Updated: 2009 Fish of the Year: Tarpon
Help us settle a year end holiday dispute at This River is Wild. Which fish over the past year was the greatest? We each put in two entries for fish of the year and hopefully our small readership will help end the bickering between us (there really is none). So what makes the fish of the year? Is it the size of the fish, story and experience, or beauty? Here are the entries with an accompanying link to the post. Vote on the top right of the blog. Happy holidays!
Option 1: Adam's First Canal Carp
Weeks of toiling in the mosquito infested canal of Walnutport culminated in this massive golden bone. Story & more images here: Flawless Victory
A successful first trip to the Savage River in Western Maryland produced some gorgeous wild brown trout in a scenic setting. This was the prettiest. Story and images here: Savage
Beautiful Savage River Brown.
Option 3: Bonefish
As a birthday present for my brother, Stacy took Matt out to a remote island where wading the flats, he landed his first ever bonefish. Story and pictures here: Chasing Tail.
Bro's First Bonefish.
Option 4: Tarpon.
Out with a friend, Matt tied into a 80 pound tarpon that schooled him in the surf while evading a curious shark. Story and images here: Megalops Atlanticus
The first Tarpon: Deliverance
Epic Tarpon Battle From the Rocks.
Option 5: Salmon River Brown
As the rain began to fall, Adam tested out a tri-cluster egg sucking leech. The brown exploded off the bottom as the fly hit the water. Story and images here: Salmon River Revenge
More epic brown trout: Shooting Stars
Salmon River Brown on the Tri-Cluster Leech.
Option 6: Lago X Carp
My best day ever Carp fishing culminated in this brute that was slowly stalked and picked off some weed beds. A blistering run and my fly line disappeared into the middle of the lake. Story and images here: CARP!
Goliath Lago-X Carp.
Although these fish may not be the largest fish we caught all year, they certainly were some of the more memorable. As the new year approaches, new water and challenges await us that are sure to produce more memories and even more epic moments.