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So Close... but Yet So Far! Almost Slam on the Myakka...

Hit the water at first light this morning. Last of the outgoing tide, temp about 60 or so outside, light breeze just ruffling the water.  Got my coffee and loaded the boat up. With everything stowed, I headed out past the entrance channel of the marina, and immediately shut down the engine and put the trolling motor down.  Along the mangrove bank as I was setting up I saw the first of quite a few blow ups right along the shore.  Third cast, my lure got popped next to the shore, and was hit again several times before I hooked up.  Fish immediately started digging and I knew immediately that it was a red. First one on topwater in quite a while...  about 18 or 19 inches, but I didn't spend much time except for a quick pic.  Continuing down the bank I had several other good strikes, but was not able to connect.  After fishing this stretch of bank, I pulled the trolling motor and moved across the river to another run that has been productive in the past.  A hundred feet later and I got my snook skunk off the boat.  Hmmmm, been out less than an hour with a Red and a Snook in the boat... and I knew where there were some baby tarpon hanging.  I pulled the trolling motor again and headed down the river.  Sure enough, dozens of tarpon were rolling.  Five minutes later I had one airborne and watched as the lure went the other direction... dang... that was over before it even started. Continuing to cast, but no move definite tarpon taking the lure. I tried a few different options from the tackle box, but not much in the way of interest. Now that it was getting toward 9am and just as I thought, they pretty much shut down. I had a couple other hits, and caught one ladyfish, but that was it. Back home by late morning.  Ended the day with one red, one snook, and one fake tarpon... lol.  Going to hit it tomorrow again, but will start with the tarpon first...
Gypsies Call
Sea Chaser 200 Flats Series
Old Town Predator Kayak


  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 13,472 AG
    Well done.  Nice report.  Thanks.
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • Gypsies CallGypsies Call Posts: 265 Deckhand
    Took a couple friends out this morning early.  Not much to show for our efforts... but on the plus side, I did jump three more tarpon.  Two threw the lure immediately, and the third was lost at the boat. Also lost a small snook at the boat too.  It is a blast hooking the tarpon.  One of these days I will land one... gotta keep trying anyhow!
    Gypsies Call
    SWO LCDR, USN-Retired
    Sea Chaser 200 Flats Series
    Old Town Predator Kayak
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