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Hey guys, haven't been on here in awhile. Hope everyone is doing well!<p><br>So I just got back last night and had a hell of a fun trip, but now i'm wasted tired! Need a vacation from my vacation.<p>I took over 600 photos in 3 days! Here are a handful I have edited so far.<p>All I can say is....I have huge respect for Tarpon now, more than I did before. Last year I hooked one on a fly rod that quickly broke the line so I never really got to feel the full fury or see what these fish are capable of.<p>that changed this year. 1st day, I hooked into a 130lber on a 12 wt fly rod w 30 lb leader........what ensued was hell and heaven at the same time. 1 hour of hell on my body that I will never forget.<p>such a powerful fish.<p>Me fighting the tarpon, have to try as much as you can to keep them down, if they can make it up to get air your in for more of a fight....general rule is, every gulp they get is another 20 minutes your going to have to fight them.<p><IMG SRC="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/mattsniz/Islamorada%202009/MattTarponjumping.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/mattsniz/Islamorada%202009/MattTarponjumping2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>tarpon coming up for air, notice the yellow streamer that he took. (this is actually one of the 3 that my brother hooked the next day)<p><IMG SRC="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/mattsniz/Islamorada%202009/Tarponbreathing.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Got him close to the boat, but not ready to give up just yet. This Tarpon was within 10 yards of the boat 30 minutes before our guide was able to get a hand on him, just wouldnt give up.<p><IMG SRC="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/mattsniz/Islamorada%202009/MattwTarponattheboat.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>and we got him!!!! So happy :thumbsup:<p><IMG SRC="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/mattsniz/Islamorada%202009/MattwTarpon.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Landing my 1st Tarpon especially it being on the fly called for a few celebration beers....being in the Keys, that meant these guys <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Thats the fly I landed my Tarpon on...wonder if Corona could use these in their ads <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/mattsniz/Islamorada%202009/Coronas.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/mattsniz/Islamorada%202009/Coronas2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Next was my brothers turn....he broke off 2 'poons within 2 minutes of hooking them then finally his 3rd he fought for close to an hour, traveled almost 1 mile down the beach the fish pulling the boat the whole time. What a fight.<p>The strike! Check out my bro's 'O' face as he's giving the fish all he's got<p><IMG SRC="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/mattsniz/Islamorada%202009/Johnsettingthehook.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>and Tarpon doing what they do best! this one was a jumper<p><IMG SRC="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/mattsniz/Islamorada%202009/Johnstarponjumping2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/mattsniz/Islamorada%202009/JohnsTarponJumping.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>John after battling the fish for 50 minutes in 115 degree (heat index) weather under brutal sun......<p><IMG SRC="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/mattsniz/Islamorada%202009/Johnsweating.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>and the end result....the hook broke in half right at the boat as the guide tried to grab the fish for the 4th time.....thats considered a landed fish BTW. John in the background trying to cool off, we took a dip right after.<p><IMG SRC="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/mattsniz/Islamorada%202009/Johnsbrokenhook.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>My Dad was down there too, he was bait fishin as his body won't let him dance around the boat like you need to when fly fishing....he had a hell of a good time regardless. Landed the biggest Tarpon of the trip at roughly 150lbs :confused0068:<p>He said he thought he was going to die before getting that fish in, I was worried about that too!<p>Here he is with his guide Jeremy.<p><IMG SRC="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/mattsniz/Islamorada%202009/Dadfishing.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Just as we pulled up he hooked a small bonnethead shark...like a hammerhead just smaller<p>Old Man and the Sea<p><IMG SRC="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/mattsniz/Islamorada%202009/Oldmanandthesea.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>and the catch<p><IMG SRC="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/mattsniz/Islamorada%202009/DadwithBonnethead.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>and the final spot we fished the last day. Known as "The Pocket" it was Ted Williams favorite spot to fish. The cross is in honor of him :bow:. No one approaches it.<p><IMG SRC="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/mattsniz/Islamorada%202009/ThePocket.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>More pics to come as they are edited....sucks having to get back to work!
 

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Re: Islamorada 2009 - Tarpon on the Fly (sniz)

Enjoyed the pics and story - thanks <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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as usual Sniz, crappy photos and a crappy unadventurous story. / end sarcasm<p>Awesome
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Copeland</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">as usual Sniz, crappy photos and a crappy unadventurous story. / end sarcasm<p>Awesome </TD></TR></TABLE><p>lol<p>thanks man....just uploaded 87 total photos, I'll post them up tomorrow. Need sleep now.<p>edit: here you go<p><A HREF="http://s138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/mattsniz/Islamorada%202009/?albumview=slideshow" TARGET="_blank">http://s138.photobucket.com/al...eshow</A><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by sniz at 12:35 AM 6-19-2009</i>
 

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"Old Man and the Sea" pic is pretty darn cool.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>flybynight</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">"Old Man and the Sea" pic is pretty darn cool.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>thanks!<p>got that one framed for Father's Day<p>he loved it
 
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