Last night I was invited to Captain Aaron Snell to have a blackfin tuna dinner with his family. Apparently, the day for his clients was quite awesome–a blackfin tuna, a few bonita (little tunny, false albacore, etc), a large jack crevalle, and a few nice kingfish. It’s always great to hear clients who are pushing farther offshore with their fly poles and having success. For those of you who have not yet explored our offshore fishery, I urge you to consider it–this is one of the most dynamic and challenging experiences available to fly fisherman, anywhere.
Perhaps the most salient characteristic of the offshore fishing is it’s variety: in one day of fishing these clients caught blackfin tuna,
large jack crevalle, king mackerel (kingfish) and little tunny.
They also had a number of shots at mahi-mahi, though none commited to a bite. In addition to these, the list of what could have appeared is lengthy: sailfish, cobia, cero and spanish mackerel, skipjack tuna, yellow and bar jacks, and a host of other deep-water creatures too numerous to list here.
And perhaps the best part? Sitting around the table after a day of fishing, eating some fresh tuna and spending time with what has become as close to a surrogate family as I could ever ask for since moving away from “home” many years ago. Thank you, Aaron and Elena (as well as recent Snell addition Olivia).
And as if you need another reason to go fish, here’s a photo of a nice permit, caught the day before.