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Tarpon Fishing 140You will have breakfast about 7:30 - 7:30 a.m. (time could be adjusted due to tidal influences). Departure to the flats is at 8 - 8:30 a.m. via one of the 26 ft v-hulled open lanches or skiffs. Several of the flats are immense but most are firm fringe flats at the edges of islands and do not require extensive walking.
You will be dropped off with a guide per two fishermen and given the time and redezvous point for meeting.

The boat will wait to make sure you're in a productive area. Start walking slowly, stalking for bonefish. Your guide will help spot fish and walk you through the flat in respect to sun, wind and tide. We've received reports from fishermen who didn't leave a 500-yard area during a single day; other days you will walk much grater distances.
We recommend that you return to the boats midday for lunch, and then continue fishing until four when you return to camp, since the sun sets at 6:30 p.m. It is requested that all fishermen be back around 5:00 p.m. so that the lodge staff has ample time to aid a boat that might be delayed for any reason.
The distance to the real fishing flats will range from an average of 30-40 minutes to a maximum of an hour. There are also productive flats within a 10-minute run.

All boats have life jackets, and cell phones, also a Bimini top to protect you from the sun. Everything possible will be done to keep fishermen as dry as possible during the open water crossings. However, there will be times, especially coming back in the afternoon, when you might get wet from the waves and boat spray. We strongly suggest that you carry a good rain jacket for protection. It will always be warm, but if is cloudy and windy and you are traveling at a fair rate of speed, you could feel chilly and need a windbreaker/rain jacket.
Be candid about your special requirements and feedback from your fishing day and feel free to make any suggestions you have for improving the program to the manager. After a refreshing shower, you will have an opportunity to swap fishing stories and enjoy a cool drink and hors d'oeuvres while overlooking the bay.

Dinner is served from 7-7:30 p.m.
Each evening the guides will determine the next day's schedule on the basis of client input and careful rotation of the productive flats to ensure the grounds are rested. The following day's schedule will be presented at dinner so you can locate on the map where you will be fishing tomorrow.