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Gseries69 05-19-2008 11:50 AM

Florida tarpon guides
Looking for any info on fishing for tarpon in Florida in June/July time frame. Looking to put together a last minute trip after Belize plans fell thru. Suggestions on guides appreciated. Thanks guys.

doctorsteve 05-19-2008 01:24 PM

I've never gone for them here, but I was told that Stuart Florida has good tarpon then. I think the website is Iwas there in april for the Jacks, but we had bad weather. The guide said the tarpon is great there. But I don't tell you this from experience. The pics on the website looked good. The keys might be better then. I guess I'm not really helping you. Go to the Seychelles for GT's. I know that's a good time...:smile:

formula1 05-25-2008 12:25 PM

Tarpon fishing in the Keys can still be quite good in June but they are thinning out rapidly by July. So it all depends on which month you make the trip. If it's July I'd look more up the Gulf Coast especially towards the Homossasa area and up...there was a good article in Flyfishing in Saltwaters recently about the untapped tarpon fishery in Northwest Florida. If I couldn't do the Keys I'd go there...but the Keys, IME is a magical place and I love the gin clear water and sightcasting to big poons there.

Also, it is typically easier to find a guide later in June, earlier June is tougher as you are in peak prime tarpon season in the Keys and all the good guides are usually booked solid.

petevicar 05-25-2008 12:51 PM

Sorry for late reply. I have fished with quite a few guides down there with mixed success.
If you still need info send me a pm.
At the time of year you are talking about, the weather will play a big part. :frown:
I can't do anything about that.:devil:


nmbrowncom 05-25-2008 06:45 PM

you may want to check out eric herstead. he fishes the keys and the everglades. he is one of the best guides i have ever fished with as far as finding fish is concerned. he knows where and how. that said, his demeanor can be an issue. he can get bitchie when things go poorly. i have enjoyed fishing with him but my kids and a friend wouldn't fish with him again even though they had a great go of it finding and landing fish with him.

nmbrowncom 05-25-2008 06:51 PM

sorry, i forgot to mention another guide that i fished with out of matlache. greg bowdich. his business is called barfly. he is a very good guide and works quite hard. the area is quite unique in that it is a bit of old florida-quiet and out of the way. seems like the boom of the past 30 years missed this place. it really is nice and quite interesting. the area has tons tons of flats. when i went, we fished for reds and snook, but i understand that the tarpon are plentiful.

Eddie 05-27-2008 10:27 PM

If you are going to the Keys, Capt. Duane Baker is a terrific guy to fish with. Maybe he is booked, but I would definitely recommend giving him a call. He is as good as anyone on the water...any where.

Gseries69 05-28-2008 07:58 AM

Thanks guys. Most guides we have contacted so far are booked solid but I will contact your recommendations. On that note, we are not married to any one area. We understand that we are late in booking a trip so we're willing to go where ever the fish are in Florida. We had booked another trip to Belize this year but the plans fell through so I'm trying to throw a few days of fishing together in short order. Has anyone fished for tarpon in the fall in Florida and is it any good?

Thanks again.

formula1 05-28-2008 10:35 AM

I've fished as late as August for poons in the Keys and it gets tough. The migratory fish are long gone and you have resident fish left, most of whom are pounded year round by people and as a result they have an encyclopedic knowledge of the flies you throw at them. Not impossible, as I've caught resident fish, but none as big as the ones during the annual migration. If you go during the fall I would not count on big poons...

FLStan 05-29-2008 10:16 AM

Keys Tarpon Guide
Bobby Jones, out of Islamorada is ALWAYS on fish (tarpon that is) and, consequently, is tough to get. Give him a call and you WILL be throwing to fish.


Frogfish 05-29-2008 11:09 PM

I've caught 'poons in the keys all year long. They are always there, just have to know where to find them. If you're fishing with conventional tackle, that'll make it much easier. I could give you a spot where tarpon are chewin' year long, but it's darn near impossible to fish with a fly rod unless you're in a boat.

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