5 Days of Life in the Keys…

After many years of blowing things up (yes, I was a pyro), setting things on fire, shooting bottle rockets and roman candles at each other… it was time to put away the fireworks and take to the water instead for this year’s 4th of July weekend.

The weekend of fishing started off with a redfish and snook boxing match with Tony, Juanki, and myself as the top contenders.  We were able to get my skiff into surprisingly shallow water (even set up ass-end heavy for tarpon fishing) and sight fish a bunch of nice schooling snook and tailing redfish on fly.  At one point in the game we were able to double up one after another with 2 fly anglers casting with precision from one casting platform… it could have been a mess, but we managed to pull it off and shoot a few photos in the process.  It’s always a great time fishing and sharing many laughs with some of my best buds.

…and this one’s for all the HATERS out there…

I spent the next three days fishing with my buddy Capt. Frank.  Saturday, we prefished for the Poor Boys Tarpon Tournament and had a few shots both in the back and ocean.  I did manage to hook a big poon on the ocean that day that ended up coming off after 5 jumps.  It was a rather sucessful day to help me put together a solid game plan for the next couple of days and for this, we decided not to run far and to stay between Islamorada and Key Largo.  The tournament kicked off on Sunday and 28 top notch tarpon anglers and guides in 14 boats took to the upper Keys to compete in the Poor Boys Tarpon Tournament.  Day 1 started off great for Frank and I as we had our first poon release by 9:45am.  From there, it had got a bit tough but I managed to feed 3 fish in total in the back and 1 fish on the ocean…catching only 1 though.  Day 2 was even tougher as we had a very rough start and very few shots through the day.  After helping a helpless and clueless boater off a flat (after he cut off my tarpon highway), good Karma caught up to us as we released a last minute poon on the ocean 10 minutes before lines out.  I learned a great lesson in good/bad Karma after this.   Though we didn’t win, we had a great time and managed 1 release per day, 2 releases and 2000 points in total at the end.  Most importantly, it was a real fun tournament and a great way to end another tarpon season.  I hadn’t fished another tournament before where I had been put through this much challenge… I will definitely be back next year with more experience under the belt.


I fished my 5th and final straight day on the water today.  This time, I was joined by my buddy tarpon fishing legend Tim Mahaffey.  It was time to end tarpon season strong so after we did some bonefishing (which turned into redfishing on a bonefish flat) and some actual redfishing, we moved onto bigger and better things and sat at the ocean to tarpon fish for possibly one last time this year.  I fed a fish and Tim fed a fish… 2 fed fish, a bunch of leans, and Tim caught his fish.  It was definitely an incredible time throwing flies at ocean fish in clear clear water.  It truley takes a whole level of skill to catch an ocean poon… no snook fishing, red fishing, or backcountry pooning can compare to the challenge.  What a great way to [b][i]possibly[/i][/b] end this poon season…

SOAKED by the poon…

Stay tuned… more good stuff coming soon!!

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