Monday, July 25, 2016

Recent Catches

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Green Herons

Two fledglings that just left the nest near the boat ramp at Matlacha Park. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

And Another Tarpon

I'm a little behind schedule with my photos and these were from last weekend when some of my relatives from Delaware were in town.  Here's a shot of cousin Jason with his first tarpon, a sweet 30 pounder that ate a pinfish in Matlacha Pass.  You can see that the water is still very brown which is not uncommon for this time of year.  The tarpon don't mind it at all and have been rolling happily most mornings from the mouth of the Caloosahatchee to Burnt Store Marina. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Few More Tarpon

There are still some bigger fish around but these small mid-summer tarpon are my favorites. Martin Walls from Oklahoma spent his birthday hooking a few earlier this week near Little Pine Island.  These guys are usually eager to hit a fly and my go-to pattern lately has been a #2 Schminnow with bead chain eyes to get them further down in the water.  They're easy to tie and even easier to cast with light rods. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

It's Still Tarpon Season On Pine Island

This is a shot from yesterday morning after 18-yr old Chance Smink from PA landed his first tarpon. It wasn't a full grown fish but we kept it in the water since it was just over the 40" size limit. This was one of a few dozen tarpon busting live minnows and crabs in the very brown water just north of the Matlacha Pass drawbridge. They've been on a feeding frenzy lately and my anglers have been hooking them on everything from live pinfish to #4 Schminnow flies.