Bass Fisherman and Photographer
Founder of Laptew Productions, Inc.
Mike Laptew has been diving for over 45 years and started fishing when he could barely walk. He was a former competitive spear fisherman for over 15 years, and for the last 16 years, has been shooting fish exclusively with a camera.
His footage can be seen in the International Game Fishing Association Museum, as well as aquariums and universities around the country. Underwater scenes of sailfish, striped bass, fluke, bluefish, roosterfish and other game fish have been televised on such programs as Days of a Sportsman, Saltwater Sportsman, Walker’s Cay Chronicles, Out There, Fishing New England, and a number of documentaries and PBS productions.
His photographs and articles have appeared in Field & Stream, Saltwater Sportsman, Gray’s Sporting Journal, The Redbone Journal, On The Water, and The Fisherman. Mike has traveled extensively and videotaped and filmed fish in Siberia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Panama, Bonaire, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Midway Atoll, Japan, and in states from Maine to Alaska and Hawaii. He has also filmed living legends like Frank Mundus, Lefty Kreh, Dan Blanton, Stu Apt, Marsha Bierman, Ron Arra, Bob Rocchetta, and George Cochran.An active member of the Recreational Fishing Alliance’s advisory board and participant in Save The Bay and Clean The Bay, he makes every effort to improve our marine environment and protect our rights to fish.