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vinnyf 01-14-2003 01:24 PM

Know a tarpon guide?
Can anyone recommend a reputable tarpon guide for the Keys area? I've heard some horror stories and want to avoid same.



sean 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.


capt_gordon 01-14-2003 07:58 PM

Paul Tejera
You may want to call Paul Tejera. 305-852-7888. Been down there a looooonng time.

juro 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!

Penguin 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

juro 01-14-2003 10:09 PM

Plug away but don't forget to CC: :devil:

vinnyf 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.

Moron_Saxatilis 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.

Eddie 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.

vinnyf 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.

Moron_Saxatilis 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.

vinnyf 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.

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