Greetings from Tarpon World!
I arrived in Marathon on April 5, took possession of my rental home, in the same neighborhood where I used to live (Galway Bay) and moved in. On Sunday morning I cleaned my boat after the long tow from NC, then I launched the boat and put it at the marina where I will be fishing out of for the next couple of months. After getting the boat ready I rigged up all of my Tarpon fly tackle and got ready for my first Tarpon adventure. Then on Monday evening, April 7, I picked up Paul Lombardi at the Ranch House Motel at 7:00 PM and headed to the marina.
We boarded “Fly Reel” at 7:20 PM, headed out too “Tarpon World”, where I instructed Paul in the proper use of a 12 weight TFO fly rod, a Mako #9500 Fly Reel, loaded with a 12 weight RIO Tarpon Taper fly line, with a 20 pound class tippet, and a “POON BUG” fly. Paul made a cast to an area where some Tarpon were swimming around. Five minutes later Paul was rewarded when a 70 pound, male, Tarpon ate his fly and ripped off 100 yards of backing while doing all kinds of acrobatic jumps. Fifteen minutes later Paul Lombardi released his first adult Tarpon ever caught on a fly.
We wound up the night at 11:30 PM after Paul had 5 bites from Poons, he hooked and fought three Tarpon on fly, He broke the class tippet on a red hot 50 pound fish, and caught two, one was about 60 pounds and the other 70 pounds.
On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Paul and I headed down to Cudjoe Key to have a great dinner at “The Square Grouper” restaurant, as the violent weather front was coming through here between 6 PM and 9 PM, with the wind swinging from southeast to northwest and increased to 30 plus knots with strong rain. After dinner we headed out as the rain slowed and the wind settled in at under 20 knots from the north. Unfortunately, the weather and dirty water turned off the Tarpon, and although we heard several fish eating, we never caught a Tarpon tonight.
Tonight, Wednesday April 9, the weather looks like it will be much better, Paul and I begin fly fishing for Tarpon at 9:00 PM. I assume that these tarpon will put on the feed bag and we will have a good evening of Tarpon fishing, I love my job, stay tuned for more fly fishing reports to follow.
Jake Jordan’s Fishing Adventures
PO Box 500937
Marathon FL 33050