Today we tried to explore a bit. We tried to go places that hadn’t been fished much and that was what we got. 60% was probably tarpon fishing and the fish just weren’t in. 40% was bonefishing and it was really interesting.
The highlight of the day was probably a fish I didn’t even land.
We were going back country deep into the mangroves. Now, this wasn’t a channel of mangroves, this was mangroves. We were in the thick of them and it was kind of awesome.
We pulled into an inland lake and up popped a tail. It was huge. I thought it was a permit it was so big, but it wasn’t black. Bonefish. I conjured a cast from some unnamed fishing god and put the fly right on the head of the fish. It chased down the fly and chowed. The fish tore off and I lifted the rod tip high. I thought I had it, but it turned left around a mangrove and the hook came off (a little bent). Damn. I felt very fortunate to get the fish on the hook though.
I landed two bones today, but it was still a good day. We were trying new water and it was sufficiently difficult.
The last fish I cast to was the last in a series of 15 or 20 casts I made at a school of bonefish. The last cast was a beauty. It was 60 feet at least and the fish ate on the first or second strip. I needed that fish. I worked hard for it. Glad I got it.
Tomorrow is the last full day of guiding. Hoping to do bonefish for most of the day. We’ll see how it goes!
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Sounds like a great time… ‘wish i was there.