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    Default Looking for advice... (St. John USVI)

    Hello All,

    I am new to the forum and new to saltwater angling. I am fortunate enough to be traveling to St. John USVI in the coming weeks and will be bringing my 8 weight rod to chase bonefish and tarpon in the flats. Any information on where to fish, what to throw, and general salt water fishing tips would be appreciated. To be honest, I'm a trout guy who spends most of my time chasing native brook trout in the mountatins of West Virginia and Virginia. I know some of you will say, "you need to get a guide on day one" and I understand the reasoning but financially it's not plausible right now. My plan is to use intermediate line paired with a 9 ft. 14lb saltwater leader, and use 0x tippet if I need extra length. My buddy who ties flies suggested chartreuse over white clousers in size 2 and 8. He also suggested tan gotchas in size 4 and 8. Below are some other questions I have:

    1. When looking for fish, will I see tails rolling or just shadows?
    2. I am curious on how often to move spots in the flats? My wife will be hanging at the beach so I will need to stay in the same general area for a little while so she doesnt have to constantly change beaches.
    3. Will an 8wt be enough rod? I know Tarpon can get large but I've seen some folks say that any tarpon I see will be juvenile.

    Thank you for any information!


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    Default Re: Looking for advice... (St. John USVI)


    With so many questions, My 2 cents would be hire a guide for the day, until you understand what your suppose to do and look for? CB

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    Default Re: Looking for advice... (St. John USVI)


    For fishing the flats for bonefish, it's better to use a floating line, 8 weight line is ok, 9' to 11' leader lengh (tippet included) is fine, 12lbs to 20lbs tippet is good also.
    Tan gotchas for bonefish in size 6 to 4 and in different weight is what you need, some crab flies, some weightless flies and some flies with weed guard also.

    When you look for bonefish (or tarpon) on flats, you try to see the fish first, you look also for tail, for "nervous" water and also for the noise than a bonefish can do when on tailing.

    On Flats, depend the tide, the wind ,the deep on the flats etc....., so it's very difficult to answer something correctly but take a look near the cuts (the deeper chanels on the flats).

    8 weight rod is good for juvenile Tarpon but you have to use 1' shock leader in 40 or 50 lbs if you went play a little bit with this small devils.

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