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: Know a tarpon guide?

01-14-2003, 01:24 PM
Can anyone recommend a reputable tarpon guide for the Keys area? I've heard some horror stories and want to avoid same.



01-14-2003, 01:36 PM

Capt. Ben Iannotta is a really great guy and will do everything he can to get you on fish. I fished with him last year and had a great time. Cannot wait to go back....

He is also a friend of the forum which is another plus.


01-14-2003, 07:58 PM
You may want to call Paul Tejera. 305-852-7888. Been down there a looooonng time.

01-14-2003, 09:36 PM
Vinny -

I'd call Ben Ianotta for a resident flats guy who is dialed in to what's happening. Besides, his Hewes flats boat is a classic. He was approached by an older gentleman one day while in his boat. The man seemed to know quite a bit about the boat. Well it turned out he should - it was Mr.Hewes!

You're lucky to be going to fish the keys, best of luck fighting the silver king!

01-14-2003, 09:54 PM
I can't remember the guys name, but I know where he lives and I'd be glad to show you if you would...PLEEEZE

01-14-2003, 10:09 PM
Plug away but don't forget to CC: :devil:

01-15-2003, 11:46 AM
Thanks guys. I've booked Ben (owing to the recommendations) for May 31st. As this may well be a once off (hiring a guide, that is), I'll be sure to bring a camera.
I'll post photos and notes on the trip when I get back. Even if I don't land anything, I'm sure it'll be a great experience.

01-21-2003, 11:11 PM
Let us know how you make out... I am also going to the Keys early Sept. on my (gulp) honeymoon. Will be looking for a guide for a day. Sept. 3rd.

01-22-2003, 09:58 AM
If you are looking for only one day, Capt. Duane Baker might be open. He is among the best in the Keys. His # is in the Orvis catalog.

01-22-2003, 10:00 AM
No problem. I'm assuming that your wife to be also likes fishing - or is that an issue? Hah!

I'll post any info I have when I get back.

Thanks again, everyone for the advice.

02-10-2003, 04:46 AM
I booked Ben Iannotta based on referrals on the web including Juro. Plus he e-mailed back with some good info and sounds like a good guy... ie) won't get too mad if I hook him in the head.

02-16-2003, 04:45 PM
Well, if he has an eye-patch by the time you get there, chances are that I may have been at least partly responsible ... assuming of course that I haven't strangled myself with the line before then.