Category: Isla Holbox


The Scorpion Expedition

I remember reminiscing with my father when we were able to catch up after I had been on some recent fishing adventures, it always involved him chewing on a swisher sweet, relaxing in a chair with a diet coke and looking at me in that fatherly way, “So where have you been”  “how big where the fish” “would you go back”  I wish I had the opportunity to sit down with the old man another time and tell him about this one……………The Scorpion Expedition was one of the best adventures I have ever been a part of.  First there was the crew, RA Beattie, Sandflea, Jose “Careto” from Punta Allen, Bear Holeman, Perk Perkins, and Ryan Buccola from Bend.   I was honored to be a part of this crew and can honestly say I have never been a part of a crew that went on an exploration and got along the way we did, it was special

The Scorpion Expedition will be released on the Fly Fishing Film Tour in 2013

Then there was the place, the natural beauty of the Scorpion Reef cannot be expressed in words, it is as if someone dropped the Seychelles in the Gulf of Mexico, here are a couple of scenes from the reef……….  (all Pictures were taken by RA Beattie)

Paradise found

This was my camping spot, not sure I will find a better place to hang a hammock in my lifetime!!

Then there was the fishing which was just a bonus to an extraordinary exploration, plenty of more to come on this one………………………………

Sandflea hooking up at first light!!

A special thank you to ORVIS for making this expedition happen, they were instrumental, along with our other sponsors: Yeti Coolers, Pescadowear, WorldCast Anglers, Breedlove Guitars, Chums, Maya Solar, Nu CastMontana Fly Company, Howler Bros………………THANK YOU

More to come…………………………..








Baby Tarpon on Dry Flies

Last August in the midst of recovering from shoulder surgery on my casting arm I was headed to Isla Holbox with some friends to catch up with Sandflea and the boys.  The trip was planned, the shoulder surgery was a surprise, but I figured I would just make the best of it (or have fun watching!!)

Baby Tarpon eating a dry fly



I arrived a day ahead of the group and was talking with Sandflea about how my left handed casting with a 12wt was going to be a little different than the 5wt I had just left at home.  Sandflea said he knew of a place very close where tons of baby tarpon had congregated, I said let’s go………..

I had brought down a bunch of smaller foam poppers that would pop on the first strip and the wiggle back to the surface, the takes were amazing!!

Some of the takes were down right explosive


When the rest of the group arrived I talked Nick the “C” Cozmo into spending a day fishing for the babies, it was a tough question because I could tell he wanted to fish for the big boys and it was a short trip.  Once he heard that we were getting them on dries, he was ready to go……..

Eat into jump














Explosive take and jump













Cozmo with a baby gone vertical

























Like the Old Man used to say “opportunity in every situation”, had I not had shoulder surgery I would have never experienced these fish eating dry flies

Cozmo with a big leap

















Myself, Bart "ZZZaaabbaaarrff" Langlois, and Sandflea on our way














The Crew, Kareto, Cozmo, Bart, Sandflea, Dawes, Eaton







We found the big boys as well




Happy New Year!!!!!

As we head into 2011 and start another year of fish tales, I thought I would post some pics from 2010 that never made it up on the site.  Here’s to another great fishing year in 2011!

Careto "The Permit Whisperer"

Iglesia San Francisco, Salta Argentina en route tochase some Dorado

Vance Freed with a nice Henry's Fork Brown

Bart Langlois "The Pescador" with a nice South Carolina Redfish

Nice Carp on the flats of Wyoming

Nick "the Coz" Cozmo in shock after a 25lb Dorado busted him up!

Who is going to untangle this mess!!

The Monster

Finding Gold

Another Monster

Cheers to 2011 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Turkey Day In Holbox

Headed back down to see Sandflea & family for thanksgiving, had quite a crew with us as well.  Isla Holbox is just one of those places I never grow tired of, the fishing is incredible, but the island and the people are the real attraction.  Third week of Novmeber and the first two days the mar slicked off and we put around 10 big fish in the air, yes Novmeber.   Had some good turkey and some good fishing, even got to watch some ball on Turkey day.  We had some weather roll through, afterwards we got into the babies, snook & and even a nice snapper and that parleyed into a sushi night.   Off to Punta Allen next ………