Giant red tailHEader

Fishing License

  • Louisiana: If you are coming from out-of-state, please make arrangements to obtain a 3-day non-resident license (Code 79) before you arrive. It costs $8.00, and can be purchased by calling toll free: 1-888-765-2602 (operators standing by 24/7; Visa or M/C only). You will receive a confirmation number, please make sure you bring it along with you on the trip.You can also purchase the license online by going to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ website. Either way, you will need to supply my name and license number: Capt. Gregg Arnold: LDWF#411993561, in order to purchase the license.
  • Florida: A fishing license is not required for tarpon fishing, but a tarpon tag is now required to raise the fish out of the water for a photo. The Wildlife Guys in Florida consider lifting a tarpon from the water “harvesting the fish”, which requires a special tag. Sort of like raising a girl’s skirt – it’s going to cost you! In this case, the tag is $51.00 per tag.

Equipment ( I supply all equipment, but for those who choose to fish their gear):

  • Rods: 7-8-9-10wt rods will all work
  • Reels: Salt water reels with a drag
  • Fly Line: Weight Forward floating
  • Leaders: IGFA class 4-8 & 20 Lb hand-tied leaders
  • Flies: Crab and shrimp patterns-I like gold and purple, white & purple, black & purple, chartreuse & purple, purple & red, blue & purple and purple


  • Fishing Slacks/Shorts
  • Silk weight underwear
  • Long-sleeved shirts for fishing (SPF30+)
  • Fleece jacket
  • Rain jacket with rain pants, and gloves
  • Non-slip boat shoes
  • Fishing Hat for sun and rain protection

Fishing Accessories

  • Polarized sun glasses in copper or yellow. Can’t catch ‘em if you don’t see ‘em
  • Waterproof boat bag
  • Glasses cleaner
  • Insect repellent – sun screen combo
  • Lip protection


  • Camera with flash
  • Fresh batteries, extra batteries, charger
  • Make sure you have a wide angle lens for those monster fish!
  • Medications you may require.
  • Joke for the Captain
  • Any dietary restrictions/food allergies for anyone in your party