Headed south to Boca Grande last week for a couple of days in search of some early season tarpon. By most reports, we seemed to be ok on timing, but struck out on the weather. There was a front lingering just offshore basically the whole time we were there, which brought some clouds, rain, and lots of wind. Did make it out one day with Capt Cole Fairbanks, but the wind limited us to the back country where we did find a few reds to play with on the flyrod.

redfishing Boca Grande with fishing guide Capt Cole Fairbanks

The wind kept us on dry land the rest of the time, never got a break long enough to get out to the beach side or bigger waters in search of tarpon, but it was still a nice trip on the laid back island of Boca Grande. Their unique banyon trees and variety of building wall art kept things interesting, relative to the normal sights of the FL Panhandle.

I’m sure the front moved through as we moved out and the tarpon are all now high and happy…but regardless it was enough of a taste to get me excited for this year’s tarpon season.

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