Bright sun, partly cloudy, fair winds, shallow flat and a pack of 30 or so hungry tarpon. Note that the wind and the incoming tide are both moving hard from my right to left which I figure out after my first cast and adjust accordingly. With the great visibility, it is remarkable to watch your fly swim through the top of the water column and then be eaten three times by two different tarpon. Fish eats around minute 8:25. Thanks to Albert for doing what a great guide does and to Marvin for filming. Pardon the lens vignetting (we went to the wide angle polarized lens). I want to go back..
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With Keys guide, Barry, and friend, Tom, I manage to feed a hungry tarpon who climbs over another tarpon to eat my fly. The tarpon goes crazy on the hook set and flies around in the air several times. The eat comes right around minute 1:35 and the best jump is around minute 2:10.
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With guide, Albert, and friend, Tom, we feed a tarpon around minute 4:00 and then the tarpon makes a high jump around minute 4:50 which makes Ponz scream. My fancy Tibor reel has some issues that make landing this fish difficult (the anti-reverse screw had wiggled loose), but we leader the 85 lb tarpon.
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Super guide, Albert, puts us in front of a long chain of 300 tarpon strung out for hundreds of yards headed directly to Vegas. With the right cast in a stiff wind, one of the tarpon slides up and crushes the fly with an epic eat (minute 1:00). But, I am a just a hair slow on bowing to the silver king and the tarpon jumps off. Great jump!!!
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When your guide orchestrates you throwing the right fly at the correct angle into the school of tarpon, spectacular things are going to happen. With guide, Albert, and friend, Tom, we are whacking the hungry tarpon. This fish eats on my second cast.