Winter Tarpon Paradise
Capt. Francisco Rosario
August 31, 2010
Boqueron Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report
Discover the Caribbean Tarpon Paradise this winter
Hi my name is David Mark and I'm addicted…to Tarpon Fishing and we discover Fly Fishing paradise In the west coast of Puerto Rico.
How to get there I took the short flight from Florida to Puerto Rico (Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla ) The airport is the second inte...rnational airport in Puerto Rico in the region of Porta del Sol, Puerto Rico's west coast picked up a rental car and drove 1 hours to Boqueron area. Capt.Pochy is the pioneer developer of Boqueron Bay Inshore Tarpon fishery and the only fly fishing guides in this region.They live to fish and spend all their time on the water or tying flies. Capt.Pochy knowledgeable, and dedicated to finding fish. The area is home to a significant population of year-round resident tarpon. Plenty of larger fish also the regions bays, lagoon and estuaries throughout the year. The big Tarpon are present, presumably to take advantage of the warmer waters and plentiful forage.
In my time with Capt.Pochy we saw hardly any other anglers amongst an immense amount of great water. We found tarpon rolling in the mangroves and snook crashing baitfish. We also had some great sight fishing for blue runners over hard flats.
The Boqueron Bay Tarpon trip for anglers interested in two to five days of serious Tarpon fishing. For anglers simple hotel based accommodations, uncrowded waters, straightforward travel logistics, and skilled motivated guides, this is the trip!
I was met by Capt.Francisco (pochy) Rosario, my guide for the next few days our of Boqueron bay Cabo Rojo. On this portion my trip I was joined by my fishing friend, Buck. Once Pochy loaded our equipment into his truck he poured us cold Piña Coladas which we enjoyed on the short drive to the boat. This was Buck's first tarpon trip ever and he managed to hook /jump three fish and land one in his first day of fishing. One encounter that neither of us will ever forget started with a perfect lead and a super visual/violent take less than 30 feet from the boat!
I have to say Buck is one of the luckiest fly fishermen I have ever met. It seemed that every time he had a rod in his hand the fish would come to our boat. One time he just stood up and said, " There's one" in his charming southern accent , plopped his fly out, stripped and wiggled his fly twice and the fish ate it. Buck actually is an accomplished angler and though he made it look easy at times, we had our struggles.
Two of the days I was in high heaven with wads of fish rolling and daisy chaining all around me. Though my ability to consistently feed these fish was limited, I did manage to feed a few and fought my personal best on my last cast of the trip. I even missed my flight home due to fighting this beautiful beast. Tarpon took me on and off a flat, through a deep blue water , and ultimately broke my leader off .
Tarpon fishing in the Boqueron Bay on fly is for everyone. You must be ready to hunt fish, face light winds . The stronger the caster, the better your chances are. Leading a moving fish with a 15 mph crosswind or hitting a laid up tarpon on the nose is anything but easy! I recommend allotting at least four days to such a trip taking into account that longer stays increase your chance to more Tarpon. Most of the boat runs are from 15 minutes to about an 1/2 hour. Each day I saw hundreds of Tarpon, jumped between five and twelve from 25 to 75 pounds, and ultimately landed between one and five fish every day of the trip.
I was very impressed with the entire experience. With innumerable opportunities to sight cast with 10-weight rods to tarpon in the 30 to 150 pound class. Space is limited so let Capt.Pochy know as soon as possible if you are interested to visit Boqueron Bay for more infomation visit his blog http://lighttackleadventuretarponfishing.blogspot.com/
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