I’ve been on the water everyday this month tarpon fishing and it’s been phenomenal! I’ve been fishing from Biscayne Bay to Islamorada for tarpon with fly tackle as well as spin tackle with live mullet and crabs. Both fly and bait fishing have been great and if you haven’t made your plans to come down and fish, now is defiantly the time.
The highlight of the month was angler Dr. Richard Rondel 79 years young from the United Kingdom. He contacted me several months ago and he told me his goal was to catch a tarpon on fly or spin. Richard fished with me for seven days in a row down in Islamorada, Florida.
We tried fly fishing for the first couple of days, but it was a bit to windy for Richard so we ended up bait fishing the rest of the week. We hooked and battled several tarpon throughout the week, but for some reason we kept loosing fish next to the boat. We had fish on from 80 lbs to 130 lbs on and fish kept getting unbutton using Owner SSW inline circle hooks. I really could not explain what was going on. I have been fishing these hooks for years and once in a while you loose a fish, but we were loosing almost every fish after pulling on them for 20 minutes and the hook will just pull out without a nick on the line.
It was just one of those weeks, but we Richard finally made his dreams come true and we boated a nice 100 pounder took some photos and let her swim away. I want to congratulate Richard for sticking it out for seven full days. I know guys half his age that can’t rough it out like Richard did at 79 year young. I want to also thank all the rest of the Anglers who fished with me all month long chasing tarpon.
We still have all of June for migrating tarpon and all summer long for tarpon fishing in Miami for evening tarpon trips. I have some days open in June do to some cancelations so give me a call to go over some dates.