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p24Fishing Grounds

You’ll be fishing in various different scenarios, all of them in the mangrove coast that runs northeast from the city’s coastline: mangrove shore, creek mouths, open bays, deep back in mangrove rivers and inlets. The goal here is to find cruising or rolling tarpon but it is not a rule. Depending on tide conditions, water color, and some other factors blind casting will be necessary when your guide indicates as there are some hotspots that tarpon is hidden but feeding and has been very productive casting. It’s worth taking the time to blind cast for sure. Baby tarpon fishing is not as predictable as other species. These “babies” have to be chased or intercepted, that is the reason that depending on the tide condition sometimes you’ll be 100-yards offshore and other times in the middle of a creek, so it is desirable to be able to cast in different situations, especially for fly anglers. Anglers using light spinning gear will not require long casts but you need to be very accurate. Instructions will be given in advance. If wind is blowing from east or southeast, the mangrove shore is always “mirror” type water, when it changes to west or northwest, the breeze starts rippling the water and that is when sight fishing gets difficult. This usually happens after noon, so more blind casting may be necessary as the day goes on while fishing in open bays.

The tarpon range from to 5 to 30-pounds averaging 10 pounds. A typical day will literally show 50 to hundreds of tarpon. If twelve fish are jumped and 2 or 3, even 5 are landed, it should be considered a good day. The most significant factor to finding the fish will be the wind or the lack thereof, tide and the interaction of the two.

  • Off-shore turtlegrass banks: located 2 or 3 miles offshore, casting 50-80 feet, some blind casting needed. With lack of wind, rolling schools can be spotted from 100-yards away. You can expect long fish runs and many jumps.
  • Mangrove Shore: Sneaking around creek mouths and the bay shore casting 20 to 50 feet underneath hanging branches will produce explosive hook ups. Very visual casting.
  • Creeks & Inlets: We’ll take you back through the channels where you’ll be casting under a beautiful mangrove canopy. Casting range 10-30 foot rollcasts.

As the whole bay bottom is soft and shallow, you’ll be fishing 2 to 8-foot water and there is not chance to wade.

Season

We fish year round as fish are resident. Winter and Spring bring more samples of  larger Juveniles in decent size schools to the game. The babies are happy as far as weather cooperates and coldfronts are not blowing. Summer and Fall are the steadiest as the rainfall flushes the mangrove with nutrients into the Gulf, generating more happy brackish water. It is the hurricane season. Do  not worry too much. We don´t get as many as the caribbean waters.

A Typical Day Fishing

After breakfast at the hotel, the fishing day starts with the first light of sunrise and ends around 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., but if the fish are biting we’ll stay longer. You can reach the fishing grounds from 5-minutes to 1 hour and 40 minutes, our fishing range runs as far 40 miles away. When you reach your destination the guide will cut the motor, then anglers and guides start the polling and chasing game. If bite is slow, guides will more spot after spot until the trophy is located. The experience is very visual.

Other Species

SNOOK, CUDA, SNAPPER, JACK CREVALLE

Gear yourself up

It is important to remember that you’ll be travelling to a remote area where there are no sporting goods stores. Purchase what you need before departing for your trip. Suggestable to bring rods that can be easy carry on an overseas trip either 3 or four pieces.

  • FLYFISHING

    • Flies: Classic tarpon flies, seaducers, minnows, cockroaches, gurglers, EP’s, bunnies, classic Stu Tarpon Fly, Gary Merriman Tarpon Toad. No longer than 3 inches.
    • Assorted colors:  Black death, purple death, black/white, white/red, red/yellow most of them with flashabou/crystal flash/ rainbow flash.
    • Hooks: # 1, 1/0 and 2/0, Gamakatsu/Owner/Tiemco/Varivas
    • Line: Floating line WF, 100 yards backing, 10 Wt with sinking tip or slow sinking line
    • Rods: Four Piece Rods on 8/9 and 10 wt. Fast action.
    • Leader Spools: 20# Monofilament leader 40# Fluorocarbon tippet, or 9 ft tapered to #40 bite tippet
    • Backing: At least 100 yds required

  • Spinning

    • Line: tests 8, 10,12-lbs, mono, braided or nanofil
    • Rods: Light spinning rods of 6’6″  to 8 –feet length with medium to  heavy action.
    • Two or more pieces rod for easy storage while ground transfers
    • Leader: Monofilament spool for leader of #40. Wire for Barracudas.
    • Lures: 1/8 – 1/4 Oz. Marabou or bucktail jigs,  leadheads with softbaits such as shads/tailed grubs bright and dark colors.
    • DOA LURES have shown to be very effective in the lightest versions of the Terror-eyz model.
    • HARDBAITS: 3-4 in. poppers or surfwalkers with single hooks. Any brand.