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Created On: 06/07/2022 04:04 AM
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 06/07/2022 04:04 AM
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jdbman

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My grandson Owen has caught fishing fever. He calls me up and says: " Hey Pops I want to catch a tarpon" Easier said then done. I get my Mako 171 prepped and ready. ( I replaced the trailer lights) Out of the ramp in Bokellia at odark thirty. Out through Shell Cut, head across to Bull Bay. Dead flat calm. A large school of greenies appears. I sabiki up a large baitwell full.

Motor out to Boca Grande pass. Its just a little past the peak of the season. Still plenty of boats out. We get in the drift. They are on the surface and on the bottom. I give Owen a Terramar rod with a Stradic 5000, 40 # braid and 40# fluorocarbon leader. Palm size, very healthy greenie, back hooked.

Around 20 minutes of drifting and resetting. We got 2 hits, I presume sharks . After about an hour, Owen gets a substantial hit. I fire up the boat and start maneuvering. He gets a jump and the hook comes out.....fuck. Rebait, back in the drift. No action. I decide to motor on the ocean side down to Captiva. Re rig with a DOA bait buster. Looking to sight cast if we see any along the way. Just off Caya Costa about a mile from Captiva pass I see the action on the surface. Owen gets up on the deck and he starts throwing at a school .

Not able to get a hook up. Undaunted we head to Captiva pass. Put the 5 O circle hook and stab a greenie. We again see them. However after an hour, no hook ups. Its around 1030 am. Owen says: "Cheeseburger in Paradise time." Head over to Cabbage Key. Great lunch.

Next its off to the Bokellia bar. Start throwing topwaters. Water has got lots of crappy weeds. We get 2 bluefish and 2 small trout. Enough. Driving home I hit a large downpour. Car wash and boat wash.

Tarpon continue to be elusive for me. However, Owen's last words to me were: when are we going again?

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 06/08/2022 07:41 AM
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RustyTruck

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Sounds like a good time

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 07/09/2022 03:26 PM
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surfsail

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About 15 years ago went to Keys for vaca around July 4th with a friend who had a boat. Took wife with us and went fishing off the west (?) end of the bridge (pretty close to Robbie's in Islamorada) and in minutes had a good sized one on the line..

Wifey had a blast.. First 'real fish' catch..

Only found out after that they feed the tarpon at Robbies.. 'Like shooting fish in barrel'... just saying...

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