A late post, but it’s all good.
After I left Fort Meyers, I spent the remainder of my Florida vacation in Orlando. The hotel I stayed at had a big lake with kayak and 2 person pontoon rentals, but I only had 1 free day to do what I wanted while I was there.
I was able to take advantage of the lake, and rented a 2 person pontoon (I should have taken a picture of it, because, it was pretty damn cool). My girlfriend and I just cruised around the lake as I fished. I was able to hook up with some small largemouth bass tossing some bait fish patterns with my 5 wt. I was hoping to find some big Florida bass, but they didn’t want to come out and play.
|These swamp donkeys loved my bait fish patterns.|
After returning the pontoon, I fished from the pier. I was catching some more swamp donkeys, when I noticed something big cruising along the surface in the almost crystal clear water…it was a gar! (A Florida Gar to be exact.) I got excited, and made a perfect cast past the toothy fish….strip…strip…strip…across it’s face and I paused…that gar had a face full of fur, and it was GAME ON! It was an awesome fight and definitely pushed my 5 wt beyond what it’s used to. My one worry during the battle was my 9 lb tippet….it held. I was ecstatic! My first gar on the fly.
|There was no one around to take a picture, and this was the best I could do. *sad face*|
10 minutes after releasing the gar, I saw an even bigger one cruising. This one had about 1 foot and a few more pounds than the one I caught. Again, I made a perfect cast…strip…strip…strip…the gar turned and caught the back of the fly…strip…strip…strip…as the gar made a second attempt to demolish my fly, a huge bowfin came out of no where and went at the gar, scaring it off. My knees were shaking…this thing was big. The bowfin then took a look at my I gave it a few strips, and it followed…then it just slowly sank into the depths. Gasp.