Written by: Dan Davala, Orvis Arlington
Last week, my good friend Jim Lampros (Fishing Manager at Orvis Cleveland) and I had the opportunity to escape the present Ice Age we’re in and fly south to El Pescador in Belize. We decided to spend the majority of our time hunting tarpon, which are available year-round along Ambergris Caye, but of course, we harassed plenty of bonefish and chased some permit in the process. After three days of good hunting, plenty of good shots, and quite a few eats, we had come up short and were unable to get a tarpon to the boat. We were more than content with our “losses” though; after all, we were in Belize, so what did we have to complain about?
That evening, while telling stories and having a few beverages at the open air bar, the fishing director approached to tell us he had a cancellation the next day, the boat was paid for, and if we’d like another shot, it was ours! He twisted our arms pretty hard until we obliged, and just like that, we were back in the game.
Early the next morning, on a calm flat, we found some happy tarpon rolling on the surface, and Jimmy stuck one good! This fish literally chased the fly and hit it five times throughout the retrieve until finally the hook found a home. I was able to get the whole thing from the cast to the grab, to all the jumps, and finally the landing and release on video, so hopefully I’ll have an edit for you soon. Here are a couple of pics in the meantime.