Flats and fly fishing on the coastal waters of Southwest Florida.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Matlacha Tarpon Report
We're hooking them but they're not making it easy for us. I've been out on the water almost every day this month and here are a few things I've observed about our tarpon season.
There a lot of small fish in the 10 to 30 pound range all over Matlacha Pass. This is a relatively recent development and they really started showing up last week. These are perfect fly rod size tarpon and they're all hungry. When they see a fly they usually try to eat it without hesitation. The problem is getting them to see the fly.
Right now the water in Matlacha Pass is darker than Cuban coffee and just as hot. This causes the tarpon to roll on the surface a lot more than normal but that's the only time it's possible to see them. Once they're down, they're invisible. An angler needs to be able to put a fly right in front of them within five seconds after they surface which incredibly difficult. It's basically like playing Wack-A-Mole with a fly rod.
If you can double-haul to 50 feet with only two false casts, you'll be able to catch tarpon on a fly in the Pass right now. That's a demanding requirement but it's what we've been faced with this month.