I visited Cancun in Mexico a few years back and booked a day out with a guide behind the main hotel zone and caught a few Tarpon in a mixed bag of fish and so when I recently returned I decided to book a few trips on a flats skiff to target the Tarpon.
Rather conveniently just behind the main hotel zone is a large lagoon and mangrove system, so within a ten minute cab ride I could be at the dock. I booked 3 trips all with 6.00 am starts. Two for 6 hours and the final trip an 8 hour session.
For Round 1, I wanted to fish with jigs simply because its such a fun method. It turned out to be a very effective method for attracting takes from Tarpon casting tight to the mangroves but despite having fish on for various lengths of time I failed to boat any with most shedding the hook while jumping. While a very enjoyable days fishing which included picking up some Cuda and other mangrove species I was left with more then a little sense of frustration at not landing any of the Tarpon.
For Round 2, I requested some bait as it is more in my comfort zone and so I had the added fun of driving the boat while the guide skillfully used the cast net to fill the live well. We carried on targeting the mangroves and my partner Paula landed a few while I continued to loose plenty of small Tarpon but eventually I got one to the boat which boosted my confidence a little.
After the massive success of boating one Tarpon on the second trip I had a feeling that I had improved my technique at bowing to the King and so had high hopes of doing better in Round 3. This time the bait well was full when I arrived so no driving the boat , the guide suggested fishing out on the flats and lagoon to start with before heading to the mangroves. Paula continued to land fish while I lost fish after fish, at one stage I was 3 nil down, I was getting to the stage where I was tempted to jump in after them or gaff them anything to get them in the boat . My emotions where swinging from pure joy and getting a take and playing the fish to near despair as I lost one after another but finally I got the rub of the green and started to land a few. I don't think I was fishing any better then before or really doing anything different but hay ho I guess that's Tarpon fishing
A couple of pics of some fish that I did mange to land.
Edited by Dales, 15 December 2013 - 03:44 PM.
Species Caught 2014
Zander, Pike, Bream, Roach, Tench, Perch, Rudd, Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Eel, Grayling, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Species Caught 2013
Pike, Zander, Bream, Roach, Eel, Tench, Rudd, Perch, Common Carp, Koi Carp, Brown Goldfish, Grayling, Brown Trout, Chub, Roosterfish, Dorado, Black Grouper, Barracuda, Mangrove Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Tarpon, Red Snapper
Species Caught 2012
Zander, Pike, Perch, Chub, Ruff, Gudgeon, Dace, Minnow, Wels Catfish, Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp, Roach, Bream, Eel, Rudd, Tench, Arapaima, Mekong Catfish, Sawai Catfish, Marbled Tiger Catfish, Amazon Redtail Catfish, Thai Redtail Catfish, Batrachian Walking Catfish, Siamese Carp, Rohu, Julliens Golden Prize Carp, Giant Gourami, Java Barb, Red Tailed Tin Foil Barb, Nile Tilapia, Black Pacu, Red Bellied Pacu, Alligator Gar
Species Caught 2011
Zander, Tench, Bream, Chub, Barbel, Roach, Rudd, Grayling, Brown Trout, Salmon Parr, Minnow, Pike, Eel, Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp, Koi Carp, Crucian Carp, F1 Carp, Blue Orfe, Ide, Goldfish, Brown Goldfish, Comet Goldfish, Golden Tench, Golden Rudd, Perch, Gudgeon, Ruff, Bleak, Dace, Sergeant Major, French Grunt, Yellow Tail Snapper, Tom Tate Grunt, Clown Wrasse, Slippery Dick Wrasse, Doctor Fish, Graysby, Dusky Squirrel Fish, Longspine Squirrel Fish, Stripped Croaker, Leather Jack, Emerald Parrot Fish, Red Tail Parrot Fish, White Grunt, Bone Fish
Species Caught 2010
Zander, Pike, Perch, Eel, Tench, Bream, Roach, Rudd, Mirror Carp, Common Carp, Crucian Carp, Siamese Carp, Asian Redtail Catfish, Sawai Catfish, Rohu, Amazon Redtail Catfish, Pacu, Long Tom, Moon Wrasse, Sergeant Major, Green Damsel, Tomtate Grunt, Sea Chub, Yellowtail Surgeon, Black Damsel, Blue Dot Grouper, Checkered Sea Perch, Java Rabbitfish, One Spot Snapper, Snubnose Rudderfish
Species Caught 2009
Barramundi, Spotted Sorubim Catfish, Wallago Leeri Catfish, Wallago Attu Catfish, Amazon Redtail Catfish, Mrigul, Siamese Carp, Java Barb, Tarpon, Wahoo, Barracuda, Skipjack Tuna, Bonito, Yellow Eye Rockfish, Red Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Black Fin Snapper, Dog Snapper, Yellow Tail Snapper, Marble Grouper, Black Fin Tuna, Spanish Mackerel, Mutton Snapper, Redhind Grouper, Saddle Grouper, Schoolmaster, Coral Trout, Bar Jack, Pike, Zander, Perch, Tench, Bream, Roach, Rudd, Common Carp, Golden Tench, Wels Catfish
Species Caught 2008
Dorado, Wahoo, Barracuda, Bonito, Black Fin Tuna, Long Tom, Sergeant Major, Red Snapper, Black Damsel, Queen Trigga Fish, Red Grouper, Redhind Grouper, Rainbow Wrasse, Grey Trigger Fish, Ehrenbergs Snapper, Malabar Grouper, Lunar Fusiler, Two Tone Wrasse, Starry Dragonet, Convict Surgeonfish, Moonbeam Dwarf Angelfish,Bridled Monocle Bream, Redlined Triggerfish, Cero Mackeral, Rainbow Runner
Species Caught 2007
Arapaima, Alligator Gar, Mekong Catfish, Spotted Sorubim Catfish, Pacu, Siamese Carp, Barracuda, Black Fin Tuna, Queen Trigger Fish, Red Snapper, Yellow Tail Snapper, Honeycomb Grouper, Red Grouper, Schoolmaster, Cubera Snapper, Black Grouper, Albacore, Ballyhoo, Coney, Yellowfin Goatfish, Lattice Spinecheek