Nothing like a HUGE reward for sticking it out on a cloudy, drizzly day! We spent the day Sight Fishing to pushing fish sliding over some very skinny water. After a couple of almost’s we hooked up to this behemoth female. 15 times into the backing….a long way’s into the backing, an hour 45 minutes later, and a mile & a half – two miles from our hookup spot she faked us out and showed us her side then made a finale jump where the fly came loose and she was gone. So close…I mean soo close. She was my Angler’s first Tarpon ever! An epic battle with a beautiful fish. He is naturally completely hooked now! It’s a privilege to be involved up close with these fish on a daily basis during the summer months. To guide Angler’s to experience the eat and power of Tarpon on the Fly. The report is…we are having an awesome migration still. The fish are here in amazing numbers. I have been seeing some very very large groups and strings pushing through the flats each day. We have sunny day’s where the fishing has been gangbustgers and we have had the overcast day’s where we work a bit harder and are still putting fish in the air due to sheer numbers in the fishery. I am looking forward to each and every day left in the Florida Tarpon season! Capt. Doug Henderson
After a bit of a late start here on the Panhandle this season we are experiencing normal numbers of fish once again. The last week it has been very a welcomed experience to be sighting well over 100 Tarpon per day! These fresh girls are eating close to every fly placed in the right spot with sheer aggression! Here are a few picks from the last few day’s. We have fed over 15 fish in the last in that time! Capt. Doug Henderson
Really enjoying the time leading up to Tarpon season in Northwest Florida with lot’s of high pressure and a perfectly clear atmosphere. I spent the morning cruising up in some of the many rivers we have here to have a look at the abundant wildlife enjoying the weather as I did. The air temp was 60 degrees but in the sun it was much warmer as you see the Alligators were covering all sun lit banks. I had many opportunities at Night Heron’s of both species the Black and Yellow Crowned. I noticed the water temps are rising nicely so it won’t be long now. Enjoy the pics! Capt Doug Henderson
We have had a nice push of migratory (west bound) fish this week. These fish are fresh and eating our clients fly’s very well. Summer time Tarpon season is officially here in Northwest Florida. It’s going to be a great summer of fly fishing for Tarpon! Check out this Big girl above and several other fish bounced in the last few day’s!
The summer Fly Fishing season is really heating up as the Tarpon have started there summer migration. We have been getting really good shot’s lately with some great weather and plenty of fish willing to eat. Looking forward to a great summer here in Nortwest Florida.
The winter has lost it’s grip on the Gulf Coast once again. The water temps up word’s of 72 degrees in most parts of the Panhandle of Florida. Historically this is a month early. With these warming temps comes the King’s of the Florida Flats Tarpon. Early season (April and May) offer undisturbed Fly Fishing to these fish. The fish are fresh as they have come up to the Panhandle from the Mississippi River Delta and have been bothered yet. This time of year represents the the early migration through North Florida. North Florida and the Apalachicola area get 2 migrations each spring and summer. The first being the previously described. The 2nd starts sometime around the end of May early June which is the migratory fish from down in south Florida. It just so happens that these 2 groups of fish meat right where Salted Flats Fly Fishing guides Angler’s on a daily basis during the summer months. We are looking forward this season as we do every season and look forward to having you on the boat with us! See you soon!
Late June and early July have proved themselves to be a great time to come and sight cast to monster Tarpon off the coast of Carrabelle, Apalachicola, and Alligator Point, FL. We have been experiencing high numbers of eats (bites) per day with and average of 4-7 fish caught. This continues to happen all the way into August! We have not yet experienced much rain this summer so the water off the Forgotten Coast of Florida continues to be Gin clear! Tight Lines
The Tarpon fishing off Carrabelle, Apalachicola, and Mexico Beach has been gangbusters for the last few weeks as the true Migration has really been moving through our waters. We have been seeing in excess of a hundred fish per day!! The Tarpon have really been eating well for how clear the water is!! The water is as clear as I’ve seen it in years which can make it difficult to feed the fish just like the locations in the Florida Keys and Boca Grande. These fish don’t care though they Haven’t seen a fly in over a month of their migration they are chewing! We have been catching up to 7 fish daily and feeding many more! I love this time of year! Here are some pics of a few fish from the other morning. Tight Lines
In the last 5 days there has been a substantial beginning to the migratory Tarpon push through the Carrabelle and Apalachicola waters. These fish have really been eating I’d say every fifth fish has taken a swing at the fly!!! Awesome days on the water and it will only get better as the real heavy push is yet to come! We had some weather issues till around 2 o’clock yesterday and still managed to jump 5 in the last 2 hours of the day!!! These fish are hungry! Tight Lines
Finally getting rid of the full moon and the Tarpon are moving back onto the flats after spawning period offshore. A cold front pushed through the Panhandle of Florida for the last five days cooling the water temps to 72 degrees. I observed the fish using the cooling temps as an excuse to push offshore a few days ahead of the full moon. This in turn left the waters of Apalachicola with very few numbers of fish pushing the flats in the last five days rather than just a couple of days as a normal spawning period would. Yesterday was the first day to see fish move back in and they came with great numbers!! We saw over a hundred yesterday but the water was still a bit to cold to bring them eat. Today has turned out to be a whole new ballgame, the water temps were around 76 degrees and the fish were aggressively tracking and eating our fly’s!! I fished out of Carrabelle this afternoon for a few hours and saw over 60 fish and fed 1!! I’ts summer hear on the waters of Apalachicola, Carrabelle, and Cape San Blas and the Tarpon are hear in big numbers!!! Tight Lines