There's no better way
to spend a day then to be standing on our 'Bolo Flatitude'
boat in the pursuit and hunt of back water fish like Tarpon
and Snook. Captain George Disbury can take you out on the waterways
and canals around the Hillsboro Inlet and elsewhere for a
novel and exciting experience of Fly fishing or Spin Casting.
The waterways are filled with a surprising range of fish to
challenge experienced fishermen and novices alike. A four
hour trip that includes bait, rods, and licenses for up to
two anglers is only $275.
'Bolo Flatitude' is an 18ft fully customized flats boat
ideal for getting you closer to the holes where the fish
'Bolo Flatitude' is moored at the Hillsboro Marina, is
located between Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, South Florida
offering some of the best fishing in the world!
You'll find 'Bolo Flatitude' by the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge,
Pompano Beach, Florida. She is just 15 minutes from Fort
Lauderdale & Boca Raton, 30 minutes from Palm Beach, an
hour from Miami and two and a half hours from Orlando. So
come aboard, the experience of a lifetime is waiting for
Tarpon rule the night
Angler's first encounter an enlightening experience.
Pompano Beach – The best thing about fishing
for tarpon at night around Hillsboro Inlet is the quiet.
Most other inlets that attract tarpon and tarpon anglers
are bustling with activity as everything from pleasure boats
and tug boats to cruise ships and container ships come and
go all night.
At Hillsboro Inlet you might encounter some recreational
swordfish anglers coming back from an outing or a few go-fast
boats idling in the Intracoastal Waterway, but the most
traffic you'll see is on the State Road A1A bridge that
spans the inlet.
"My favorite time to come out here is at night,"
Capt. Jason Riddell said.
Spending nights on the water fishing for tarpon is a lot
different than Riddell's day job working on the busy Serenity
tour boat for a Pompano Beach timeshare resort. Although
Riddell enjoys showing visitors the impressive sights of
the South Florida waterfront, he has even more fun giving
an angler an up-close-and-personal look at the fish known
as the silver king.
On a recent cool and breezy night, the angler was Bob Carr
of Clinton, N.C., who had come to South Florida for a pharmaceutical
conference and had his heart set on hooking a tarpon after
the three-day conference ended.
Riddell met Carr in Pompano and welcomed him aboard a flats
boat that is owned by the owner of the Bolo charter
boat, which fishes out of Hillsboro Inlet Marina.
While waiting for the tide to get right for tarpon, Riddell
took Carr to some spots he'd found several years ago. Back
then he ran fishing charters on one of the Serenity
sportfishing boats. Keith Bonnafe, who now runs Bolo,
was a mate on the other Serenity charter boat, which
was skippered by Capt. Casey Hunt.
"After fishing offshore, Keith and I would come here
at night and fish for snook and tarpon," said Riddell
as Carr cast live shrimp around a bridge. "We both
had small boats. We'd go out and fish all day on Serenity,
get the boat cleaned up and we'd both hit the small canals
Riddell had come to South Florida from Michigan in 1994.
After 10 years, he and his wife moved back to Michigan for
"I fished for steelhead and salmon," Riddell said,
"but I missed snook and tarpon and my family."
Since returning last year, Riddell has found that his spots
and his tactics are still productive.
After catching some small mangrove snapper by the bridge,
Riddell said it was time to go for tarpon near Hillsboro
His first stop was at the marina, where he got out of the
skiff, went over to Bolo and came back with a bunch
of dead goggle-eyes that Bonnafe had left for him.
As Riddell explained, the tarpon around the marina are used
to eating scraps of fish tossed in the water after the charter
dock's captains and mates clean the day's catch. The tarpon
also eat the dead bait that gets tossed from a boat's livewell.
"Tarpon are scavengers," he said. "People
say you've got to throw a fly at them, but tarpon will eat
a small snapper or a goggle-eye on the bottom quicker than
Riddell butterflied a dead goggle-eye, removing its tail
and slicing along both sides of the bait's backbone. That
increased the amount of scent produced by the little baitfish
and also gave the fish's sides some motion in the current.
He hooked the bait on a 2/0 J-hook, which was tied to a
piece of 30-pound Momoi fluorocarbon leader. Riddell put
a three-quarter-ounce egg sinker above the swivel attached
to the leader, cast the rig not far from the marina and
put the spinning rod, which was spooled with 12-pound Momoi
Illusion monofilament, in a rod-holder. Then he gave Carr
another spinning rod baited with a live shrimp to cast into
It didn't take long for something to pick up the goggle-eye.
Riddell grabbed the rod, but before he could do anything,
a tarpon jumped out of the water and spit the hook.
After that, Carr was ready when he saw the spinning rod
twitch a few minutes later. He took it out of the rod-holder
and, with Riddell coaching him, reeled the line tight and
set the hook.
The tarpon jumped several times, but Carr kept the fish
from landing on the leader and breaking off. Then the tarpon
went deep and tested Carr's fish-fighting ability as well
as Riddell's boat-driving skills.
"If after the first two jumps they're still hooked,"
Riddell said, "then they're hooked pretty good."
That was of little comfort to Carr as he struggled to keep
the tarpon from breaking the line on the marina's pilings.
Then the fish traveled all around the basin leading to the
inlet and at one point ran under the boat, which made for
some tense moments as Carr stuck the fishing rod in the
water to keep the line from rubbing on the hull.
Riddell was able to spin the boat so the line was no longer
under it, then he motored away so Carr could fight the fish
in relatively open water. The tarpon made one last run toward
a private dock, but Riddell put his boat between the fish
and the dock to end that threat.
Finally, after 25 minutes, Carr had the tarpon at the side
of the boat. Riddell carefully held the leader and went
to clip his Boga-Grip to the tarpon's mouth, but the fish
suddenly surged, popped the leader and swam away.
That was followed by some high-fives between the captain
and the angler for Carr's first tarpon and a memorable fishing
trip on an otherwise quiet night.
For information on fishing with Capt. Jason Riddell,
call him at 954-270-8882 or call Bolo at 754-234-4588.
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Hillsboro Inlet Sportfishing
2705 North Riverside Drive
Pompano Beach, Florida 33062