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October 29, 2008

French West Indies Guadeloupe on the board

The missing link cracked

On a virgin territory of no guides, no flats boat except mine, it ain't easy to gather day by day all infos on spots, time of the day and the best frame time to catch on sight specific species of fish. It is here an unknow game and I had to learn it from zero except books and internet for general info on fish behavior.

I would say that the first two years, I was moving forward in the night but it has given some highlights to be told : a hundred pound tarpons, a super grand slam with Dave Teper, some permits, nice snooks and bones that some clients that had alreday been to many place in caraibean think that pounds for pounds takes steroid cause they fight harder than in other islands.....

In Guadeloupe exsited a missing link between baby tarpons of 2/5 lbs and those over 60 lbs up to 150 lbs that cruise here from Jin until end october. I said existed car I recently caught a piece of this missing link which was invisible until this windless week end with Patrick Daymand a french customer. I was about to take the direction of a known spot, then I remind this tarpon I had hook up and fight for long on a 9 wt and the spot, weather conditions weree about the same and so I silently change my mind and took the direction of the spot.

Once on it, I shut down the moror, Patrick steped on the casting platform and I start polling over a grass bottom 5 feet deep. After 50 yards a first back back slay the oily water surface at 100 feet. The tarpon go way and do not show up again. Anyway I followed him and 100 yards later I seen a school on my right then more at 200 yards on my left at ten, no way to get on them before they move to much, so I crank the engine and pass well over their way to intercept them. When I'm back in my platform there's several schools rolling quite often between 80 to 120 feet by 2 meters deep. Casting indication rain on Patrick who struggle hard and soon manage to get a hook up a first poon at 50 feet of the boat then slack is still on, I order him to keep striping as I see some tarpon swiming under it, the second his on and jump after jump his finally to the boat side. While I was trying to apporach my hand to his lower jaw a quick song is heard. Patrick just broke is 10 wt, hopefully the tarpon his a bit tired and after a quick shot at this 15/18 lbs fish swam away.

Story ain't over during two hours and half I poled and Patrick casted of the still activ tarpons, many fish lost and then a new tarpon well hooked, his bigger than the last one, Patrick is an bad sh...t with his 8 wt. Patience and brio allows him to bring this 25 lbs fish on the boat side and soon the fish go away. Next day I told Patrick that we must be on the water earlier to fish the best hours. So this morning at 6 am, tarpons are not around, we are waiting 20 minutes polling around, still no activity, I decide to cross a large area to reach other spot taht could hold them and be productiv but I kill the engine on the middle of the way, instinct or not, It has save the day because watching in our 6 o'clock, I seen many schools of tarpon chasing small baits and it is 4 tarpons and one small jack that we landed this morning.

Two days summary : 6 tarpons landed one 25 lbs, one 15 lbs, one 11 lbs and two 8and 9 lbs many bites, many follow, couples jumps and a part of the missing link lighted....hope to see you on the water to keep the light bright.

Tight Lines
Alexis Ducros
Guide for EkwataFly