Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico: Tarpon from the Beach
<p>I had a great trip to Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico with my brother last week. We fished with Capt Francisco “Pochy” Rosario. We learned a ton of information by fishing with this guy. The transition from trout to tarpon is not easy, & there are several freshwater habits that become Tarpon losing mistakes. Mistake #1): the trout high stick #2) forgetting the strip set #3) palming the reel on Tarpon. Although we were warned, I think my brother and I managed make all 3 mistakes, but we still caught some fish. If you want to catch a Tarpon, Puerto Rico is the place to go. They are all over the place and are not transitory.
The Fishing in Cabo Rojo was very good and in a beautiful area. We fished for baby tarpon along mangrove lined lagoons, & cast to fish cruising in the shadows of boats and docks, and poled and drifted over a couple beautiful flats.
The highlight of the trip was sight casting to a couple of tarpon from the beach about 10 feet from the boat. These guys had their face in the sand and tails sticking out of the water like a couple of tailing redfish. We hooked 4 Tarpon in about an hour and grabbed the leader on 2. I lost one about 50 feet from the beach after palming the reel causing the shock tippet to abrade. Yeah, I won’t make that mistake again. We had an awesome trip. Puerto Rico is a beautiful island, the people are great and the Tarpon are always there.
Here is a link to a short video I made about the the trip: http://gallery.mac.com/jww269#100080
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About The Author: Captain Francisco Rosario
Company: Light Tackle Adventure Tarpon Fishing
Area Reporting: Boqueron Bay (Cabo Rojo Puerto Rico)
Bio: Capt. Francisco \"Pochy\" Rosario· U.S.C.G Certified Captain License · Certified Guide by Puerto Rico Tourism Company (GT 2001-018) · Endorsed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company · Endorsed by Comisión de Servicio Público (Public Service Commission) (S-03-06-Feb-518) Capt. Francisco “Pochy” Rosario is a passionate fisherman. He born and raised in the West Coast of Puerto Rico, and been fishing tarpon since he was 12 years old. Capt. Rosario has more than 16 years of experience in sport fishing. He began working as mate for Western Tourist Services, a deep sea fishing charter company. In 1999 after getting his U.S.C.G license, he decides to start his own business as Inshore Fishing Services. He offered Light Tackle and Fly Fishing trips for tarpon, snook, jacks, mangrove snapper and barracudas. He has a 17’ customized skiff for a spectacular fishing in the West Coast of Puerto Rico. The boat has marine radio, livewell with bait pump, 14 rod holder , deep finder, 19 gal. Gas tank, 2006 85 hp Yamaha endure, 6 life jackets USCG approved, 3 bait net, 4 dry storage, nav. Lights, push pole, flear kit and fire extinguisher.