With the 2004 Tarpon Bonanza now 3 days away, I figured there's no better time to start a blog than the present. The fishing reports coming out of the Key West flats fishing community seem to be heading in the right direction, and after a long weekend of relaxation with Nina's family, I'm ready for another run at the title.
Team Al & Al have a new strategy going into the '04 campaign, and assuming that the weather permits its execution, a Grand Slam - at least one tarpon, permit and bonefish during the 2 days on the flats - seems to be within the reach of the former champs turned chumps. Two years ago, there was much merriment on the waters around Woman Key as Captain Greg McKee turned the boys loose on two tarpon in the 50"+ category and one baby (seen in the picture above). Last year was another story, however, as a couple of poorly placed flies, a failed bow and some bad luck combined for an all-out skunking.
Also worth note, the team has been expanded dramatically heading into this year's campaign, which could have serious adverse effects on a run at the title. This year's agenda includes 8 Cornell boys, a private house and the Keller/Mitchell X-factor. In short, Thursday night's exuberance could leave a mark on rookie challengers. We'll see.