Ben Carmichael

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Fly Fishing for Tarpon in Boca Grande

July 05, 2017

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Fly Fishing for Tarpon in Boca Grande


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On the hunt for the elusive tarpon.

Well, it was a great time together. We learned a few things. It was good family time.

We’re all familiar with the excuses that follow a good skunking; they focus on the positive, and emphasize the bonding and stories that come from unfulfilled expectations. They’re the précis of a half time talk after a good whomping.

And so it was on the plane ride back from Boca Grande, Florida, where we had gone in search in tarpon, or for those with a liberal arts degree and aren’t afraid to show it, a megalops atlanticus. But all we came home with with a megalackofiscus.

Our first trip here, a few years ago, had been a success: we caught a 95 lbs tarpon the first day (see my post here) and, being blown out on the second day, chased fish in the interior. We felt triumphant, and determined for more.

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