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: Checking in from the land of giant tarpon

02-16-2007, 07:51 PM
jumped 4 today, broke down and rented a small skiff for two hours - should have started in the morning from the boat but rented noon - 2pm the worst time for sun and slow fishing but still had 8 or 9 takes with four jumped zero landed

moved on to get the rental car back to SJ long drive lots of traffic

walked miles of grass flats yesterday mid-day, no bones or permit seen but I saw two from the boat in flight today as I cruised over a large flat between two mangrove islands

frankly I mostly hiked cliffs and swam incredible beaches and chewed the fat with locals, fishermen are common here only took a dozen casts the first day but those were at 75 pound tarpon from shore (video coming)

today I actually pulled the fly away from 5-6 foot fish to save my only killer fly, a big ass creeper (the PNW guys know this pattern I developed for summer steelhead) hooked fish that were much more reasonable in size instead

30# leader is useless, cut the butt section down to a foot from the line to hold them they learn quick, have to keep moving

have not been able to wake up early yet to find them rolling in lagoons all in areas facing open water

not as good as I would have thought but it's probably my learning curve and lack of a boat in most spots

heading to other locales will check in again later


02-17-2007, 12:25 AM
keep em coming, however my expectations are to hear stories of lots of fish hooked.

02-17-2007, 01:41 AM
Oh you dog!!! I didn't know you were going!

02-17-2007, 06:48 AM
Cool!! More!

02-17-2007, 07:21 AM
what a cool adventure. sigh......

02-19-2007, 12:04 PM
AWESOME!!! How big were the fish you jumped? I'm kinda confused on the 30lb leader, you were talking about. Do you mean 30lb butt section or bite tippet? I wish you luck and safe travels.

High temp here today 30... and it is windy..

02-20-2007, 10:39 AM
Culebra was freaking awesome
HUGE permit, giant tarpon, d/d bones here
However the local bartenders have a way of making me miss the morning tides
Permit,tarpon video coming
Talk later Bros

02-20-2007, 11:29 AM
Excellent!! I can't wait. There is not a deep enough shade of green to show how envy I am.. :D :lildevl: :D

02-21-2007, 07:16 AM
Back to the grind... with no trace but some sunburn to show for it.

Well the video clips will blow you mind :smokin:

Carry on

02-21-2007, 07:48 AM
Could you, at your leisure, give us a blow by blow of Culebra. The fish but also -
things like wading/or boat, DIY/or guide, accomodations, etc. EVERYTHING, inguiring minds have to know !!!!

02-21-2007, 10:33 AM
Juro: I'm particularly interested in the finer points of your trip. I plan on boating over to Culebra from ST.Thomas in a couple weeks with a buddy from NH and would love a detailed account of your trip. Can'y wait to see your video!


02-21-2007, 11:56 AM
Sounds like you're on one hell of a trip! Any photos?