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Recommended Tackle

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Tarpon- The Main Event!

Rod/Reels- We recommend 12-14wt rods for our adult Tarpon. 10/11wts are fine for smaller fish, but once you get into a tarpon over 100 pounds, things change, prepare to have your mind blown.... You will want a rod with stiff action and a lot of fighting power. We want you to be able to really give it these fish once they are hooked and a good rod can help assist. Reels need to be strong, in good shape, and have a reliable drag system and be capable of holding a minimum of 250 yards of backing (we recommend 300). Common things that break on reels are the drag itself, handles, and knobs. Make sure that all of the components of your reel are in good working order prior to arrival and that all backing and line has been properly spooled onto the reel. 

Lines- (fly lines, backing) Starting with the fly line, our fly line of choice is an intermediate sinking fly lines. Full sink intermediates, floating intermediate, or intermediate shooting heads will all get  the job done (I am a fan of a full sink intermediate). You will want the fly to sit 2-4ft in the water column, depending on the drift, an intermediate line does just that. The next fly line you will want is a 500gr full sink to help the fly stay deeper in the water column when water conditions are not so great. Next is the backing, you can get away with a minimum of 30# dacron backing but we recommend a minimum breaking strength of 40# (our backing of choice is Hatch premium braid, 68#) and at least 250 yards of a good quality backing (300-400 recommended). Pack extra backing incase you get spooled or damage your backing due to knots or tangles (AGAIN, make sure that your reels are spooled by a professional on a good reel spooling machine or have been double checked prior to arrival).

Leaders/ tippets- You have options here.. You can build your leaders or you can buy pre-built leaders. Tarpon leaders can be confusing with all of the differnent knots and different types of material that can go into them. Keep it simple, purchase pre-built leaders and have leader building material and tippet in case you run out or need to try something different. Our fishery does not require any fancy or secretive type of leader. Mono-filament leaders are just fine, but if you are looking for the edge, try some flouro leader as well. A class leader of 20-22 pounds is just fine with a bite/ shock of 80-100# (100# preferred) is the best.  Follow that up by bringing some back up tippet and leader material and you will be all set!! 

Accessories and other items- When fishing our Tarpon fishery and spending the day in the boat, we highly recommend having a water proof boat bag or gear bags to protect your valuables and gear from getting wet. Rain jacket and rain pants will help keep you comfortable should you get caught in a small rain shower while out on the water. Even though this is the warm Caribbean, the rain can make you cold if you get exposed.

Other items to consider and have for our fishery and area: Line cutters, hook sharpener, pliers, sun protection, rain gear, hat, water proof boat bag/ fishing pack. 

Click Here to view photos of Recommended Flies on our Tarpon Fishing page.


Recommended Tarpon Fishing Tackle:

  • 2x 12-14wt fly rods (Bring a backup rod as these fish do brake rods!) 
  • 1x reel (Back up if you have one)/ extra spool for heavier option fly line.
  • 2x fly lines- intermediate sinking/ 500gr full sink (optional), (extra fly line in case you get spooled or break one)- Yes, it does happen!!
  • 2x pre-built tarpon leaders per day(figure 1-2 leaders per day, EX: 5 days of fishing= 9 pre-built leaders)
  • leader building material/ Tippets (For leader repair and building)
  • backing- minimum 40-60pound test/ minimum 250 yards, 300 plus recommended (extra backing in case you get spooled)- Yes it does happen!!
  • 1x Hook sharpener
  • Flies- Tarpon fly box/ Tarpon baitfish box (we recommend bringing more flies than not enough, 5 days of fishing= 18- 24)
  • Flats sneaker/ Simms zip up booty (for permit and reef fishing-the reefs are very sharp) 
  • Boat bag (water proof is preferred, keep your gear dry)
  • Wading bag (hip/ back pack- water proof preferred)
  • Polarized sunglasses x 2
  • Pliers/ line cutters/ Hook sharpeners
  • long-sleeved UV protective shirts 
  • Hat
  • Quick dry pants/ shorts
  • Sun buff/ face shield/ sun gloves

Click Here to download the Tackle List

*Please make sure and bring all necessary and recommended tackle with you. Due to limited space and demand Tarponville has limited amounts of tackle on site.

*For your non angling and other packing lists “see packing list" located in your “travel information packet”.

Permit- Those Black Tailed Devils!

Rod/Reels- We recommend 8-9wt rods for our permit fishing. Most fish average 8-12 pounds and fish of the 15-20lb class are caught and seen. You will want a strong enough rod to keep the fish from darting into the coral or to turn the fishes head away from any danger that he can get tangled in and brake you off. Reels should be a mid- large arbor with a reliable drag and capable of holding a minimum of 150 yards of backing. 

Lines- (fly lines, backing) A floating line matching the weight of rod with a presentation taper or a quick pick up line is recommended. Most fish you will cast are tailing or cruising fish while wading the flat on foot. Once in the boat and fishing higher up off of the water, you will have shots at deeper cruising fish. Backing should be 25- 30 pound (heavier is fine) and a minimum length of 150 yards. 

 Leaders/ tippets- Tapered leaders of 12-16lb test in 9-12ft length. I recommend starting out with 16lb and dropping down to 12lb if the fish are not responding. Have tippet in both 12 and 16lb to replace cut off leader or to add length to your leader for presentation.

(Keep a few Tarpon flies and a Tarpon leader available should you come across Tarpon on the flat. Bring a 10wt to leave in the boat or leader up you permit rod and go for it!) 

Accessories and other items- Our permit flat consists of sharp coral and sand mixed with patches of turtle grass. When wading the flat we recommend having a fully enclosed shoe to offer protection from the Sea Urchins and sharp coral. When not wading and fishing from a boat, we still recommend having your flats boot on for quick exit of the boat in order to sneak up on fish if the opportunity should happen. We also recommend a waterproof back pack or sling to keep your gear dry. Depending on the tide, water depth can vary from knee deep to waist deep.  Hip packs can work but if you are short like me, they will be in the water!

Other items to consider and have for our fishery and area:  Line cutters, hook sharpener, pliers, sun protection, rain gear, hat, flat sneakers or zip up booty (if planning on fishing the flat or reefs), water proof boat bag/ fishing pack. 

Click Here to view photos of Recommended Flies our Permit Fishing page.


Recommended Permit Fishing Gear:

    • 1x 8-10wt rods (if you have a backup bring it just in case)
    • 1x Floating fly line to match the rod weight (bring back up if oyu have one)
    • 5x Tappered leaders 12-16lb 
    • Tippet/ leader material- 12lb, 16lb, 20lb, 30lb (20 and 30 for shock or bite tippet for fishing jacks and lagoon or reefs)
    • Flies- 1x Permit box
    • Flats sneaker/ Simms zip up booty (for permit and reef fishing-the reefs are very sharp) 
    • Boat bag (water proof is preferred, keep your gear dry)
    • Wading bag (hip/ back pack- water proof preferred)
    • Polarized sunglasses x 2
    • Pliers/ line cutters/ Hook sharpeners
    • long-sleeved UV protective shirts 
    • Hat
    • Quick dry pants/ shorts
    • Sun buff/ face shield/ sun gloves

Click Here to download the Tackle List

*Please make sure and bring all necessary and recommended tackle with you. Due to limited space and demand Tarponville has limited amounts of tackle on site.

*For your non angling and other packing lists “see packing list" located in your “travel information packet”.

Lagoon Fishing

Rod/Reels- 8-10wt rods (same as permit set up) with a fast action for tight loops and strength to pull flies out of snagged mangroves. Mid to large arbor reels with reliable drag. 

Lines- (fly lines, backing) A floating line matching the weight of rod.  Intermediate sink tips can be added if more depth if needed. Backing should be of 25- 30 pound (heavier is fine) and a minimum length of 150 yards. 

Leaders/ tippets- Tapered or straight leaders of 16-20lb test in 5-8ft length. Have tippet in 16lb, 20lb, and 30lb (20 and 30 pound for bite). Add a 12" bite section of 20-30lb for Tarpon and snook. 

Accessories and other items-  We fish the Lagoon either by boat, if there is access depending on water level, or by kayak. When fishing by kayak your items and yourself will be getting wet so a waterproof bag is recommended. 

Other items to consider and have for our fishery and area: Line cutters, hook sharpener, pliers, sun protection, rain gear, hat, water proof boat bag/ fishing pack. 

Click Here to view photos of Recommended Flies on our Lagoon Fishing page.


Recommended Lagoon Gear:
(All recommened items listed below are linked to TarponvilleShop)

    • 1x 8-10wt rods (if you have a backup bring it just in case)
    • 1x Floating fly line to match the rod weight (bring back up if you have one)
    • 5x Tappered leaders 16- 20lb
    • Tippet/ leader material- 20lb, 30lb (20 and 30 for shock or bite tippet)
    • Flies- 1x lagoon box (see Lagoon fishing page for specific flies patterns and suggestions) 
    • Boat bag/ Pack (water proof is preferred, keep your gear dry)
    • Polarized sunglasses x 2
    • Pliers/ line cutters/ Hook sharpeners
    • long-sleeved UV protective shirts 
    • Hat
    • Quick dry pants/ shorts
    • Sun buff/ face sheild/ sun gloves
Click Here to download the Tackle List

*Please make sure and bring all necessary and recommended tackle with you. Due to limited space and demand Tarponville has limited amounts of tackle on site.

*For your non angling and other packing lists “see packing list" located in your “travel information packet”.

Other species

Most other species are caught while fishing for Tarpon at the river mouth. These fish will include jacks, snapper, mackerel, and snook, just to name a few. There is no additional gear needed and tarpon outfits are fine for these fish.

If you are looking to target specific "other species" we have listed the gear needed below specific to that species.

Jacks/ Bonito/ Mackerel-
Rod/Reels: 9-10wt rods/ mid- large arbor reels
Fly line/ backing: Intermediate sink/ 30-40lb backing with minimum length of 150-200yards. 
Leader/ tippets: 15-25 pound test with bite section of 30-40 pound
Flies: deceivers, EP baitfish, deep water clousers, surface poppers

Triggers-
Rod/Reels: 8-9wt rods/ mid- large arbor
Fly line/ backing: Floating/ 30-40lb backing with minimum length of 150-200yards. 
Leader/ tippets: 12-16 pound tapered leaders/ 12 and 16lb tippet
Accessories: Flats boots or zip up booty for walking on reef.
Flies: Merkin crab, Kungfu grab, Avalon Shrimp, Peglusi mantis shrimp

Tuna, Bonito, Dorado- (please check with Mark prior to planning blue water)
Rod/Reels: 10-12 wt 
Fly line/ backing: intermediate/ 30-40lb backing with minimum length of 150-200 yards. 
Leader/ tippets: 20 pound tapered leaders/ 20, 30, 40 tippets and leader material
FLies: EP bluewater baitfish, deceivers, poppers

*Please make sure and bring all necessary and recommended tackle with you. Due to limited space and demand Tarponville has limited amounts of tackle on site.

*For your non angling and other packing lists “see packing list" located in your “travel information packet”.

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