Had the opportunity to fly fish Apalachicola Bay area this weekend. Have a friend down there that loves to fly fish for tarpon. Only had one good morning of weather. We saw a handful of fish and had a legitimate shot at 2, maybe 3 fish. I was lucky enough to get one to bite.
The mental image of that monster opening her mouth and sucking down that fly will be burned in my mind forever. As soon as she was hooked she peeled off 150-200 yards and jumped 4-5 times. My buddy is a big time conservationist and will not land the fish to help protect the fishery, but will fight them a bit then pop the fly. Thats what we did and I was fine with that. The fish was in the 140lb range and by far the biggest fish I've ever caught.
We were able to fish maybe 4 hours because of weather and it was totally worth it. A little over 20 hours of driving for an experience of a lifetime is a steal for me!