Fished with Ron and we headed to the Everglades. We caught snook, redfish, and jacks. We then hit the flats and had shots at sharks and tarpon. We did manage to jump a baby tarpon. After a half a dozen jumps we parted company. Pro Tip: Spotting fish takes practice. Good polarized sunglasses are a must. I prefer copper colored lenses for the flats. Look for movement and shadows. That will help you find the fish you are trying to see.
Fished with Ron in Islamorada. We had a wonderful trip. The highlight of the trip was an enormous permit that Ron caught. This was a fish of a lifetime. The permit was about forty pounds and caught on ten pound test. We caught a bunch of other fish but that will appear in another post. Pro Tip: Landing big fish on light line requires the angler to be able to apply maximum pressure without breaking any of the components. How much pressure varies a different stages of the fight. Know how much is just right either requires experience or careful listening to your captain.
Dusty and Mike accompanied me in Islamorada. We had a banner trip with four tarpon releases and we jumped at least two others. We caught snappers, jacks, redfish, and cudas as well. Sight fishing on the flats was good for lemons and bonnethead sharks as well. The weather was not the best but it doesn't matter, we got it done anyway. Pro Tip: You need to be "tarpon ready" as Dusty likes to say. Tarpon ready means to be prepared to drop off the anchor and react to the fish quickly. If you can stay connected for the first minute you stand a much greater chance of landing the fish. Most tarpon are lost in the first minute of the fight. Be prepared.
Captain Joe Hughes -USCG Licensed 100 Ton Master-IGFA Certified
Joe Hughes has been working in the fishing business since he was eleven years old. Starting at Gibson's Tackle at that age, Joe's passion for the sport of fishing has steadily increased. Joe is a versatile angler who is comfortable poling a flats skiff as well as at the helm of a
sportfisherman competing in big game tournaments. During his years as a professional fisherman Joe has been featured in books and
magazines. His main passion is for salt-water fly-fishing. A teacher by trade, he enjoys sharing his knowledge about fly-fishing, fly-tying, and
fly-casting with his clients.