A taste of PR Tarpon... - Fly Fishing Forum
Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions Turquoise water, silver demons on the fly

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-24-2007, 05:42 PM
juro's Avatar
juro juro is offline
Coast2coast Flyfishaholic
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Steelhead country|striper coast|bonefish belt
Posts: 20,593
A taste of PR Tarpon...

I am working this weekend to dig out of the backed-up pile I came home to but just put a small sample of the craziness on the server...

check this out:

http://flyfishingforum.com/chronicle...inghydock2.wmv
__________________
IFFF Certified THCI @ 2005
Capeflyfisher Guide Service
Island Hopper, Guitarist, Incurable Dreamer
and Founder, Worldwide Flyfishing Forum
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #2  
Old 02-25-2007, 12:46 AM
Eric's Avatar
Eric Eric is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 961
Wow! Serious 'poon action!

Can't wait for the real stuff,

Cheers,

Eric
__________________
Join the Palindromes for Dyslexics Society Today
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3  
Old 02-25-2007, 04:21 AM
petevicar's Avatar
petevicar petevicar is offline
In moderation
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: The seven seas
Posts: 840
Wow!!
It almost looks like Robbies in the Keys.

Pete
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4  
Old 02-25-2007, 06:36 AM
virginfly virginfly is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: virgin islands
Posts: 29
Too much! Was this in PR or on Culebra? Can't wait to hear/see more! HURRY.....
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5  
Old 02-25-2007, 04:21 PM
juro's Avatar
juro juro is offline
Coast2coast Flyfishaholic
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Steelhead country|striper coast|bonefish belt
Posts: 20,593
I will have some time to put up a report tonight at least part one
__________________
IFFF Certified THCI @ 2005
Capeflyfisher Guide Service
Island Hopper, Guitarist, Incurable Dreamer
and Founder, Worldwide Flyfishing Forum
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6  
Old 02-25-2007, 10:43 PM
SteelBoneguy SteelBoneguy is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: WI
Posts: 183
What a teaser! Can't wait for the whole report!
__________________
megalops atlanticus lover
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7  
Old 02-26-2007, 03:31 AM
juro's Avatar
juro juro is offline
Coast2coast Flyfishaholic
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Steelhead country|striper coast|bonefish belt
Posts: 20,593
flight got in late, long drive but here are a few until later tonight...

Arrived in San Juan, grabbed a jeep and headed to Porta Del Sol, the west end of the main island. Headed straight into what I hoped to leave... but somehow things were easier to take thinking about what was ahead.



After a great dinner of fresh local snapper cooked PR style, I asked a local if he knew where there might be some tarpon. He laughed and said "look in the water!"



Pleasantly surprised in the morning, but spent the day getting my mind cleared which was first priority. Cliffs, pristine beaches and snorkeling took first priority. I did a little mid-day searching on the grass flats but soon gave in to the call of frozen drinks made with fresh pineapple and great rum (Barrilito 3-star is great stuff).



But soon the call of the hunt got again and I was searching the next morning.



Picked up a few small cuda, yellowtail snapper, a nice bar jack - no tarpon, bones or permit so I decided to go take a look in Joyuda where the tarpon were the previous night.

__________________
IFFF Certified THCI @ 2005
Capeflyfisher Guide Service
Island Hopper, Guitarist, Incurable Dreamer
and Founder, Worldwide Flyfishing Forum

Last edited by juro; 02-26-2007 at 03:43 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8  
Old 02-26-2007, 09:55 AM
SteelBoneguy SteelBoneguy is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: WI
Posts: 183
Juro- Man your keeping me on the edge of my seat. What beautiful pictures. Keep em coming.
__________________
megalops atlanticus lover
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9  
Old 02-26-2007, 12:38 PM
Rippin_Lips's Avatar
Rippin_Lips Rippin_Lips is offline
Satisfied
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Greater Yellowstone Area
Posts: 121
More pics please.

It's pounding snow here. I want to be where you are... Keep up the good work!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #10  
Old 02-27-2007, 10:55 PM
juro's Avatar
juro juro is offline
Coast2coast Flyfishaholic
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Steelhead country|striper coast|bonefish belt
Posts: 20,593
Thanks for the encouragement guys. It seems like eons ago when I was there...

But tonight it's almost 11 and I just fixed the last bug for the day on a Motown business trip and I need to be back in that software lab by 7am so I am going to go find a place to have a nightcap somewhere near this hotel and try to get some more pics up tomorrow after work.

BTW - some of the boys are in Acklins as we speak...
__________________
IFFF Certified THCI @ 2005
Capeflyfisher Guide Service
Island Hopper, Guitarist, Incurable Dreamer
and Founder, Worldwide Flyfishing Forum
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #11  
Old 02-28-2007, 06:00 AM
bonefishmon's Avatar
bonefishmon bonefishmon is offline
resigned
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Mystic River-Fishers Is. Sound- The Elbow
Posts: 1,368
Juro. How's the casting hand doing?

Phil
__________________
So many places to fish.. friends to make.......so little time.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #12  
Old 02-28-2007, 07:09 AM
juro's Avatar
juro juro is offline
Coast2coast Flyfishaholic
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Steelhead country|striper coast|bonefish belt
Posts: 20,593
Well I wrestled tarpon up to 70 pound class and although they beat me up it wasn't due to the hand. I will admit it got sore after a lot of casting but I think by May the stripers will feel it's wrath again

I plan to re-enter the Uechi-Ryu class soon. A bit more cautious sparring though!
__________________
IFFF Certified THCI @ 2005
Capeflyfisher Guide Service
Island Hopper, Guitarist, Incurable Dreamer
and Founder, Worldwide Flyfishing Forum
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #13  
Old 02-28-2007, 09:15 AM
SteelBoneguy SteelBoneguy is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: WI
Posts: 183
"Wrestled w/ 70lb tarpon" More teasers! No fair! j/k Safe travels Juro. I look forward to the full report when you get home.
__________________
megalops atlanticus lover
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #14  
Old 02-28-2007, 09:29 PM
juro's Avatar
juro juro is offline
Coast2coast Flyfishaholic
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Steelhead country|striper coast|bonefish belt
Posts: 20,593
As mentioned, I began by heading west to Porta Del Sol - the rain shadow area of the main island. Rincon to the north, Mayaguez a major city, to Boqueron (fishing mecca) a beautiful coastal area down to Cabo Rojo (most beautiful beaches), Joyuda (seafood restaurant capital) and El Combate's cliffs and lighthouse facing the Carribean sea in all it's glory.



I hiked down to that beach and snorkeled for hours among a small group of sun worshippers, couples and families taking in the incredible beauty of a remote pristine beach as Sucia is.

I had to crack up a little about the presence of an old friend at Boqueron...



I guess little guy gets a lot of respect no matter whose tire tracks it decides to nest in! Monomoy guys can relate I am sure.



I made it to many of the spots I analyzed by aerial prior, the above is the spot I claimed I would be at. There is a road that leads close to the water and I walked miles of grass flats to the inlet. There were jacks, cuda a plenty and guides were running clients into the lagoon for tarpon (unmistakeable once they jumped).

It was a good spot for shore exploration but I would go at dawn and during max tide flow if I go to this spot again. And don't leave the bug spray in the jeep if there is no wind.

A little further up at Paraguera, which ranked among my favorite places on the entire journey, the resort fishing area was a gem cut into sparse surroundings. It boasts an intricate complex of mangrove islands, cays, coves and is very close to bluewater fishing. The inside teemed with 5-6 foot long tarpon and the diving and kayaking was tops.



If I had not been in a rush to get to Culebra, I would have lingered in Paraguera for days eating fresh lobster and drinking pina coladas between 50 pound tarpon.



I ran into a couple from New Hampshire who were getting married at the cliffs of Cabo Rojo soon, checking out Paraguera. Nice couple, I wished them a happy marriage and rented a skiff.

I will get into that story in more detail later, but I jumped four tarpon in about 90 minutes and got slammed by several others. I literally pulled the fly away from anything over 60-70 pounds, choosing to fish for the 30-50 pound instead. I had to laugh about that fact but it's really foolish when you are alone on a small skiff with a 9wt to hook up with a beast of that magnitude.



Most of the tarpon were cruising along the mangroves not far from shore. The skiff allowed me to get to open water and cast into the edges like a bass fisherman. The fish would run for deep water and I had to clear the line and fight the fish to the deep side of the boat, which worked out well.



Most of my Paraguera footage is on the Camcorder, which I will have to convert to web media at a later date.

On to Guanica...
__________________
IFFF Certified THCI @ 2005
Capeflyfisher Guide Service
Island Hopper, Guitarist, Incurable Dreamer
and Founder, Worldwide Flyfishing Forum
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #15  
Old 02-28-2007, 10:15 PM
juro's Avatar
juro juro is offline
Coast2coast Flyfishaholic
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Steelhead country|striper coast|bonefish belt
Posts: 20,593
a few more from Porta Del Sol...

In Porta Del Sol, it's possible to get up close and personal before you make your cast... this one just rolled and it's cousin greedily consumed my shrimp fly seconds later...



Hard not to have your hands shake when you are this close! Unfortunately being alone I was not able to get any action shots when all hell breaks loose.

Some resorts were definitely couples-compatible.



Two things you need...

A JEEP...



and a BOAT...



Hey Mike -

I ran into your remote HQ...



Hey can you get the feds to fund one of these over on the crib??



This guy was awesome... $20 / hr for a great skiff. Right next to the pina colada bar, location location location!

__________________
IFFF Certified THCI @ 2005
Capeflyfisher Guide Service
Island Hopper, Guitarist, Incurable Dreamer
and Founder, Worldwide Flyfishing Forum
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Fly Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tarpon! Walker Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 10 09-03-2010 11:59 AM
a taste of Ragged Island Vince Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 14 03-15-2009 10:48 AM
Taste of Fall juro Worldwide Flyfishing Discussion 10 09-17-2007 10:27 PM
a taste of the flats, what a tease! mikez Stripers and Coastal Gamefish 9 08-15-2007 10:21 AM
Its a Tarpon! Adrian Yak Attack 7 02-18-2002 09:22 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:15 AM.



Copyright Flyfishingforum.com (All Rights Reserved)