Friday, July 11, 2008

Travel Report: Tarpon Tour with Dan Blanton

Ryan and I had the wonderful opportunity to introduce Dan Blanton to two of our destinations in the Yucatan - Tarpon Cay Lodge and Isla del Sabalo. We met up with Dan in Houston and boarded our plane for Cancun, Mexico. After arriving Cancun, we were greeted by Jesciel Mena and he shuttled us to San Felipe.

Our first stop on this "tour" was at Tarpon Cay Lodge. We fished for 3 days and were challenged everyday with an unseasonal blustery morning breeze and a howling afternoon wind. Despite this less than ideal fishing conditions, we had very good fishing sessions for both migratory Tarpon on deeper flats and baby Tarpon in the mangroves creeks. Here is the selection of flies that fished well on this trip at Tarpon Cay Lodge:

Migratory Tarpon FliesBaby Tarpon FliesOur next stop on the Tarpon Tour brought us to Isla del Sabalo. Our fishing conditions had improved since the wind was now an offshore breeze. This gave us a 50 yard wide dead-calm window along the mangrove shoreline. This glassy water enabled us to effectively sight fish to rolling and even cruising Tarpon. Additionally, we even ventured up the rios where we intercepted Tarpon on their way out with the ebbing tide. Here are the top producing flies at Isla del Sabalo during this trip:Dan, thank you for a wonderful trip - good times, fun fishing, and cherished memories.