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Tarpon fishing Boca Pass

I was fishing for a week mid June, along Boca/south end of the Harbor area.  Was my first time seeing the Tarpon schools in the pass.  Watched multiple boats hook up, and break off I assume.  Didn't see any land one next to their boat.

Question, what were these guys using for bait?  Crabs?  Pinfish?  How deep were they dropping there bait down?
Markk from Mi

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  • Kayak_PeteKayak_Pete Posts: 184 Deckhand
    crazy said:
    ...... How deep were they dropping there bait down?
    My guide guards this info like Ft Knox.

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  • crazycrazy Posts: 27 Deckhand
    crazy said:
    ...... How deep were they dropping there bait down?
    My guide guards this info like Ft Knox.


    ya, I figure I might get some responses like this. 
    Markk from Mi
  • joekat46joekat46 North PortPosts: 2,745 Captain
    Guides from all over the state monopolize Boca through tarpon season.  I live close enough to be able to fish it daily but write it off.  Buy the $5 each crabs and fish the beaches between Boca and Casey Key.  Save you blood pressure spikes.  
  • ScoutboatScoutboat Posts: 2,543 Captain
    Isn't Casey Key up by Sarasota??
  • joekat46joekat46 North PortPosts: 2,745 Captain
    edited August 24 #6
    Scoutboat said:
    Isn't Casey Key up by Sarasota??
    Venice.  Point is Imo fishing the beach tarpon much more enjoyable than fighting the Pass crowds.
  • AlwaysLearningMoreAlwaysLearningMore Posts: 195 Deckhand
    Baits could have been crabs, squirrelfish, threadfins, jumbo shrimp or a few others.  They might have been freelining up shallow or even bobber fishing, or bombing 60 feet down depending on what the fish were doing, which varies with time of day, bait flush, tide, and other stuff that no one can figure out.
  • TarponatorTarponator Under a BridgePosts: 18,053 AG
    edited August 24 #8
    AlwaysLearningMore nailed it.

    If they are dropping down, they are likely fishing a few cranks off the bottom, a bottom that varies greatly by the topology of the pass.



    That's where a good fish finder combined with experience tells you how deep to fish without getting snagged while keeping the bait in the strike zone and the boat properly positioned -- that is to say it's not easy but it is definitely doable.

    You might consider hiring one of the local guides -- it will be the best investment in how to fish the pass that you'll ever make, IMO.

    Good luck.
  • DodgerDodger Ft MyersPosts: 223 Deckhand
    joekat46 said:
    Guides from all over the state monopolize Boca through tarpon season.  I live close enough to be able to fish it daily but write it off.  Buy the $5 each crabs and fish the beaches between Boca and Casey Key.  Save you blood pressure spikes.  
    Approx. how big is a $5 crab?  Just curious.  Thanks!
  • TarponatorTarponator Under a BridgePosts: 18,053 AG
    edited August 24 #10
    About 2" across.

    The good news is you can catch them yourselves on the big outgoing tides in the afternoon a few days either side of the full and new moon.   All you need is a long handled minnow net as the crabs will be right on the surface riding the tide out.
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