Tarpon will always be the main event here at Tarponville, but you will encounter a variety of other fish as well. Jacks will be stocking the river mouth, competing with Tarpon for your fly! Snook can be tucked tight into the river mouth and banks waiting to ambush bait. At times you may find bait jumping out of the water while the jacks and King Fish taunt them from below, trying to fit as many sardines in there mouth as they can!!!
These fish are our biggest bi-catch while fishing for Tarpon around the Sixoala River mouth. These aggressive and explosive fish will be so thick at times, that the Tarpon can't even get to the fly! Fish as large as 30 pounds can be caught and are surprisingly strong, even on a 12 wt..
Our snook fishery comes in few forms. While fishing in close to the river mouth for tarpon, you have a shot at some monster snook getting to the fly while you are fishing for Tarpon. Take a day fishing the Gondoca lagoon for snook anywhere from small fries to medium size fish. Some of our beaches allong Gondoca beach can can also hold snook and be worth making some casts into.
Take the TRIGGER FISH CHALLENGE!! Test your stalking skills for tailing trigger fish on the shallow reef directly in front of the lodge. This is a fun game and can test your patience. With calm conditions you can find these fish either tailing on the reef or watch there backs move through the water while they dash from reef to reef in search of crabs and crustacians. In addition to the trigger fish, you can also incounter Parrot fish found on the same reefs.
Other species tackle list
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
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