Written by: Jenny Mayrell-Woodruff, Fly Fish Beavers Bend
On the first day of our most recent trip, celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary, I took my favorite bonefish set up (a Saltwater Helios 2 6-weight with a Mirage Reel), a fly box, and a Belikin and headed to the beach in search of some before-dinner action.
All thoughts of bonefish quickly evaporated when I stepped onto an adjacent boat dock and saw a pod of tarpon rolling within casting distance. I quickly clipped off the bonefish fly, tied a small chartreuse Tarpon Toad to the 12-pound-test leader, and made a cast. My next few presentation produced follows, but no takes. Knowing that I was under-gunned with both leader and rod only added to the excitement as I anticipated a strike.
After a few more casts, I felt the line come tight and made a strip set. A small tarpon came rocketing out of the water and the fight was on. I was able to keep him from breaking me off on the dock pilings and somehow the light leader held. Rob heard the commotion and came running down the beach to help me land the fish. A few quick photos and my 6-weight tarpon became another of many great memories from my time fly fishing in Belize.