Campeche Tarpon Report

We received another great report of Tarpon fishing action from Drake M.  chronicling  his trip to a lodge operation called Campeche Tarpon in Campeche Mexico. We appreciate Drake sharing is experiences with us and we both invite and encourage you to send us reports of your fly fishing adventures from wherever in the world that they happen. We here at Black Fly Outfitter and the readers of this blog are always interested hearing your accounts of a great trip. Send us an email recounting the experience and attach your photos and we will gladly share them with our readers.
Here is Drake’s report:
Thanks to Alejandro (owner/operator of Campeche Tarpon) for a wonderful trip Sept. 18-23. As always, he was the perfect host and catered our trip to exactly what we wanted. We fished early, we fished hard, we fished near, we fished far….whatever it took….and he kept the Manzanita Sol well stocked and cold!  The rainy season was in full effect as afternoon thunderstorms popped up everyday, providing a welcomed cool down and spectacular displays of lightning. We encountered virtually every type of situation you could imagine in our 5 days of fishing.
Pre dawn strike!
Pre dawn strike!

We found tarpon rolling in the creek mouths, the back country, the mangrove edges, the inner flats, and even a few along the outside flat edges. The one constant was floating lines, visually explosive takes, and spectacular acrobatics in the crystal clear waters of Campeche

Surviving the jumps
Surviving the jumps
Another one to the boat!
Another one to the boat!
You gotta love tarpon fishing!
You gotta love tarpon fishing!

For flies I would highly recommend any of the EP patterns, though it seemed olive and white with some flash was best (also great for snook), foam body toads and traditional body toads in chartreuse, chartreuse and yellow, and purple and black. And of course, poppers, which seemed particularly effective in the wee early hours of the day no matter the color!

Some of the flies that Drake used sucessfully on his trip.

Some of the flies that Drake used sucessfully on his trip.

This was my third time to Campeche and it won’t be long until I am back fishing again with my friends Alejandro, Pechuga, and Hollywood! Thanks for everything!

We here at Black Fly Outfitters have hosted two separate trips to Campeche Tarpon and it is one of our favorite destinations. Click here to read a report on our last trip. If you would like to join us on our next trip there (now scheduled for the June, July time frame), let us know by dropping me an email at my address below.
If you have any plans to visit  Campeche Tarpon or any other tarpon fishing destination and need flies for your trip, we have all of these and many many more in our store. Visit us here, www.blackflyoutfitter.com and check us out.

You can see more from the trip by Brett Colvin at www.flytowater.com

Send me your fly fishing trip report and photographs to blackfly.jeff@gmail.com and I’ll share your trip with our readers.

Tarpon Fishing in Cuba

Another friend of the store is Mike M. stationed in Cuba, sends this report of his first fly caught tarpon.
Here is a pic of the second tarpon I caught 3 weekends ago on a fly.  I went out early in the morning thinking I would just practice my casting (just bought the rod two weeks earlier) when I saw a friend catching bait.  When asked, he told me that he usually sees tarpon by one of the small islands in the bay.  I putted over when a saw a few tarpon on the surface.  The first one I caught was just over three feet long the second one (attached) was over five feet (I laid the rod down not thinking that later I could use it to get a rough length on the fish).  It took almost 45 min to bring to the boat (I was fishing alone and was using my trolling motor to control the boat), I snapped the photo, revived and released him.  If you look closely, the fly is forward and below his jaw (the green and yellow Bunny Streamer I purchased from your store a week earlier!).  I will be back in Jacksonville next month to purchase more
flies!
Mike M.'s first tarpon on fly
Mike M.'s first tarpon on fly

Send me your fly fishing trip report and photographs to blackfly.jeff@gmail.com  and I’ll share your trip with our readers.