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 Post subject: Good thing I brought a 10 WT...
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:18 pm 
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Spent 4 wonderful days on St Martin with my wife. I was pretty excited as I had been speaking to a guide who indicated we would be wade fishing from tarpon and snook. By wade fishing he meant standing on an eddy and waiting for the bait to roll in. I ended up hooking two nice tarpon that I would guess to be in thhe 40- 60lb range, but only had them on for a few seconds. Still enough to get my blood pumping! The guide, was a very nice guy, but not quite the flyfisherman he presented himself to be. Here is how I knew I was in trouble

Jeff: What's been the hot fly this year?
Guide: I gotta be honest, I don't flyfish at all. Mostly throw bait or plugs. Did have a guy catch a snook on a fly this year, though.

Jeff: What type of knot would you suggest for snook/tarpon?
Guide: Whatever kind you can tie

In his defense, he didn't charge me the full price and after the fishing was over we went to a dive bar and drank our fill of $1.50 Coronas, so all in all, not a bad day.

During breakfast the next morning, I watched a mass of bait roll by the beach with some big fish crashing through it. Spend the remaining morning on the beach by sunrise waiting for it to happen again. The bait came, but it was well past where I could reach on a fly rod.

I did catch of few of these funny looking bluegills, althogh the 10 wt was a bit of overkill:

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And a few of these small tuna looking fish, maybe a pompano?

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This is pretty much the coolest place I have ever cast a line-

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The fish and bait came just around this point, but not much closer
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Slowly working my way off "island time". Not sure what to do when I am not able to have a cocktail in hand before lunch :D


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 Post subject: Re: Good thing I brought a 10 WT...
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:43 pm 
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...So good you had to post it twice...? :roll:

Looks like a grand time. Saltwater is always exciting.


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 Post subject: Re: Good thing I brought a 10 WT...
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:14 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Good thing I brought a 10 WT...
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:25 pm 
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Great pictures!

I wouldn't mind standing on a beach like that fer awhile, and catchin' a few of them funny looking Bluegills & Tuna fishes!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Good thing I brought a 10 WT...
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:44 pm 
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I posted this on Woolly's board, but I'll post it again. The palometto (gaffsail) pompano will melt in your mouth. I caught them on 2 trips I took in the first few years after I was married to Bermuda (pre children). I caught them on 4 pound line on an ultralight. You mix white bread with sardines in a bucket. Throw a couple of handfulls in the water. They will look like little sharks with their fins sticking out of the water coming to it. They are the best eating fish anywhere. I have caught a couple of tarpon, a handful of bonefish, one blue marlin and one sailfish and I don't give a rip if I ever catch any of those ever again. However, I have every intention to fish for those pompano again before I kick the bucket. They are a different variety from the ones off of our coast.


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 Post subject: Re: Good thing I brought a 10 WT...
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5xTippett wrote:
I caught them on 2 trips I took in the first few years after I was married to Bermuda.


your wife's name is Bermuda?? :?

Nice pictures Jeff....I'm jealous! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Good thing I brought a 10 WT...
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Beautiful palometto. I can't tell what the second fish is. Maybe a type of jack? Glad you had a good time, Jeff.


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 Post subject: Re: Good thing I brought a 10 WT...
PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 7:04 pm 
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JFey wrote:
Slowly working my way off "island time". Not sure what to do when I am not able to have a cocktail in hand before lunch :D


Jeff, Bob has no problem having a rum punch for his "healthy" breakfast drink, ever since he returned from Belize...and he wonders why he can't catch a fish.
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 Post subject: Re: Good thing I brought a 10 WT...
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:50 pm 
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"Good thing I brought a 10 WT..."

Whew! I thought this was another post about Geezers pond!

Good stuff though. You sure do know how to play!


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