put on and Cabela's Guidewear Siphon Sneakers.
"Let him take the line out about 50 feet before you start reeling him in," said Captain Mike Powers.
Meanwhile, the cuddy didn't have a bench so I used a cooler to get into position with my fishing rod. I holstered the rod in the fighting belt and got a very good foothold. Water was splashing over the sides of the boat, but the siped rubber bottoms of my Siphon sneakers held a tight grip on the boat deck. The mesh and drainage ports kept my feet from getting too soaked. As I reeled in this swordfish, my whole body was rocking in a back and forth sway to assist in reeling. One slipup would mean the difference between fumbling the rod or tearing the hook out of the fish's soft mouth. True to their name, the Siphons held their grip like a suction cup. When the balloon indicator got to the boat, the captain grabbed a gaff and his first mate grabbed the 50-lb. test line and began pulling it up by hand. That's when the swordfish went under the boat and broke loose when the line cut on the boat's abrasive pant.
I would have loved to eat some of that big fish, but I'm also a big fan of catch-and-release fishing. So, I'm not too disappointed that it lives on to swim another day.
Likewise, my Siphon Sneaker's anatomical footbeds still serve me with great comfort and support to this day. I wear them to work on nice days because they breathe through the mesh uppers and have classy looking leather trim. I'm not afraid to wear them to my favorite fishing holes either, because they clean up easily with soap and a wet rag. And, they are probably the most comfortable walking shoes I've ever owned.
If you boat or like to wear footwear that looks as casual as it feels, then you'll be a happy customer with a pair of Siphon Mocs or Sneakers.