The Fly Nation team head to the Atlantic coast of Florida, where under the expert guidance of Capt John Meskauskas they target the Tarpon that gather in large shoals, feeding just offshore. There are plenty of other large species, Permit, Cobia and Crevalle Jack that also provide some lively entertainment.
It’s an early start for Paul as he makes a dawn rendezvous with Florida fishing expert, George Wood. Before the sun gets too high in the afternoon, the team (including Richard Stanczyk) get some interest from the barracuda population. Returning later that evening, though, they head out to the area of the Keys known as ‘Channel Two’, and finally contact some Tarpon, although the powerful and wily fish ensure the subsequent battles border on the epic.
Don is fly fishing in Jardines De La Reina in Cuba with Brian Chan and they're looking for a Grand Slam, a bonefish, tarpon and permit in one day. After a great morning on the bones, can Don finally land a permit, probably the trickiest of the three to catch. On the bench, Don ties up one of his favourite tarpon patterns.
Don is on his annual pilgrimage to Cuba for some saltwater fly fishing. Down in Jardines De La Reina, Don's main target species are tarpon, bonefish and the elusive permit. After some fun with the bonefish in the mangroves, Don heads out to the flats as the tide is going on and finds a nice school of tarpon and some permit.
Paul is in Marathon, the largest of the Florida Keys and meets up with legendary skipper Donnie Braswell who plans to put Paul on some Tarpon. They set off early to Seven Mile Bridge, which Donnie is sure will hold some big fish. Paul be using live Mullet as bait and Donnie gives Paul plenty of advice before he starts, especially as there are lots of obstacles around with the bridge pylons. There's plenty of fish about, rolling between the bridges, and a couple take Paul's bait but hooking them is tricky and so they decide to move a little. The move pays dividends and Paul hooks into a nice fish and enjoys a strong battle before the Tarpon throws the hook near the end. The next fish is an altogether different proposition which Donnie estimates at 125lb and has to get on the engine quickly to chase it down. A long spectacular fight ensues before the Silver King makes one huge jump near the boat and breaks Paul's leader. As evening comes around, Paul gets into another one but can he land this one?
Henry is hosting fellow Canadian Football League star, Danny Mcmanus, widely regarded as one of the best ever Quarterbacks in the CFL, and in this episode they'll be targetting the mighty Tarpon in Puerto Rica. They'll take it in turns to fish and Tarpon under 50lb will count for 5 points, over 50lbs and its 10. The biggest fish will get an extra 5 points before the points are tallied and converted to strokes for the golf match. Danny gets the ball rolling and a strong Tarpon gives him a nice workout and an early lead in the match. Karim Chaar, the skipper shows us some handy tips for the best way to attach live baits to your hook when targetting Tarpon. As the rain starts, Danny gets into another hard fighting Tarpon and lands it after another brutal fight. Henry then hooks into a big Tarpon which makes some spectacular leaps out of the water. A long fight ensues before Henry lands his 5th biggest ever Tarpon....what a fish! We take a look at Danny's career before the scores are tallied and the pair head to the golf course. Henry's ahead but Danny is a fine golf player so the match is definitely up for grabs. To watch just login or join
There are Tarpon fishing films, and then there are tarpon fishing films. This is definitely the latter. Two guys - Daniel Göz and Jan Bach Kristensen - venture far off the beaten track in Central America on a quest for giant tarpon, caught on the fly from float tubes. The adventure unfolds as the catch of a lifetime is documented with incredible footage of exhilarating close-up fights with giant tarpon, breathtaking scenery and wildlife as well as interaction with the locals. - Drake Film Festival “Best Fishing” 2010 - Les Farios - Pêches Sportives outstanding Cinematography 2011 - 5Point Film Festival “Best Submission” 2011 - Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards 2011 Silver Winner “Adventure & Travel”
This series takes a documentary style look at the Charter Captains who make their living taking clients fishing in the "sport fishing capital of the world" - the Florida Keys. We join a different boat in each episode, and over the series picks up some top pro tips, and hear's some tall tales along the way. This episode sees us hook up with Captain Chris Johnson and the crew of Sea Squared Charters for a spot of fishing under the Bahia Honda bridge, a known Tarpon hotspot.
Found on the Gulf Coast of Mexico, The Isla Arena is also known as the "Island of Tarpon" and for a pretty good reason. It is one of the best locations in the world to find these magnificent silver monsters. Host Randy Bowser enjoys a two day trip to this amazing location, gently travelling the channels through the mangroves and out into the open lagoon. Guided on to a huge pod of Tarpon, Randy enjoys a personal record number of hook ups. He doesn't net them all but as he says "The tug is the drug". To watch Isla Arena - Island of Tarpon now, just login or register
Watch Cuban Grand Slam as Fly Nation's Josh Nugent and Richard French visit Cayo Romano, Cuba, generally regarded as one of the world's best flats fisheries. The charismatic local guides find them plenty of Bonefish to over 10lbs, hard fighting Permits and the elusive Tarpon. To catch all three in one day means just one thing... A Grand Slam! To watch Cuban Grand Slam now, just login or register
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