Hawksley says, “Using only artificials we have been able to land quite a few lunkers this summer and all of them right off Tarpon Bay Beach on Sanibel – no boat or live bait needed. We’ve caught many smaller snook in the canals and passes as well which is a great sign, but the 40-plus inch monsters seem to be out cruising the beaches in droves.”
Grass Fishing, photo by Capt. Rich Santos. “The Jacksonville-St.Augustine big Spring tides during the MidSummer – early Fall seasons bring out the ultra light tackle and sight fishing angler to hunt for tailing redfish, sheepshead & black drum that are gorging themselves on fiddler crabs over the flooded grass flats,” says photographer Santos. See more of his work at www.flyfishjax.com.
West Coast Tarpon, photo by David Danforth. When you have been out all day, watching the tarpon rolling and bursting into the air all around you, you milk every last ray of sun light in the day to catch just one more,” said Danforth. See more of Danforth’s work at www.relogear.com.
Chasing the Tide, photo by Richard Santos from the 2015 Sportsman HD calendar. Kayaker watches for red drum, which raid the spartina grass on flood tide to eat snails and crabs. An hour ago, this was dry ground. And an hour from now, dry ground it will be again.
What determines tarpon fishing success? Casting distance and fly selection are secondary and tertiary to a simple function of line management: You have a fly ready to cast, enough line outside the rod tip, and the nerve to make your delivery with minimal fuss.