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Bonefish Tackle: (Fly fishing)

Fly Rods: Multi-piece 7 or 8 wt. Fly rods in the nine foot length are the best choices. We like fast tapered saltwater rods that have been specially designed for the riggers of the salt. Good models to choose from include the Sage, Scott, Winston and Ross series, all in four piece, for easy traveling. Bringing along a spare rod is not a bad idea.

Fly Reels: (minimum 150 yards of 20 lb. backing) Smooth disk drag, fully anodized reels with plenty of backing capacity, Models to consider are those offered by Abel, Sage, Ross, Tibor, Galvan, Waterworks or Bauer.

Fly Lines: A weight forward floating line is all you need. Rio Bonefish, Tarpon and Saltwater tapers are very good. These lines are specifically designed for saltwater fly fishing.

Leaders: Tapered saltwater leaders made from clear monofilament (8 - 15 lb. class ) 10' - 12' are the way to go. Umpqua Bonefish Leaders and the Rio Powerflex Knotless Bonefish Leaders are good choices. You should bring along some tippet material, clear monofilament (8 - 15 lb. class). Fluorocarbon leaders are another good choice as they are near invisible in the water, perfect for spooky fish in very clear water.

Flies for Bonefish: Bonefish flies come in an array of styles and colors. The following list of flies, should cover most of the bonefishing situations you will encounter. Crazy Charlies #6 (silver, amber, crystal pink, crystal chartreuse) Blind Charlies #6 (silver, amber, crystal pink, crystal chartreuse). Mini Puff #6, # 4 (pink, tan/orange, chartreuse) McVay Gotcha #6 (chain bead-eye). Christmas Is. Charlies #8 (tan, pink, yellow), Bonefish Clouser #6 (chartreuse), Raghead Crab #8, Popovic Ultra Shrimp #4, Mangrove Critter #1/0.

Bonefish Tackle: (spin/cast fishing)

Rods: 7', 2-pc. graphite rods in a light to medium action, for lure weights between 1/8 -1/2 oz. Spinning rods are preferred.

Reels: (Spinning) minimum 150 yards of 10 lb. test line. Penn Spinfisher 440- 450 SS, Finor AHAB 8A - 12A , Diawa BG 13 - BG 15, Shimano Sustain SA4000FA, and Zebco Great white Series GW40.

Lines: Clear, fresh, premium monofilament, (8 -12 lb. line class). Brands to consider include Ande, Maxima, Berkley Trilene, and Stren.

Lures for Bonefish: Led head jigs and live bait (when available) are the proffered choice among spin fishermen for bonefish. Lures: 1/8 - 1/2 oz. Gaines Wiggle Jigs (pink, brown, chartreuse, white) Millie's Roundhead jigs, Arrowhead jigs, Semi-Flat jigs, and Deluxe Wiggle Jigs, 1/8 - 5/16 oz. (white, pink, brown, yellow, chartreuse). 1/8 oz. lead head jigs with 2" soft plastic tails (Mister Twister, Swirl Tail Grubs) (white, pink, chartreuse, sparkle chartreuse, root beer, sparkle root beer, clear silver, clear gold) D.O.A. Shrimp Lures (assorted colors,) Life-like shrimp and crab lures. Johnson Silver Minnow, 1/24 oz., Epoxy Flies (weedless).

Permit Tackle: (Fly fishing)

Fly Rods: Multi-piece 8 - 10 wt. fly rods in the nine foot length are the best choices. We like fast tapered saltwater rods that have been specially designed for the riggers of the salt. Good models to choose from include the Sage Xi2, Scott S3S, Winston Boron IIx and Redington CPS series, all in three or four piece, for easy traveling. Bringing along a spare rod is not a bad idea.

Fly Reels: (minimum 150 yards of 20 lb. backing) Smooth disk drag, fully anodized reels with plenty of backing capacity, Models to consider are those offered by Abel, Sage, Ross, Tibor, Galvan, Waterworks, Redington and Old Florida.

Fly Lines: A weight forward floating line is all you need. Rio Bonefish, Tarpon and saltwater tapers are very good. These lines are specifically designed for saltwater fly fishing.

Leaders: Tapered saltwater leaders made from clear monofilament (12 - 15 lb. class ) 10' - 12' are the way to go. Umpqua Bonefish Leaders and the Rio Powerflex Knotless Bonefish Leaders are good choices. You should bring along some tippet material, clear monofilament (8 - 15 lb. class). Fluorocarbon leaders are another good choice as they are near invisible in the water, perfect for spooky fish in very clear water.

Flies for Permit: Bauer's Fur Crab #6, Turneffe Crab (olive) #6, Raghead Crab #8, #2, or 1/0, Del's Permit Crab #2, Popovic Ultra Shrimp # 4 or 1/0, Bauer's Mantis Shrimp.

Permit Tackle: (spin/cast fishing)

Under most situations your bonefish spinning outfit is adequate for permit fishing. If you had to change one element of your tackle it would be your reel. Permit are in the jack family, and pull like few fish can, therefore a reel capable of holding a minimum of 200 yards of 12 lb. test is the best choice. Live crabs are a permit's one and only weakness. Most permit are caught with a 1/8 oz. Wiggle Jig with a hermit crab trailer, a very deadly combination. You can also rig a slip sinker outfit with live bait: Small or medium size barrel swivel, 1/8 - 1/4 oz. slip sinker and a #1 or #2 Mustad 9174 O'Shaughnessy bait hook with a hermit crab threaded on. Hooks should all be barbless.

Tarpon Tackle: (Fly fishing)

Fly Rods: Multi-piece 10 - 12 wt. fly rods in the nine foot length are the best choices. We like fast tapered saltwater rods that have been specially designed for the riggers of the salt. Good models to choose from include the Sage, Scott, Winston and Ross series, all in four piece, for easy traveling. Bringing along a spare rod is not a bad idea.

Fly Reels: (minimum 150 yards of 20 lb. backing) Smooth disk drag, fully anodized reels with plenty of backing capacity, Models to consider are those offered by Abel, Sage, Ross, Tibor, Galvan, Waterworks & Bauer.

Fly Lines: A weight forward floating and Intermediate lines are all you need. Rio or Sage Bonefish, Tarpon and Equator tapers are very good. These lines are specifically designed for saltwater fly fishing.

Leaders: Leaders for tarpon fishing incorporate a shock tippet section married to a class tippet section, by a series of special knots. If you are not into tying your own , then we recommend the Rio Powerflex Big Game Leaders. They are sold in packets of three with prestraightened shock tippets ready to go. The 16 lb. class tippet / 60 lb. shock tippet leaders are perfect for Pesca Maya. If you would like to tie your own tarpon leaders, some good reference books are Lefty Krey "Fly Fishing in Saltwater" and "Practical Fishing Knots" by Lefty Krey and Mark Sosin.

Flies for Tarpon: In general, Pesca Maya tarpon flies should be tied on 1/0 & 2/0 size hooks. Slight variations in shape and color can be all that is needed to entice tarpon into striking. When fishing the lakes at Paradise (November - March) brightly colored flies work best in stained water. Dark flies are the ticket (April - October) when the water is typically gin clear. They key here is contrast in color between the water and the Fly. Whistlers in Red/White, Cockroaches, Stu Apte’s in Orange/Black, Blue/White – Sizes 1/0 – 3/0, all work well.

Tarpon Tackle: (spin/cast fishing)

Rods: 6' 6" - 7' 6" medium/heavy action rod for lure weights 3/8 oz. - 2 oz. (12 -20 lb. line class) spinning or casting rod. If you chose a casting rod, go with a trigger stick. G. Looms makes some fine rods to fit this bill.

Reels: (Spinning) minimum 150 yards of 15 lb. test line. Penn Spinfisher 650 SS, Finor AHAB 16A , Diawa BG 30, Shimano Sustain SA6000FA, Zebco Great white Series GW60. (Casting) Abu Garcia 6500 C Syncro, Abu Garcia SM5600C ,Quantum Iron IR3W, Shimano Calcutta CT-200.

Lines: Clear, fresh, premium monofilament, (16 -20 lb. line class). Brands to consider include Ande, Maxima, Berkley Trilene, and Stren.

Leaders: Shock tippet is needed when fishing for tarpon and snook. We suggest 40 lb. - 60 lb. clear monofilament.

Lures for Tarpon: There are a wide variety of lures that are effective in taking tarpon. One of big obstacles in hooking and landing a tarpon is getting the hooks to stick. Many anglers have increased the number of fish actually landed by replacing the treble hooks on the lures with single siwash hooks. (Surface) Rebel "Jumpin" Minnow 4 1/2" 5/8 oz. (silver/black, silver/blue, copper/back, copper/orange) Heddon Zara Spook 4 1/2" ¾ oz.(gold/black/orange, gold/chartreuse, silver/red head}. (Subsurface) Rapala CD and/or F 14 5 1/2" (silver, red/white, gold/ flored, silver) Bomber Jointed Long "A" 4 1/2" 3/8 oz. (silver/red head, silver/black, firetiger) Bomber "Mullet" 3 1/2" 5/8 oz. (gold/black/orange, silver/red head) In addition: chuggers, poppers, Creek Chub Darters, & stick baits. (Jigs) 1/4 - 3/4 oz. saltwater jig head with 4" - 6" soft plastic jig bodies "Sassy Shad", grubs, and swim baits. Bucktails from 3/8 - 3/4 oz. (yellow, white, black, red/white, chartreuse).

Snook Tackle: (Fly fishing)

You can use the same Fly fishing tackle that you use for tarpon. Snook key in on surface flies with a vengeance. Surface patterns like Whitlock's Swimmin' Frog, Swimming Baitfish, Randy's Gator Frog, Peacock Diver, Snook-A-Roo, and Crystal Poppers are good choices. Flies outlined in the tarpon flies section will work for your subsurface patterns including Whitlock's Sheep Fly Lefty's Deceivers, and Dahlberg's Rabbit Strip Divers.

Snook Tackle: (spin/cast fishing) Please refer to Tarpon Tackle (Spin/Cast Fishing)

Barracuda Tackle: (Fly fishing)

Pesca Maya waters are full of barracuda. Your tarpon/snook or bonefish/permit Fly fishing outfit is perfect for hounding cudas. For barracuda fishing you'll need a spool of nylon covered braided wire "Sevalon" or "SevenStrand" kink-resistant wire in the 40 lb. class. The Fly Shops' "Cuda Fly", Goddards Needlefish, and a chartreuse and white tarpon streamer, with plenty of flashabou is all you need.

Barracuda Tackle: (spin/cast fishing)

Your bonefish/permit or tarpon/snook spin/cast outfit is perfect for barracuda. Rapala type lures, and tube lures (chartreuse, orange and flo. red will get the job done. You'll need a spool of nylon covered braided wire "Sevalon" or "SevenStrand" kink-resistant wire in the 40 lb. class.

Other Gear: Polarized sun glasses, wading boots, fanny pack or chest pack if you wish to wade. A good pair of pliers, cutters, forceps, line dressing, a good hook sharpener, camera, film, batteries, small flashlight, day pack or boat bag, insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm, leader stretcher, wide brimmed hat, long sleeved shirts that offer sun protection (Patagonia Baggies or Ex-Officio are best) Pants that offer sun protection and dry fast, personal toiletries, and medications. Since we will be spending a lot of time in a boat, some people may choose to bring motion sickness pills. As always, a Passport is required. END SPAN -->

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