Chasing Tarpon

On Saturday I had the chance to chase tarpon with Capt. Chris Aubit of the Salt Water Angler (www.saltwaterangler.com) in Key West. Conditions changed with an impending front, but we checked all the likely spots for the usual suspects. That was a cool thing about fishing with Chris, one of the new guard in Lower Keys skiff fishing: He looked most of the places I would have checked if I'd been on the poling platform, as well as some that I didn't know about. It was one of those rare days that you pull up to The Stadium off Sugarloaf Key in the heat of 'poon season and only see two other boats. Alas, it wasn't meant to be. We saw five fish all day long, had three shots and got one follow. But that's what you call tarpon fishing. I remember somebody once asked Drew Moret in Islamorda what it takes to catch a 100-pound tarpon on fly tackle. His answer: $30,000. That's about right. But then again, like his dad, Sandy, says: "If it was easy, it wouldn't be any fun."