Back to the daily grind… poon fishing!!!

Well, we are at the heart of this crazy thing known as poon season.  From late April until the end of June, fly fisherman from all around the world visit Florida to fish for these oversized pilchards… from Stuart to the Keys, and even up to the big Bend… these migrating tarpon flood our local waters and bring with them stories of horror, excitement, broken egos, shattered realities, increasing obsession, and finally… a sense accomplishment.  Tarpon have got to be one of the most coveted saltwater fish for fly fisherman; and this for a good many reasons.

The daily grind in Islamorada for most guides in May and June consists of a day of tarpon fishing.  Whether staked out on the ocean waiting for migrating fish or fishing one of the backcountry basins in Florida Bay for floaters… each situation has it’s unique niche to it.  But for me, there is nothing like feeding a laid up poon.

This weekend included a standoff with a porpoise at one of my favorite bonefish flats, throwing at lots of ocean poons, and feeding a few Florida Bay fish.  3 days on the water, tarpon tarpon tarpon!  We fed a backcountry fish the first day before moving onto trying to catch other species.  Spent the 2nd day on the ocean throwing at tons of fish, finally being able to catch a 70lb ocean poon.  Today in particular, was a good day.  We managed to feed 5 fish, catching 3 (40lbs, 90lbs, 125lbs)  in the Florida Bay backcountry.  It’s tough to steer the boat and shoot photos at the same time, but though these photos I shot these days aren’t what I call completely satisfactory; they give a good idea and portray how I spent the weekend…

Until next week… stay tuned for more fish porn!

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