Re: Our recent Puerto Rico tarpon trip
Posted by Hugh Levine on 2012-03-05 19:46:50
in reply to Our recent Puerto Rico tarpon trip posted by Hugh Levine on 2012-03-04 23:27:42
|I brought one rolling duffel, which holds 3 rods in one tube, a gear bag with the 4 reels I took, my leaders, flies, tools, clothing and toiletries. No problem. |
This is a baby tarpon fishery, so you can downsize the rods. Capt. Omar likes 7-weights, but I brought 8- and 9-weights. Having done so, in the future I would bring 7- and 8-weights. I used floating, sink-tip, and intermediate lines, depending on the location, depth, etc. For flies, consider tarpon toads (purple, black, orange/white) as well as Sar-Mul-Macs (Dan, you're welcome). The live baits are anchovies, mullet, and greenies.
We encountered no game species other than tarpon and ladyfish, although lots of snook are there at other times of the year. I learned that there are no sharks or barracuda, which I think results in a heavily residential population of fish, although clearly there were migrating tarpon passing through. This is stained water, with no more than 2-3 feet of visibility.
There is no way this area can be fished on foot or without a boat and a guide, so don't even consider it.
Capt. Omar can answer any questions you have. He's extremely knowledgeable, as well as a classic "fish whisperer".