Tarpon on Fly 6-14-12

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    Senior Member Tight Loops's Avatar
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    Tarpon on Fly 6-14-12

    Got an invitation to fly fish Pine Island for tarpon. Met up with Joe Harley at dark thirty and headed out for dawn patrol.


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    Hit a lot of spots running and gunnin. I was first up and got a fantastic eat by a 24 inch fish. He struck and missed the fly and would not give up. Missing it over and over all the way back to the boat. Just as I was out of line and out of room he ate! Wish I had a video of that.
    Next up is Joe who hooks up on baby tarpon. What a beautiful fish that was carefully photographed and release.

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    Next spot has some bigger fish mixed in and I am back up on deck. I cast and cast to rolling fish with no success so decide to change our luck and Joe steps up to the bow. After a while he gets and eat from a bigger fish and the fight is on.

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    Which ended in a VERY healthy release...the kind you need a towel and clean your glasses after...but it was the end of our day and time for a nice ride back in.

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    Nice. You had a better day than me. I paddled 11 miles to picnic island and caught nothing but, jumped 2 tarpon about 50lbs each.

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    Yea!

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    Nice tarpon on the fly!! I need to get my act together and finally learn how to fly fish.

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    We can help you learn whenever you are ready. That is what we do with schools here and in Georgia. It might not be the most productive way to fish but it is one of the most fun.

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    I hear fly fishing can be good therapy for the for our inner spirit..
    thanks for the report.
    larrywitt

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    I hear fly fishing can be good therapy for the for our inner spirit..
    thanks for the report.
    larrywitt
    sorry double post
    Last edited by larrywitt; 06-18-2012 at 10:31 AM.

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    Sounds like a good day.
    I often find flies to be more effective than regular lures, especially when dealing with fish that are feeling the fishing pressure. Something about the quiet presentation and the twitch of a fast strip just brings out that reflex strike .

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    Yes and I think a bit of zonker strip or marabo that breathes in the water and moves even between strips helps too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by binder077 View Post
    Nice tarpon on the fly!! I need to get my act together and finally learn how to fly fish.
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