Fly Fishing for Juvenile Tarpon

I had a single fly-caught tarpon to my name…that is until a couple weeks ago.  While visiting some good friends in Key West, I managed to sight cast and land a couple sub-adult (baby) tarpon from my buddies dinghy. The plan had been to do a few days from a mother-ship (my buddy’s “house”) in…

Feeding Stock Island Tarpon

If you want to see dozens of 100+ lb tarpon behaving like trained dogs, throw the scraps from your catch into the water at the Stock Island marina.  These fish know an easy meal when they see it. I was talking to one of the boaters there at the marina, and he was remarking on…

Fishing Report – Wading for Bonefish

After spending the day sailing and not seeing a single dolphin, I decided to wade the flat on the western edge of Boca Chica at sunset.  At sunrise two days earlier, I saw two fish tailing on the flat here while walking to the marina shower.  Foolishly, I did not run back to the boat,…

Sailing Key West

The day after fishing the reef, the weather forecast took a turn for the worse.  15-20 knot winds put an end to visions of running out for Mahi in a small boat.  Instead, we took my buddy’s house/boat out – a 35′ catamaran affectionately called the “Bay Cat” – as far as the Gulfstream.  Out…

Fishing Report – Key West Reef Fishing

After fishing the Everglades and 10,000 Islands for the last few days, I headed down to Key West via the “Key West Express” ferry.  Once there, and after a solo lunch and a couple beers at Turtle Kraals, I was picked up by a childhood friend who now lives on a 35′ catamaran in the…

DIY Fly Fishing for Dolphin

Spring and Summer in the Florida Keys is about dolphin fishing.  Sure…you can lobster, or fly fish for bonefish, tarpon, and permit on the flats, but spending a day chasing dolphin with a fly rod is the real deal.  And there is no fish that combines beauty, gameness, and flavor like these fish. Step #1: …