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Scott Hughes has guided me, my father and my friends on numerous occasions.
I always recommend Scott as a guide to anyone I know. In 2008 we fished 5
or 6 total days with Scott between May and August. In July we fished for
two days and hooked 19 tarpon and landed 9 of them over the course of two days.
This is impressive considering tarpon can take anywhere from 20 minutes to
over an hour to land. Every time we have gone out with Scott our
expectations were supremely exceeded! You will notice that he never stops
working to get you on fish! When we first started fishing with Scott we
were “tarpon virgins”…Scott did a tremendous job helping us develop our
technique and angling abilities for these giant tarpon! And you don’t
develop skills without actually hooking up with tarpon and we did that through
and through with Scott. Whether you are new to tarpon fishing or a
seasoned pro, Scott is your guy.
boat that Scott uses for tarpon fishing is a perfect boat to go tarpon fishing
on. It has plenty of room and stability to make an all day trip very
comfortable. In fact, while at the marina, I was talking with another
guide who was so envious of Scotts boat he called it the “cat’s meow”.
have also had the chance to go redfish and snook fishing with Scott, and just
like the tarpon fishing, he works to make sure you succeed until the last
anyone would like a further 3rd party explanation of Scott’s
abilities please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
have been fishing with Scott every year for more than 5 years. If you want to
catch fish, esp. Tarpon, then you should book a trip with Scott. My last
trip the fishing was slow but we still caught 4 Tarpon and 1 Cobia. Attached
is a picture of a one of those fish.
with charter captains in 5 states and at least a half dozen in Florida.
Capt. Hughes is by far the best. He's not just a superb fisherman he's
a true professional. A good charter can't guarantee fish, it can
guarantee an enjoyable trip with a knowledgeable captain who maximizes your
opportunity to catch fish. Scott knows the fish, knows the methods, and
knows where each species is at on the day you fish. He works
tirelessly for the entire trip to make sure you have the best chance
to catch fish. Pair his professionalism & patience with top
notch equipment & extensive local knowledge... it's an unbeatable
your vacation with bargain trips or forceful, inexperienced captains who
promise the world and deliver a disappointment. Take it from someone
who's fished with enough captains to know. Book with Capt. Hughes
and have the trip of your life.
Feel free to
call me for a first hand account of my charter experiences and I be glad
to explain why Scott is your best bet.
When you are
picked up at the dock on a beautiful late May morning, on time and in a
friendly fashion, with all "gear" ready to go....you know you're in
for a good day. One expert cast of the net, just outside the bay and
the live well is full of fresh, large threadfins. Tarpon was the target for
Capt. Scott Hughes and myself.
always the key to any fishing success and Scott leads by example. What
followed on that morning was a Red letter day as Scott located pods of large
feeding Tarpon at the top end of Pine Island Sound, which resulted in a 4 for
4 hookup and release. They were big fish as well, with the biggest
in the 200 pound range.
unforgettable day with a first class guide, who I would recommend to
anyone who is willing to listen and learn from a true expert.
A Brit living
in Fort Myers
SCOTT HUGHES, aka TARPON DU
Having fished most of my life all
over this continent, for almost every variety of fresh water fish, I became
intrigued with the many stories I’ve heard and read about Tarpon fishing in
Southwest Florida. Finally, this April I succumbed to those tales and went
Tarpon fishing with Captain Scott Hughes.
Having fished with a few captains
before, I was not totally surprised by Scott’s take charge attitude. He did
all the normal things one would expect, but had an uncanny degree of attention
to the small things. They are the things that let one catch, lose or even miss a
tarpon, and they are not going to happen on his boat if he can possibly help it.
After a few hours of drifting over secret sweet
spots he knew of, and lowering or trimming the depth of the bait, the distance
from the boat, the speed of the drift and countless other subtleties I probably
missed, it was beginning to look like we may not strike a fish.
After hours of Scott’s constant attention to winds, angles, rips, fish
sightings and boils, he suddenly
decided we were among lots of Tarpon, put out more lines, changed depths. and
distances of depths until all I could think was these were just obsessive
wrinkles in this man’s psyche, and we would just have to listen and perform
exactly as he asked until it was time to reel in and go home.
Late that afternoon, well into our fifth hour of drifting, and ten dozens
alterations of ways to do it, a Tarpon struck. Unknown to me, my two fishing
partners had secretly decided that no matter which line the first fish struck,
it would be my honor to take the rod and do my best with it.
(When and if you ever go Tarpon fishing, you will understand what a
generous gift this was!)
Only seconds later, maybe
milliseconds, the fish jumped, and in that furious, boiling, savage leap, all I
ever knew about fishing changed forever. It was life altering! No fishing of any
kind anywhere that I know of will ever match the power and fury of a Tarpon gone
mad. Helpful instructions of my fishing buddies were silenced, and Scott stood
by my side insisting on being the only instructor I was to have.
I cannot tell anyone how long this fight lasted. I cannot tell anyone exactly
how big the fish was. I cannot tell anyone how strained and sore my arms and
chest became. I cannot tell anyone how many times I wondered how in the world
any fish could sustain such power – and as it turned out – supremacy – for
so long. What happened was perhaps
inevitable. No one scolded me. No one found any fault with what happened. The
Tarpon was suddenly gone. As quickly as he came, he left.
For reasons I don’t understand, I was not disappointed.
I knew it would be released anyhow. I wished I had seen him just a bit closer at
least once. I hoped we might even get a picture of him aside the boat before he
was released. But none of that happened.
What did happen instead was a completely new
concept of game and sport fishing had been born, Yes, the trout and bass and
pike and other fresh water fish I had pursued all my life would still be
pursued. And so will the striped bass I love to chase. And so will other species
I have been fortunate to fish. But…
As I said above, a tarpon on the end of your line
is life altering. You will not see fishing the same again, no matter how many
decades of other fishing you have done.
This is the experience of one fisherman, new to
Tarpon, new to a captain who is as much a hunter as a fisherman, new to an
experience this late in life that still has the power to change it.
Do not say you were not warned!
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