Puerto Rico; Take Two

A tarpon finally landed after six full days of fishing on our first trip to PR.

Over the years we have done return trips to some locations where we had our best fishing, pretty easy decision really, great fishing means great shows.
Recently we did a return trip to a destination that was one of our toughest shoots to date, Puerto Rico. We fished hard for six full days on that trip and I finally managed to get a fish with only one hour left in the shoot. I think this was one of the most stressful trips we had ever done.

So why return, why go back to a place that caused us so much tension that more than one of us on the trip had a melt down? The answer is pretty simple really, though that trip was brutal we saw the potential in the location and we believed in our guide Omar Oracca from Caribbean outfitters. He swore to us this trip was an anomaly, just a fluke, caused by a plankton bloom in the estuary. He swore that if we were willing to return we would see what Puerto Rico was really like. Besides being a great guy to hang out and fish with, his passion for his fishery convinced us that we had to give PR a second chance.

Even if the fishing is slow, the area around the Tarpon Nest lodge, where we stayed on this tip, is beautiful and a great place to go paddling.
Even if the fishing is slow, the area around the Tarpon Nest lodge, where we stayed on this tip, is beautiful and a great place to go paddling.
And you never know who may be watching you while out on the water

Joining me on our return trip to Puerto Rico were Luther Cifers from Yakattack kayak accessories and Joe Pulliam from Jackson kayak.

For the trip we sent down three Jackson Kayaks, a Cuda 14, Big Rig and my new signature boat the Kraken. I had several personal goals on this trip, first of course was to do better than we did last time, next was to get a tarpon from the Kraken and lastly to get a tarpon while standing up in the Big Rig. I also really was excited at the opportunity to help Joe and Luther get their first tarpon from a kayak. I am very happy to say all of these goals were accomplished and so much more.

From day one of this trip we were getting more action than all of the last trip. There was a bit of learning curve the first day as most of the tarpon we were getting hits from were pretty small and we kept pulling hooks or just plain missing the bites. The tarpon would be flying out of the water throwing the hook before we even knew they were hitting us.

On day two we started connecting with some of these smaller fish.

Joe hooked up to his first tarpon and The first tarpon from a Kraken

I think he is pretty happy about it.

Getting the monkey off my back with my first Tarpon of the trip, showing the fish a little love

Luther with one of the many fish he got on the trip, getting started with the small guys.

The fishing continued to get better as the days progressed and the fish kept getting bigger.
We caught a lot of tarpon on the trip from four pounds to over one hundred pounds.

To say Omar lived up to his word would be an understatement, he worked hard every day to get us on fish and was a blast to fish with. Always positive and full of energy and passion for fishing. I can’t thank Omar and his lovely bride to be Elvia enough for making our crew feel at home in PR.

Fishing trips are about so much more than the fishing, but good fishing certainly helps. Even with bad fishing I am sure this would have been a great trip. I can’t recall the last time I laughed so much on a trip. Thanks Luther and Joe for being our guests this trip and Will and Kelsey for always getting the shots.

my big fish from the trip, pushing 100 pounds, caught as the sun was setting

My partners in crime on this trip, Joe, (top) and Luther

Cruising the streets of Old San Juan

All of us teaming up on the last fish of the trip, a big one that taped out to 103 pounds.

Our final fish of the trip.

Our final fish of the trip.

The end of an awesome trip

The end of an awesome trip

Thanks again to Omar and Elvia for being our AWESOME hosts.

Thanks again to Omar and Elvia for being our AWESOME hosts.

Thanks Will and Kelsey for always working hard to get the shots.


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