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Articles: Sábalo (Tarpon) -

by: Carlos Godoy

"...There is only tarpon here and probably small ones. Season is over and the tarpons on the island are moving searching for better conditions..."

These were the exact words Ruso, one of the most renowned fishing guides in Yucatan Peninsula, used when I asked him about what could be expected from a fishing trip we were organizing and was to be my first experience in deep sea flyfishing.
After that call, I must confess I was about to change my destination because I was determined to fish macabi and not tarpon, which would surely be small.


Tarpons emerging

I tried to get a macabi guide but, unbelievably, I couldn´t find anyone who could offer the possibility of fishing macabi on those dates. I say "unbelievably" because macabi guides are quite easy to find in Yucatan Peninsula.

Thanks God! After this adventure, not only did I become a tarpon fan, Ruso and I became great friends.
Once in Holbox Island, Darwin, Ruso´s youngest brother, gave me some details for the following day, while we were watching an exciting basketball game in the main park of the town.

Darwin´s words were far from encouraging. In fact they made me lose some hope to catch my first fish in saltwater with my fly rod. " It´s really hard. I´ve met experienced anglers that had to come three or four years before catching their first tarpon on the fly rod."

I tried to get some sleep keeping those words in mind but I couldn´t do it before 3 am.

Standing on the shore that morning, waiting for Ruso to let us start that desired fishing day, a strange bonanza appeared before my eyes as soon as the sun rose in the horizon.

"Let´s try the big ones. The sea is calm and the big silver ones might be seen". The hope lost during that basketball game seemed to come alive when I heard those magical words.


Come on, let´s go for them


No sooner had we got to the spot Ruso had in mind than the surface of the sea started to fill with beautiful silver backs, breaking the silence of that winter morning.

My heart was beating faster and faster while I was trying to pay attention to every single instruction I was given. There is no doubt that we were in the right place at the right moment.

After some casts I could feel the typical tension at the end of the line every tarpon fisherman dreams of before going fishing. The fly line became the link between my blood and the blood of that cold-blooded being that would change my perception of flyfishing forever.

It took me three hours to land that beautiful 90-pound tarpon that made me surrender to its greatness "Three hours of which I recall every single detail". Three hours that made me become addicted to tarpon flyfishing.
But, what produces this addiction? Noone has been able to give me the answer.

Maybe it´s the beauty of its form. Tarpons haven´t evolved much, so their appearance is almost the same as the one they had when they shared the waters with prehistoric specimens only found in books.
Or maybe it´s the strength of its dorsal fin that lets the tarpon show its body out of the water when it feels trapped by the tempered steel of the hook.

Maybe it´s the splash the tarpon makes when it emerges from the deep blue. Or the shake of its huge head, making us think that our tiny hook will be launched several meters away.


Maybe it´s the image of a reel rotating at hundreds of revolutions per minute, realizing that over 200 meters backing have vanished away the same reel no fish would be able to fight when we saw it in the fly shop.

Maybe it´s that feeling of losing your arms after fighting that tarpon which is just a few meters from the boat but won´t come out of the water.
The truth is that tarpon fishing keeps captivating every angler determined to face these big powerful fish that still live in the tropical and subtropical seas of the world.

If you haven´t tried yet, I invite you to do it. You will surely become addicted to the world of the great majestic silver fish.


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