Quick Florida keys Tarpon Trip Report

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Jonathan Tachell, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. Jonathan Tachell

    Jonathan Tachell Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2004
    Messages:
    799
    Media:
    36
    Likes Received:
    182
    Location:
    Gig Harbor, Washington
    Went on a trip to the Florida Keys for a week to fly fish for tarpon. Hit the worm hatch and killed it the first evening. Then we had terrible weather the rest of the trip including a tropical storm but we still managed to hook a few fish each evening. Anyway, we jumped a bunch of poon and had a blast. Here are a few pics out of the 100 or so that we took on the trip.
    Fly fishing for tarpon 183.JPG Fly fishing for tarpon 210.JPG Fly fishing for tarpon 206.JPG Fly fishing for tarpon 200.JPG

    Tight Lines Everyone!
     
  2. DimeBrite

    DimeBrite MA-9 Beach Stalker

    Joined:
    May 7, 2007
    Messages:
    987
    Media:
    45
    Likes Received:
    437
    Location:
    Marine Area 9
    Very nice, congratulations! The rough seas must have made casting on the platform a little tricky. That tarpon you have by the lip is a big girl. I'd love to fish for them during the worm hatch when they are feeding, your hook-up rate was amazing. I can't wait until my next trip.
     
  3. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2007
    Messages:
    6,569
    Media:
    61
    Likes Received:
    1,741
    Location:
    Duvall, wa
    Home Page:
    Hitting the worm hatch is damn lucky. solid work!
     
  4. Chris Bellows

    Chris Bellows Your Preferred WFF Poster

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2003
    Messages:
    1,903
    Media:
    13
    Likes Received:
    1,029
    Location:
    The Salt
    you came back? :)
     
  5. Jonathan Tachell

    Jonathan Tachell Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2004
    Messages:
    799
    Media:
    36
    Likes Received:
    182
    Location:
    Gig Harbor, Washington
    It was tough to come back Chris!
     
  6. formerguide

    formerguide Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2012
    Messages:
    333
    Likes Received:
    841
    Location:
    Bonney Lake, WA
    Very nice. I think tarpon are simply magnificent. Love the pic of the jumped fish airborne, holes in the water indeed!

    Dan
     
  7. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2009
    Messages:
    1,679
    Media:
    35
    Likes Received:
    433
    Location:
    Yakima, WA
    Hey Jonathan, I was down there last week for the storm as well...glad you got into the fish before she hit!
     
  8. orangeradish

    orangeradish Bobo approved

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2009
    Messages:
    2,512
    Likes Received:
    509
    Location:
    Capital City
    Home Page:
    Rad. Welcome home. Hit me up this week if you get some time.
     
  9. Jonathan Tachell

    Jonathan Tachell Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2004
    Messages:
    799
    Media:
    36
    Likes Received:
    182
    Location:
    Gig Harbor, Washington
    Luke we were out fishing in the storm catching fish. We had a little issue trying to run back in the rain, wind and lighting though. Would not recommend running your flats boat aground in a lighting storm. Makes for an intense situation.
     
  10. Mingo

    Mingo the Menehune stole my beer

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2005
    Messages:
    2,647
    Media:
    328
    Likes Received:
    391
    Location:
    Happy Hour, WA
    Great shots....you guys caught over 100 tarpon? Wow!
     
  11. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2006
    Messages:
    2,136
    Likes Received:
    1,749
    Location:
    Wallingford, WA
    Home Page:
    Tell me more about the worm hatch- what is it etc?
     
  12. Jonathan Tachell

    Jonathan Tachell Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2004
    Messages:
    799
    Media:
    36
    Likes Received:
    182
    Location:
    Gig Harbor, Washington
    No Mingo I was referring to how many pictures we took. I hooked 23 tarpon on the trip. The palolo worm hatch is basically just some worms that swim up out of the corral around this time of year and tarpon go nuts for them.
     
    wadin' boot likes this.
  13. Upton O

    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2009
    Messages:
    2,197
    Likes Received:
    235
    Location:
    out of state now
    Home Page:
  14. Dipnet

    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2012
    Messages:
    989
    Likes Received:
    406
    Location:
    Silverdale, WA
    Nice report both here and on your blog, JT!

    That place looks a bit more plush than just sleepin' in the back of the truck! ;)

    Glad to hear that you guys got into some fish; sorry to hear that the weather was not the best but it looks as if you made the best of it!
     
  15. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2003
    Messages:
    4,116
    Media:
    203
    Likes Received:
    565
    Location:
    Near the Fjord
    I'm drooling now.... nice Jonathan!
     

Share This Page