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Spring fishing has been Awesome!

Well tapatalk finally changed that crazy format so I can get on the forum from my phone with all my pic.s. Tarpon showed thick this year and were hungry as they passed. I got more bites on artificials such as DOA shrimp and Bait busters. My favorite new rod for chucking arties a long way with plenty of backbone to land 200# Tarpon is the PENN Battalion 20/50 rating for braid coupled with a 4000 spinfisher spooled with 40# braid and 8' long 50# flourocarbon leader. This set up also works for Big Snook and light enough to throw comfortably. Lately the Tarpon have been a bit more picky and small threads and pilchards on a 5/o circle hook under a cork or freelined has been getting the bites a bit more than arties but I always try both arties and live to see wich is working best that day and to keep from getting too bored waiting for a bite. ill usually ancgor up with a buoy on my line to throw overboard so I can chase the fish and force the fight to end the battle as early as possible. There have been a few crazy strong fish this year that put up epic battles. fe29528ec45ee251aecc2414737f9610.jpg635e13ffc921dfcb36970b225ee02b10.jpgbe7f32e2bdf55a0ea6b516869fdbef46.jpg802e8023e0e465a0c246cac4c6999b10.jpg95a76625c9008d15aa7a95d8b6880284.jpg
Snook lately have been really strong with alot of very nice fish though most really big ones are lost. Bait has been around and not too tough to net so thats been the bait of choice threads and pilchards with no need to chum up any fish cause theyre already feeding on schools of smaller baits where ive been deciding to fish and ive had a few trips this month where we sit in one spot catching fish the whole for three hours. I havent been doing anything too complicated just finding spots with feeding fish and fish that spot. 84a60ed53c5704386b3dd699c35d674a.jpg78d00fcc4624df0165e3a154bab48602.jpg0f77d69dca7e4bd7d478f261fe459a28.jpgb7c1cbd314fbb6c7ffd7afe0ae22713a.jpgc3684656ab8c28ed8dd5bbb954108622.jpg3d0e00d20ae6ca05809b575ed53fee83.jpg89596e2cd1d0f8314056a720752672f2.jpga3992ed7a3154434cd393a7f8ba3f549.jpgI also had a few trips taking ppl out on their offshore boats showing them how to use their electronics, read charts and rigs for specific species and had some very good days156f2f73ff42b9374521804bec36bcd2.jpg658816fbab0be2b84fc896fd555b78d3.jpg4b207ffea7a69b8abfe2a484d260b78f.jpghere is one cool pic where the dude jumped out of the boat to get his fish from a tree, yep just a nice relaxing family fishing trip lol1ccd0d8116e12762952c85db35dcac89.jpg4f18326aceed6443a62d2cf7b484fc2f.jpgwell im digging through a thousand pics not so easy so ill be trying to keep up on reports. Tear em up!
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  • charlemagnecharlemagne Posts: 191 Officer
    awesome job Joe! Keep up the reports! I will be getting my two oldest boys out there this Friday.. hope to see you out there!

  • Red-ManRed-Man Posts: 331 Deckhand
    Nice work Joe. Thanks for the report.

    Sent from my LGLK430 using Tapatalk
  • Turner River TerrorTurner River Terror Posts: 12,248 AG
    Good Job !!
    I"ve been wearing out the Reds , Flounder and a couple Snook east of you. Lot's of bait Inside. Finger mullet are good but White Bait is small for the most part.
    Saw several Monster Tarpon off Camp Key last weekend crusing fast South. I don't fish for them and didn't make a cast.They looked like Submarines .
    Good Reds and such on all the fronts with downed Timber and a little current.
    Killin and Grillin :grin
  • Joe SnookJoe Snook Posts: 468 Deckhand
    Turner ive heard similar reports from friends that fish down that way ive been looking forward to headn down as soon as I get another chance to do some fishing for fun. Thanks for the insight man
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  • mtbrider85mtbrider85 Posts: 341 Deckhand
    Glad the bites been good for ya Joe. I haven't made it down that way since you helped me with those back country tracks in January... it sounds like i should be getting down there and test them out soon!
  • snookaffinitysnookaffinity Posts: 1,303 Officer
    Good job Joe. Good to see you posting again. I agree this Spring has been awesome.
    "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." - Mark Twain
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