Wednesday, February 17, 2010

December Back Country Baby Tarpon & Jack Gartside

With warmer than usual weather this fall we have continued to have great fishing in the Everglades back country for baby Tarpon. While poling the Action Craft 1710 TPS through the super shallow bays and creeks we have been finding Tarpon from 2-22 lbs. rolling just as happy as can be right through the middle of the day. We worked hard to get some photos of the Tarpon launching themselves into the air. It was totally wild to see three days around the moon where they really turned on the feeding. I think we landed around 30 Tarpon a day on back to back days early in the month of December and the number of fish we missed was equally as high. It was spectacular fishing to say the least.
While fishing with Scott Wessels, owner of The Bears Den fly shop in Taunton, Massachusetts we made it a point to fish with the Gartside Gurgler Fly, originally tied by Jack Gartside. Scott had visited Jack in the Hospital in Boston just before heading south to fish with me in the Everglades National Park. It was clear that Jack was not well and we all knew and loved him. I tied up some Gurglers and we fished them all day. It was to turn out to be one of the best days of fishing either Scotty or I have ever seen. It was also the day that Jack passed on from this earth. He was an icon and a wonderfully light spirited and funny man who I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to know. He will be missed