MARCH was the month of the tarpon. We were fortunate enough to have a long stretch of days where the wind laid down and offered us warmer water temperatures and absolutely perfect tarpon conditions. One of the things that a fishing guide battles in March is the wind. Historically, March is one of the windiest months of the year. Anglers that book trips in March have to be flexible as to what species they will target. In the event a cold front hits, sight fishing for tarpon will not resume until the water temperatures start to warm back up and the winds subside. That is exactly what happened with Scotty and his dad while they were visiting. Instead of beating our heads against a wall, we went deep into the backcountry and caught snook, sharks, and tripletail. Being flexible can make or break your fishing trip. Some days conditions for the primary sought-after species just do not line up. I appreciate clients that allow me to make alternative suggestions and give us a chance to have an enjoyable experience.
February had some beautiful days this year. Although we did have our share of cold fronts, when the weather cleared up, fishing was spectacular. This February was particularly special because I took delivery of my brand new Maverick 17 HPX-VII. I am super excited to be part of the Maverick team and the boat has already seen its fair share of fish slime!
One of the best sights of February 2015 was the every growing bonefish population. I had some wonderful bone fishing days this past February. Not only did I see large schools of fish, but I also was able to target smaller groups with larger fish. Catching a bonefish over 10 pounds is an incredible achievement. Betsy Bullard was able to do so with me this February. For some reason, once a bonefish reaches about 8 pounds, it is a completely different animal than its smaller sized counterparts.
There were also a handful of days where the tarpon showed up in February. We managed to put a few boat side and admire the infinite beauty that the prehistorical fish have to offer.