Back in the tournament saddle

Teaming up again, Sam Kaufman and I are riding out the unofficial "end" of tarpon season by fishing this year's Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament. (April through June are thought of as the prime tarpon … [Read more...]

And the winner is…

Fly fishing in the Florida Keys brings many rewards: challenging fish fights, views that leave you speechless, and now and then you have to make room on the wall for another award. We were lucky to … [Read more...]

A tarpon a day…

Working both shorelines and open water, we logged another tarpon on the score board yesterday, the 4th day in the week-long annual Don Hawley tournament. Weather has been steadily improving since … [Read more...]

Four more…

Fly fishing for Florida Keys tarpon continued to be fruitful on Tuesday, the 2nd day of the annual Don Hawley tournament. My angler Sam Kaufman went 4 for 7 on tarpon hook ups, bringing our 2-day … [Read more...]

One down…

Fly fishing in the Florida Keys isn't all sunny and smooth, but the rewards are big all the same. Amid less than ideal conditions yesterday - cloudy, windy, rainy - a good number of tarpon were caught … [Read more...]

Tarpon beware!

It's the first day of the annual Don Hawley Tarpon Fly tournament.  Organized in 1975, it was the first tournament to stop the killing of tarpon. With a sunrise like this to start out, it feels like a … [Read more...]

Royal rewards

What's better than landing a hefty tarpon on a crisp April afternoon? The gravity-defying acrobatics tarpon are known for. With my friend and client on the bow, I watched as his line zinged tight … [Read more...]

Twin reds

These seasoned fresh-water fishing brothers tried their skills on the salty flats of Islamorada with me recently. They made the few adjustments I called out, and practiced retrieving snapper, drum, … [Read more...]

Fair-weather fishermen beware

When anglers flock to the Florida Keys, most envision sunny skies and flat still waters in which to hunt their prize catch. While it is an island paradise down here, we still sometimes have … [Read more...]


Last post, I was headed to the lower Keys to fish the 3-day March Merkin permit tournament. We gave it our best  shot, or shots, through gusty wind conditions. But the permit just wouldn't bite our … [Read more...]