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  1. I am heading out tomorrow morning on my first tarpon trip. I talked to the guide and he said that I will most likely be throwing a 12wt fly rod. I have never cast anything that big before. Any tips on casting this as opposed to the 8wt that I usually use for stripers? Thanks for any help. Salty
  2. All, I'm taking a trip to the keys in June and will be targeting tarpon, primarily under bridges, all from shore. I have a Penn Slammer 3 6500 that I just used in the Caribbean. Big fan. My fishing partner is convinced we will need 500 yds of 80lb braid to catch big tarpon. So, what exactly should we be using? We will be throwing artificials and bait. The Slammer I have can hold 350 yds of 50lb PowerPro. Is this going to be sufficient if I hook a decent fish? I am worried about line strength due to the structure, but I'm also worried about capacity for obvious reasons. Will my reel be sufficient, and what line/capacity would be enough? Thanks so much!
  3. Hey all, This question go out to all who have experience or intel on fishing the south beaches of Florida. Within the next few weeks I will be traveling to the beaches of southern Florida. I am looking to surf cast off the beach for just about whatever bites! I have every piece of fishing tackle a striped bass fisherman could want, however I am extremely ignorant on what to fish down south to target the sport fish of Florida. I plan on bringing a selection of lures to cover the water column but I was curious as to what you all would recommend to bring with me. Thanks
  4. Retired and have way too many rods, reels and other fishing equipment. Downsizing to just what I need. Billy Pate Anti Reverse RH (Ted Juracsik) Tarpon on TFO BVK 9' 12WT 4 piece. $450 picked up. Billy Pate Anti Reverse RH (Ted Juracsik) Bonefish $290 picked up. I can meet within an hour of zip 08759. I am in Whiting (Manchester Township), NJ in Ocean County. The reason for meeting is I want to make sure you are happy with the condition and equipment before purchasing. Thanks Gil
  5. Hi, I'm going to Saint Martin right after Christmas and want to put myself on some tarpon. Any tips? I was thinking of bringing a rod and reel, or maybe just a reel and renting a rod there. I wanted to go with that one guide service, but he went out of business. I've heard I should use at least 300 yards of 50 lb braid, 6/0-10/0 hooks, and 80 lb mono leader. I've also heard I should go at night to a bridge, and also that the southwest side of the island is where the tarpon are. Is there a place on the island where I can get bait? Thanks
  6. I thought you guys might appreciate this video my friend made of me jumping and landing a tarpon the Everglades last month. The video doesn't capture the full story: I was using my buddy's rod, which was equipped with a beautiful Tibor Gulfstream. All good, except the reel was a right hand retrieve, whereas I generally retrieve with my left hand. Awkward, but fine. As I was fighting the fish, I carefully increased the drag, tic by tic, as it was a bit loose for me. Of course, I was not remembering that the turn to tighten the drag was towards me, not away from me, as the reel was backwards - so I was steadily loosening the drag. The fish made a big pull and the thing free spooled and created a rat****. I immediately stripped line and put the fish back on my hand as I surveyed my colossal screw-up. Looked hopeless, but the guide (God bless him) was able to work it out while I fought the fish. Anyway, I got it back on the reel, brought the fish to hand and whooped louder than I ever have catching a fish. As my buddy said: "the stoke was real." EDIT: trying to figure out how to embed video. Sorry, new guy.
  7. Whats going on everyone? The mullet run has been pretty good this season in SE FL. Things have definitely slowed down and some of the bigger mullet have moved in the bay, and the fish don't seem to be pushing them as much. Best bite has been in the late afternoon before sundown on the small finger mullet. This video was shot last week and we were only fishing for a couple hours. Guys throwing artificial were getting two jacks at a time. We caught a bunch but unfortunately missed a bunch too, one was definitely a big fish that broke 30lb leader. I was fishing with my neighbors 6 year old grandson and told him I would hand him my first fish, little did I know it would be a tarpon.
  8. Hi folks! I am looking for a rod to pair with my Saragosa 10k with #50 braid for fishing migrating tarpons (70-200 lbs). I'm between two rods: Shimano Terez and St-Croix Mojo Salt. I'm leaning towards the St-Croix because of the warranty and the fact that it is made in usa. Moreover, I've read some bad things about the Terez (breaking for no reason), but it looks like the perfect match for the Saragosa. What would be your recommendation? Thanks!
  9. SOL'ers, Headed to the Bitter End in North Sound, Virgin Gorda. Thinking of bringing a travel rod and having a go at the local fish. I've been here a bunch but never fished. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
  10. Looking for any help regarding fishing in cuba. I will be in havana for only a few days. Oct 28-31 and looking to fish one of those days. I know im pretty far away from the great flats there but maybe there is a great guide service who can help guide me to some bonefish/tarpon or possibly a charter boat who can take us out for marlin,wahoo, tuna etc. thank you any help!
  11. Lets give this another try. I posted several days ago, but no responses, so at the suggestion of another member, I am trying again, this time with specific questions. First, a little background. I have been fly fishing freshwater since I was a kid, but only recently has it become more than just a part time hobby. Over the last two years I have spent a considerable amount of time on the water in Montana, and more recently in Alaska, where I now live. April will be my first foray to a salt water destination, and while I wont be in St. Maarten specifically to fish, I will have lots of free time and will definitely be bringing my rod. So pretty much I am starting at ground zero. Apologies for the noob status, but I wanted to give some explanation for my questions, should they sound ridiculous, because in truth, I don't know much right now. Now a few questions for your consideration... 1. Are there any specific books/you tube videos/pod casts I should check out before my first salt water experience? Any other sites where I might be able to find good info on St. Maarten? From what I can tell, its not a common fly fishing destination and beta is hard to find. 2. What should I be looking at for a fly quiver to bring down there? I am just starting to tie my own flies, but with job related time limitations over the next 2 months, it is unlikely I will be able to tie enough to use on this trip. If possible, I would like to buy a complete salt water fly kit. It sounds like permit, tarpon, and bonefish are what I will be looking for. What flies should I make sure to have? Sounds like chartreuse clouser patterns are good. Any place online recommended to pick up these and a few others? 3. What rigging options I should try? Steel leader seems to be mentioned for tarpon in other threads. I have WF floating rio grand on my spool now, but should I consider bringing another spool with a different line? 4. What are the regs/license requirement for St. Maarten? 5. Any techniques that I should focus on? I am watching videos on the slow strip that seem to work well for tarpon. What other techniques should I become proficient in that will help me down there? Thank you in advance for anyone that takes the time to respond with info relating to these questions, or any other general beta you are willing to provide. Stoked to give salt water a try, and I am looking forward to exploring the opportunities on St. Maarten. My plan is to post my experiences on this page after the trip, so if nothing else, hopefully it will help someone else out.
  12. Hello, First off, I am new to both this forum and to salt water fly fishing, although I have been fishing fresh water in Montana and Alaska for several years now. This spring I will be visiting the Caribbean island of Saint Martin (or whichever spelling is correct), and I have 4 days with nothing planned, so my hope is that I can pack a rod down and throw a few flies. That said, my initial research on fly fishing on the island has proven fruitless. The only fly fishing guide service I have seen mentioned is Tyt Lynz, but their website is down and I do not see any comments on them in the past several years. However, my preference is to only hire a guide as a last resort. I am hoping someone can give me some general info about places to fish, what fish to expect, how to fish them, and what rod/reel/line setup to bring, as well what flies might work. So yes, I am asking a lot, but my guess is there is someone out there who has fished this island, and I would love to glean some knowledge. My thought was to bring my 9' 10wt. Sage One, as it is the only rod in my quiver that seems appropriate for the larger fish, like tarpon, which seem to be fairly common in the inland water. I just want to catch fish, and I am willing to do what it take to make it happen, so lay it on me! Thank you in advance for any information you share. I know noobs can be a pain in these forums because we don't contribute, but I appreciate you helping facilitate my learning and adventure! CK