I keep cursing out the high winds for messing up my tarpon fishing but at least trout like this are everywhere right now. Most of my anglers have gone home with some really nice filets for the grill this week so that's a big plus. Use Gulps under popping corks on almost any 3 foot deep flat and you'll catch trout like this, too.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
|Carbon Marine Line Lair|
This product has been around for several years and just about every serious angler I know is using them. As you can see in the photo above, it's nothing more than a thick mat with a few dozen 3" rubber spikes molded onto its surface. These loosely hold the fly line in place without snagging it for the next cast. At $129, it's a rather expensive slab of rubber but the Line Lair really works as advertised.
|Ryobi Collapsible Leaf Basket.|
A much cheaper solution, and one I used to use for years, are the folding leaf baskets that sell for about $20 at Home Depot. These actually work better since they have a larger mouth than the rigid line baskets sold specifically for fly fishing. They need quite a bit of weight added to their bottoms to keep them from blowing off the deck in 20 knot winds. A large, soaking wet beach towel dropped in their bottom usually works but a piece of garden hose filled with lead sinkers is the preferred modification. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop the top half of these baskets from dancing around in some serious gusts. For that reason alone I stopped using them completely.
If you can swing it, get the Carbon Marine Line Lair. It's one of those rare examples of something that you'll get more than your money's worth out of over its lifetime.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
I don't post a lot of tarpon pictures since we jump far more fish than we actually land and I rarely have a camera in my hands during the fight. I got lucky with this tarpon, a midsize guy that ate a fly in the flat calm afternoon water in Charlotte Harbor. The light was harsh so it isn't a great shot but not bad for having a Nikon in one hand and a push pole in the other. This fish also spat the hook about two seconds later.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Beavertail BTV this morning. Our plan was to look for tarpon but the wind screwed that up and we hit the mangroves instead looking for anything that would bite. Eric actually hooked the Slam but his huge trout popped off before we could land it. The snook and redfish cooperated and were sent back after their photo session.
Both of these fish came from the water around Mondongo and Patricio Islands in the north part of Pine Island Sound. This is a great little microcosm of grass flats, oyster bars, and both shallow and deep mangrove shorelines. It's an excellent area to explore on a rising tide, especially when you need somewhere to hide from a southeast wind.