Happy New Year
2022 is here! If you are like me, you are wondering what the heck happened to the last year or two. I'm not sure there is anyone that hasn't lost track of time because of everything going on in the world. The good part is, if you're reading this, you are still here and so am I. I also know this, if you are like me, you are ready to get back to enjoying life and fish!
I finished 2021 by seeing a lot of my old clients, who decided to take advantage of the great weather and go fishing. I won't lie; fishing wasn't easy. It wasn't that we were not seeing fish, but they were very difficult to get close to and even more difficult to get them to eat. It didn't matter if we were fishing live bait, throwing soft plastics, or casting flies to them. I have a few theories as to why this was, but I'm not sure it matters. What is important, is that with a lot of work and patience, the majority of the trips were successful! Depending on the trips, we caught redfish, seatrout, sheepshead, mangrove snapper, snook, jacks, catfish (always gonna happen when you fish live bait), flounder, and more. It was a great way to the end the year, and I feel blessed that people wanted to spend some of their hard earned vacation time and money with me. Hope none of my clients take this the wrong way, but the greatest thing I heard all month came from my youngest client, who was fishing with his dad. His quote, "Dad, we gotta do this again, but only if we can come with Captain John". I'm not exaggerating when I say that brought a little skip to my heart. Enjoy some photos from these recent trips below.
The next few months are going to offer some great fishing opportunities. January and February will continue to be spectacular for sight fishing the flats. The water will be clear, the fish will be up shallow and hunting, and these are perfect for sight fishing. yes, it can be a little more challenging, but like last month, with hard work and patience, plus a little angling skill, we can have success. March will also be a great month for the saltwater, but it also starts a great time for largemouth bass fishing. So, saltwater or freshwater, we can have a blast. The end of March and April will bring on bowfishing season. This is one of my favorite times of the year and the action is always hot.
I know the last couple of years have been difficult for everyone. So, I'm taking this opportunity to offer a little bit of a discount. The discount is for ALL single anglers on a half day trip. I'm taking $50 off the normal rate, making a half day rate $300, in the Mosquito Lagoon area. Sorry, with the rise in fuel prices across the area, I can't offer this discount to locations outside my local area. This is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy some relaxation and the health benefits of being in the sun and salt air. I don't know how long I'm going to run this special, so don't wait too long to take a trip!
Again, thanks for a wonderful 2021 and I look forward to seeing all of you in the new year! I also urge you to check out the new Forum Article, where I give tips on winter fishing. The Forum Page is a great place to read some informational articles and ask your questions. Check it out here: Forum Page
Want to get a little excited about a fishing trip? Check out this video:
Until next time, Tight Lines and Screaming Drags
- Captain John Tarr