Saturday, November 25, 2023

November 20, 2023 - Aruba

Took a family vacation to Aruba.  We had a great time!

Had scheduled a 1/2 day guided flyfishing trip with Laurenz Van Mook of

I had not ever caught a tarpon, so was hoping to get one added to my flyrod list.  I caught one, lost one, and missed a couple more bites.  We looked for bonefish, only saw a couple, and the only cast I made to one landed too close, resulting in the fish getting spooked.  I also had a Bar Jack on, but lost it...and then caught a small Blue Runner.  The Tarpon and Blue Runner were flyrod fish #82 and #83 for 2023!

Baby Tarpon

Blue Runner.  This is a pic I grabbed off the fish was smaller (but similar markings) ...and flipped out of the guide's hand back into the water while we were trying to take a picture.

Sally Lightfoot Crab (juvenile)

Monday, November 6, 2023

November 4, 2023

 Drove and towed my boat 3.25 hours each way (6.5 hrs total), just to fish for 1.5 hours!  I could have fished longer, I just didn't need to.  I was targeting Chain Pickerel.  Target acquired!

Caught 5 Chain Pickerel.  My 81st Flyrod Species for 2023!  These are the 3 best ones.

Additional pics:

First time I've had my boat out since we moved in 2020!  Love it!

Also caught this chunky 19" Largemouth Bass. Biggest one I've caught since moving from Iowa.  Heckuva fighter!: