Category: Tarpon

Dec
06

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…………………………..

 

 

 

 

 

 


Feb
29

Nicaragua – The Rumble in the Jungle

Steve Tatigian, Jed Mixter, Ned Hutchinson and myself flew to the Atlantic Coast in search of River Tarpon and Snook.  Despite the conditions the trip turned out to be quite the adventure.  We flew into Bluefields and stayed at the Casa Rosa lodge which was right on the water and the food cooked by Mama was excellent!!  We fished for Snook in the rivers the first day with some good success and then the next day we headed North by boat at day break  for an incredible adventure !!  There had been a good amount of rain prior to our arrival, so a lot of the areas we were intending on fishing were off color, we still found some incredible Tarpon Lagoons with fish rolling everywhere, I can only imagine what it would have been like if the water was clear, maybe I will have to return.  The adventure itself was well worth it, a trip that is truly unique……..

(Photos taken by Jed Mixter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jed Mixter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The shakedown that ended well up North (left to right) Marco, Jefe 1, Mike Dawes, Jefe 2, Steve Tatigian, Ned Hutchinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After our adventure we flew back to the pacific side to meet up with the crew for some surf at Los Cardones, amazing trip.

The Monkey Winner!! Steve Whitney on the board, Congrats!!

 


Dec
27

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

 

 


Dec
08

Playa Blanca = Playa Permit

Just got back from another successful trip to Playa Blanca.  The last four trips  have been very good and the Permit fishing seems to be getting better and better.  We had an excellent group of 14 anglers and as always the lodge and staff were excellent.

17 Permit were caught for the week which was impressive as not everyone was fishing for permit.  There was some great Tarpon and Snook fishing and the Bonefish were plentiful and tailing.

I loved hearing the stories during the week of several people holding the Tarpon Fly in hand on 50lb shock, while in search of baby tarpon, seeing a Bonefish, throwing the Tarpon Fly at the Bone and watching him eat it on 50 lb shock!!

Says a lot about the area in which we were fishing.

Heading back at the end of March.  Some Permits shots from the group!!

Early morning, new fly!!

 

 

 

 

Grant Wood with 1 of 2, his first congrats Santiago!!!!

Austin Watson's first permit that ended with a Grand Slam!!!!

Jon Fenn, with 1 of 4, his first as well Congrats Jon!!

Don Watson with a great fish!!!!

Chuck Moos with a fine Permit

Jim Hickey with a nice sickle fin!!

The Fall Classic Crew!!!! (In order left to right) Jim Finley, Bill Egan, Mike Dawes, Alex Maher, Don Watson, Sara Cart, Austin Watson, Ben Cart, Jon Fenn, Dale Endris, Grant Wood (Santiago), Jim Hickey, Chuck Moos, Susie McDowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


May
05

Playa Blanca 2011- Swimming Jaguar?????

We had another great week at Playa Blanca in April, the weather cooperated for the most part, cookie cutter clouds each day with high winds, but it could have been worse.  While there were many highlights during our week and a lot of firsts in the permit and tarpon department, the main highlight was missed by most but caught by a few in a back country lagoon. A swimming Jaguar?????????????

yes that is a jaguar

Simply Amazing!!!!

The Jaguar was witnessed by Bob and Ian Markstein on the final day of our trip. It should also be mentioned that not only did Bob and Ian witness the Jaguar, it was there first trip on the flats!!! While they both landed numerous Bonefish and Tarpon, Ian managed four permit and a grandslam as well!!!!!!! Time for a lotto ticket?  Another great trip to PLaya, make sure to check in to see some of Douglas Barnes of Now Picture This work on the next entry.

Sara Cart with her first permit on the Fly!!!

 

 

Ben Cart with a nice Tarpon

 

 

Ian with one of his four permit on the fly!!!!

 

Uh Oh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Got Em


Jan
07

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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jul
06

Tarpon Lessons

Last month I had to the oppurtunity to head back down to the keys to fish with my good friends Tom Levandoski and Capt. Chris Mcreedy.  This was a Tarpon trip and all Permit desires were set aside for the week.  As weather seems to be a trend in 2010, the trend continued.  For the first 3-4 days the weather did not copperate, mostly in the light category, tough to sight fish without light.  The second half of the trip the light copperated but my angling skills did not.  The last day however the tides turned in our favor and we were able to put plenty of fishin the air.

As fishing goes, I learned plenty of invaluable lessons that will not be forgotten anytime soon.  I had not been fishing strictly for Tarpon in the Keys for the past 5 years as I have been spending most of my Tarpon fishing days in Mexico and mostly fishing for Permit in the Keys.  The angle in which the Tarpon sees the fly, or the angle in which you cast can be the difference in getting them to eat or not.  While this is inevitably something one would always think about, I had not put enough thought into it until the Capt. and Tom had a little talk with me about it.  What I came away with is that you can make a Tarpon eat a fly, but the angle in which you do so is more important than I ever thought.  The Keys are surely the Superbowl of Saltwater Fly Fishing, and offer some of the best fishing in the world and some of the sports biggest lessons.  What a difference it turned out to make and the lesson will surely stick with me.

It was also the first time I have ever fished out of Sugarloaf Marina, and what a surprise that was.  If you have never been, make sure to grab a cold one at the end of the day and sit at the bench and listen there is a lot to learn there on many fronts, not to mention non stop comedy, and introduce yourself to Johnny Jackson.

On the second to last day Andy Mill had dropped off a copy of his new book Tarpon with Capt. Bob Paulson and I had a chance to look through the entire book.  This book is the finest piece of work done on Tarpon I have ever seen, and when it comes out it will be coffee table sooner than later.

BP ——-What a Joke


Jan
11

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 ………