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Kicked off the tarpon season last week with a quick trip to Key West. Fished a variety of waters from flats to back country and saw a ton of fish. Most of the ocean fish were not eating, though it never gets old watching wads of fish cruise by…high and happy, finning, rolling, daisy chaining, and stringed out.

Day 1 produced no shortage of shots, but nobody wanted to eat. Day 2 we got into a bunch of fish in between tides and jumped a half dozen or so. That afternoon, the tide finally started to move about the same time we had to head back in to the marina. As we were coming off plane in the channel, we noticed fish rolling and eating everywhere…and we quickly realized there was a small worm hatch going on. Grabbed the fly rod and jumped back up on the bow in time to feed one last fish and fight this one back to boat side before calling it a day.

 

Burping tarpon during worm hatch

Capt Andy Parker fighting tarpon on fly rod

hooked up, first run

tarpon jumping with Capt Andy Parker

hang time

tarpon fishing with Andy Parker of Spotted Tail Outdoors

“graceful” landing

Capt Andy Parker fighting a tarpon on fly rod

wearing her down

tarpon on fly

Andy Parker catching tarpon on fly

boatside

tarpon on fly

the grab

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