Well the feast is over and the second half of the holiday madness has begun. After filling my gullet with enough turkey to last me a year and picked up where I last left off.
With a decent weather window I decided to head down to the Keys to area I could only described as magical. After a little while I was able to pick out a set of nice mid size tarpon laid up on a flat. A good cast on my part and a crabby fly I was hooked up… A quick run and some splashing and it was over… Mr. Tarpon wore through my 15lb tippet and I lost my crab fly. Some more poling revealed a few permit laid up in some deep water but mother nature had other plans and the winds picked up and I pulled the plug.
On the way home I get the phone call from Chris A.K.A Kent about making a run down to the park. I had other plans and I decided to take him down to the keys to one my secret spots.
After a run in to a big school of bonefish and a mishap that almost cost Kents life by my hand! We where into some fish.
What a hot mess! had to stop and untangle this beast while Kent wrangled a nice red.
Kent with nice Red
the shock in the face when the cold water hits your jewels!
I really wrestled with the idea of making this capture as dramatic as possible…I wanted to swinging in a wrangling this red like a true pirate by swinging in from a rope tied to the mast with a knife in my mouth but I just did it the simple way.
With a few things needing to be tend to before the sun came down we headed back in for a quick R and R. We re-geared and headed out to a “secret spot” to blast a few tarpon.
Hope everyone had a great Holiday! Don’t forget to bring a Toy or nonperishable can good to the skinny water culture party!