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Monday, June 30, 2008

Keys Grand Slam!

I spent the last four days fishing and filming in the Key West area of the Florida Key's with Capt Justin Rea and Angler Jay Robertson. Conditions have been good this Tarpon Season and the fish were swimming. Jay is one heck of a good caster and really knows the ins and outs of fishing in the Keys. If there were ever a spectator aspect to the sport of fishing, I think Tarpon fishing in the Florida Key's is one of the best shows. I was stoked to get a bows eye view of all the Action.
Capitan Justin Rea of Sting Rea Charters poles into position while Jay Robertson gets ready for a shot.
Here's Jay manhandling a nice one. He put the boots to this fish. Justin goes in for the grab. It's a great feeling to get your fly back from one of these giant beasts. Day 3 started out with a few nice Bonefish. This was the biggest of the bunch.Before lunch, Jay had a nice permit in the boat. This little fella did everything he could to shake em. He tried rubbing the sand, wrapping the coral heads, darting under the boat and even the old wrap around the pulling pole technique. After some good driving by Justin and some handy rod work by Jay, he eventually got grabbed too. With a few nice Bonefish and a Permit in the boat now it was time to find a Tarpon. Justin took us into a sneaky little tarpon pond and Jay roped this little guy to finish off the Florida Keys Grand Slam by 1pm. What a day! On the last day of the trip, I got in on the action with a baby tarpon out of another one of Justin's secret tarpon ponds. This little fella took a dry and that was enough to put a huge smile on my face.

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