I'm going to post my own personal experience about these vids...
I have pretty extensive knowledge of saltwater fishing (west coast) having grown up and fished the Southern California saltwater scene for decades. Having said that, I hadn't the faintest clue as to how to fish the Texas Inshore areas. I have lurked around various boards trying to gain info (tons of great info on this site, by the way!). I came across several of Tobin's posts. Jackpot! What a treasure trove of info this guy is.
Hell, I even called the guy to get info from him. Instead of being a "pay to play" guy, he offered me valuable insight about Trout and Redfish while NEVER ONCE asking me for a dime to buy his vids. I was so blown away by it that I bought my first DVD. I learned so much stuff from it, that I almost felt like I was ripping him off. Normally, to learn stuff like this you gotta fork over $$$ to a guide to acquire that kind of knowledge.
I went out to Corpus with fresh knowledge in my head, and absolutely slayed it (for a newb, that is). The redfish were tough to come by but I managed to catch and release several slot reds over the course of 3 days. I wouldn't have had the first clue on how to do that. I figured out the Trout bite fairly quick, but those reds I really had to work for.
Side note: The 2nd day of the trip we were blasted by howling winds and thunderstorms that popped up out of nowhere. I had a convo that literally went like this: "With this weather, I don't want to make the long run south. I'm gonna call Tobin." I rang him up, and he mentioned finding some deep water (ICW) fish that I could get to within 3 minutes of untying the boat from the dock. We spent the day fishing the ICW for high quality Trout and Reds while everyone else was on the flats.
The point isn't so much that he gave me some sort of magical insider info. It was that when I rang him up he answered and was very helpful. Here I am, a relative stranger, calling him up and prying for info, and the guy totally helped me out. Today, it seems you can't find this kind of customer service in virtually any industry. Never mind the absolute fact that the info in his DVD's literally erase hundreds or thousands of dollars in extra costs in gas over the years of gaining this info the old fashioned way of trial and error.
Side note #2: I am IN NO WAY trying to downplay the hard-working guides who teach us about fishing the Texas Coast. These guys work hard and go the extra mile to make sure their clients leave with a big ol' grin.
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