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Trout and Tarpon sighting at the Shoe

Went out on 6/23 about 30min after daybreak. Saw some decent trout action in the grass flats. Most were caught on live pinfish ranging from 14-20 inches. Threw some topwater when the floating grass permitted and hooked a few more trout and a handfull of jacks and blues (fun runs on the 10lb trout gear). I heard something large breach when I was on my platform only to see the remanence of disturbed water. A few minutes later two 40-60lb tarpon rolled 30yds off my bow. Threw a couple livies at them with no luck. I have been fishing this area for three years and this was my first tarpon encounter up here. Anybody ever tied into one out of the Shoe or Steinhatchee area? Sorry no pics spotty rain all morning.


  • RedbonzRedbonz Posts: 4,538 Captain
    Jumped them just about every where else...Tough to catch em on Trout gear...
    If it don't fit force it. If it breaks it needed replace anyways. :banghead
  • Jim311Jim311 Posts: 4,961 Captain
    Hoping to hook one of these suckers on the flats. I'm carrying a stout rod for them and cobia. Figure a 60LB leader and a Penn 5500SS might give me a fighting chance.
  • keypondkeypond Posts: 2,017 Captain
    I've been fishing there all my life. I ran into my first one there about five years ago in the summer. We see solo ones about every second or third trip. Some spots like the L-rack and areas South of the channel seem to attract them. The areas with the deep cuts near shallow flats.

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  • PONCEPONCE Posts: 5,946 Admiral
    Bonz and I had one out of the Wac.
  • smoothiesmoothie Posts: 117 Deckhand
    I had one blow up on some bait about 10 yards away at keaton 2 weeks ago in 3ft . I swear the thing looked me in the eyes. Early cool morning
  • troutman57troutman57 Posts: 3,691 Captain
    Sounds like great action....if you did hook that **** then what.......time to replace a skitterwalk....but it would be worth it.
    This place Rocks if yer a crabber
  • SlackerSlacker Posts: 1,819 Captain
    My dad used to hook them occasionaly on live shrimp out of Horseshoe about 25 years ago. They stripped the gears out of his Pfleuger supreme reals. They were direct drive.
  • Salty Dawg44Salty Dawg44 Posts: 1,399 Officer
    Even MORE fun at boatside!


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    but I will always respect your right to be wrong!
  • spearjunkyspearjunky Posts: 184 Deckhand
    lots out of ck but only place up there is up the stein river you can catch them
  • Jax-HatcheeJax-Hatchee Posts: 39 Deckhand
    There's a solid run of them in May/June in deep holes and channels around Steinhatchee, I jumped 3 last year in one day anchored up with some big pins under balloons. I decided to target them for a couple hours after jumping them routinely that time of year while trout fishing.
  • jperduejperdue Posts: 25 Greenhorn
    I have fished out of the shoe for quite some time. I have hooked a few poons while trout and red fishing but u know doesn't last long. Last week... prolly about the same time as this post I had one eat a pig fish off of number 2 marker. 2 years ago me and some friends were cobe fishing off the L rack and had pod after pod swim by us. Also a good buddy of mine was chasing them off the pepperfish channel on a falling tide. He said they only thing they would eat were live blue crabs. As far as going out to target poons out of horseshoe, I dunno, but like what the guy said in this post I have seen more around the deep natural channels. Off of shierd island, maybe a mile or 3 out, good area on a outgoing tide. Good luck!!

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