Snook and Tarpon
Host and angling guide, Randy Bowser kicks off the series in style from his hometown of Progresso, Mexico with the explosive power of a good sized Tarpon from the harbour. Next he heads out with wife Jen, who suffers from muscular dystrophy and she catches a lively small Tarpon too. Randy then turns his attention to the Snook which are also found in numbers in the harbour. The action is fast and furious with plenty of good sized Snook caught on his Crystal Minnow lure and he also catches a big Sea Trout. Next up his finds a Triple Tail, or 'Chompa' as they are locally known which put up an amazing fight for their size. Randy closes the show with another successful early morning session on the Tarpon.
Randy heads to Celestun, one of his favourite fishing spots on the Yucatan and they position the boat at the mouth of the Ria Celestun throwing into the mangroves for Snook and Sea Trout. Its a quick start with a nice Speckled Sea Trout followed by a Ladyfish. The action dries up although Randy does see a nice inlet that he's never seen before which he earmarks for a future episode before Randy decides to call it a day. Next up they move to Dzilam de Bravo, another of Randy's favourite Yucatan locations and head into the backwaters. But with no success and a low tide around, they decide to concentrate on a main channel first and Randy finds plenty of willing Barracuda. As the tide rises, they head back into the backwaters and Randy finds a Barracuda in a narrow channel. Randy reflects on tough year due to the pandemic but is hopeful for better things in 2021.
Into the Mangrove
Randy is heading down the coast, around 30 mins from Chuburna harbour, to an area of mangroves called Las Carbonadas on the Yucatan Penninsula. On arrival they start by trolling in a wide channel and pick up a small Barracuda and a Jack. Randy decides to try and visit a natural spring deep in the mangroves but has to turn back as the channel becomes impassable by boat with the spring too far to reach by foot. He returns in a smaller boat a week later and heads upstream to the natural spring revealing a beautiful part of the mangrove habitat that most humans never venture too. Noticing a few Mangrove Snapper on the way out, Randy pops on a shrimp to try and bag himself some lunch.
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