Tarpon fishing has been incredibly good this past week. It started last weekend with a couple of flat calm mornings and continued through this morning. I've been getting my clients out early and they have been jumping tarpon within minutes of turning off the motor. Some of the highlights this past week include a few tarpon on fly, a morning my client jumped a dozen tarpon and giant tarpon that dragged a couple miles from where it was hooked. This morning was the first morning we didn't land a tarpon but my client did manage to jump on and have another one briefly hooked up.
Captain Mike Bartlett
April 18, 2013
April 05, 2013
I fished a couple of days at the Marquesas, where I had the place to myself. I saw one other boat out there both days. I took my clients to a couple of channels that just get chock full of fish. We caught dozens of fish including jacks, pompano, ladyfish, snappers, bluefish and lookdowns. And when all this life is congregated in an area, there are plenty of sharks around. We saw a lot of blacktip sharks, occasionally up close chasing and sometimes catching a hooked up fish. But we got our revenge hooking several of those blacktips. They are so cool to watch when they are fired up.
I finished up the days at the Marquesas poling the flats in search of permit, barracudas and sharks. We never saw a permit, but the barracudas didn't disappoint. The flats were loaded with barracudas of all sizes and since we weren't seeing any permit my clients were just casting around and getting chased about every cast.
These same flats held a lot of lemon sharks as well. As I poled down the flat dragging a couple of cut up ladyfish, we got the shark train going. Once we had several sharks following us, I would stop and toss out a hunk of meat. When my anglers had their fill of sharks, I pulled in the chum and we continued on our way.
At the end of the first day at the Marquesas as we're idling out we encountered very large nurse sharks just off the flats. As were checking them out a very large, 12-14 foot hammerhead appeared next to the boat. I wish I had my camera out to get some photos of that beast.
Captain Mike Bartlett