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Keys Tarpon Fishing Report (April 1)
Greetings from Tarpon World: Arrived here in Marathon on March 31, after a successful trip to Dominican Republic with friend/client Roy Cronacher, where Roy caught his first Atlantic Blue Marlin on fly. We fished with Captain Tim Richardson, with his mates Garrett Penley and Travis Cook, aboard Timmy’s 48′ G&S vessel Chaser, between March 26 and 30, we had a great time raising 13, getting 5 bites, and catching a Blue Marlin on fly.
On April first I moved into my rental home, launched “Fly Reel”, cleaned boat and got ready for first Keys Tarpon Fishing trip, then rigged 30 flies set up four 12 weight tarpon rods, charged spot lights, and then it was 6:30 PM. I picked up my client Michael Thompson, at his hotel at 7:15, and we pulled out of my marina at 7:45. Michel began Keys Tarpon Fishing with me in 1994, and has had some awesome catches over the years.
Tonight we headed up cormorant bank to the slew, where I began our first drift, didn’t take long to see an hear Tarpon feeding near our boat. We fished for four hours, only got two bites, the first Michael pulled the fly away from the fish, however his second bite was an aggressive big female, she ran off 300 yards of backing before we got her under control. Michael did a great job fighting this (first of this season) Tarpon, and 20 minutes after the bite, and about a mile from where it was hooked, Michael wound the leader into the tip top of the rod, signaling a technical release, several minutes later we got the fly back from the mouth of that awesome fish while she swam off unharmed.
Tomorrow will be better, I love my job, wish you were here. More Keys Tarpon Fishing Reports to follow,