My first Tarpon trip to Puerto Rico
<p>All, This is NOT a big fish story. Went to Puerto Rico last week - between snow storms here in London - for four days of Tarpon fishing. The first thing I will tell you, we saw hundreds of Tarpon - Puerto Rico has a large native (read that as non-migratory) population of Tarpon, some over 150 lbs. We hired Capt Francisco "Pochy" Rosario (www.lighttackleadventure.8k.com). He gave us full 10 - 11 hour days and went above and beyond the call of duty. If any of you are considering a trip to PR, I highly recommend him. This was my first time to fish for Tarpon - steep learning curve - but Pochy did everything possible to get us on fish. I would est. that I "jumped" 25 tarpon over four days, landing five (ranging in size from 35 to 50 lbs., although I did jump one Pochy estimated at 80-85 lbs.). Not that the other twenty needed help, but besides their natural ability to get off the hook, I managed to wrap the fly line around the reel once and strattled the line another time - the line going from the reel under my crotch and to the first guide; fortunately, there are no pictures of that!!
We broke the day into three types of fishing. Early, we positioned the boat off reefs, throwing to deeper water. While we were technically blind casting I.e., not throwing specifically to sighted fish (we saw Tarpon rolling in the area on bait fish and knew they were there). At other times, we saw cruising Tarpon and had the opportunity to throw to them as well. Later in the day, we moved to the shore line throwing to boat docks, under boat hulls and other structure (think Bass fishing in GA). While we saw lots more fish this way, and had more hook-ups, your chances of horsing a Tarpon out of the structure, off the pilings and into deeper water were slim. Finally, as we moved from area to area, we threw to schooling fish working bait near the surface. Pochy explained this as getting only one or two throws before the school either sounded or moved. I managed to get two Jacks (15 and 25 lbs), the second one turned my 9 wt Winston into a 14 wt.
As I said earlier, this was my first Tarpon trip. I have heard others talk of setting up off shore and waiting hours for a chance to throw at a Tarpon. In that respect, this trip was clearly different. Other that while we were traveling, one of us - and at times both of us - were on the casting deck fishing. Rob
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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.