Report for March 16th
Awesome morning! Got up early, 5 am to go hunt down some large Snuuuuuke. I had lost 2 the day before and was anxious to get back to the scene of the crime. First stop nobody was home, second stop nada,. I was getting ready to leave and go look for Tarpon, but I made 1 more cast up on a oyster bar that I never fish because of the ripping tide and the shallowness of the water it is easy to get hung up, when WHAM, I get crushed by a beast that drags my skiff up high and dry onto the bar! Out of the skiff to try and turn the fish who was rippin' line of my reel that was in beast mode to begin with, I finally turn the fish and keep it out the mangroves and get it close to me and turn my light and WOW! Two hands into the maw of the snook and into the skiff. The fish taped out at 43" and with the girth measurement it calculated to 28.43 lbs. Thank you Lord! Gonna be tough to beat that one now. Century Inshore IsI 845 amazes me with its power on these big Snook!
Report for April 6th
Great morning! Jumped an estimated 110 lb. Tarpon this morning right after sunrise. Fought it for an estimated 15 minutes and released her to fight another day. The poon fell for a 10" Hogy original in the bone color. Hopefully these water temps stay up and we can get on a roll with these tarpon!
Report for April 11th
Jumped a "little guy " this morning around 75 lbs., I couldn't keep him buttoned up! No more cold fronts!.
Report for April 14th
Got out in the afternoon with Matt Jenkins, a New Jersey "Sharpie" in the surf up there and also an accomplished fisherman all around. We went deep into the backcountry and caught snook,reds and trout. We also spooked out a nice school of upper slot and above redfish when I poled around a corner, but we were so close to them and the high winds pushed us into them before we could get a good shot at them! Very cool sight to see!
Report for April 18th
Took out Jim Wilhoite from Atlanta Ga. in post cold front conditions not expecting too much, Jim managed to get on the snook pretty good when we found some tide putting around 10 in the boat, including this 28"er. Good time and the man can fish!
Report for April 23rd
Got out with Greg Fritz from Illinois today. We went looking for Tarpon pre dawn, saw 1 or2 rolls but nobody wanted to play! We headed to the backcountry to hunt down some Snook and Redfish.Greg did a great job putting some Redfish Trout and Jacks into the East Cape Fury today !
Report for April 24th
There here! I think. Fun morning for us, I had Mark LaMoth from Illinois out with me on his first Tarpon hunt. Our first spot came up empty, but spot number two was loaded with rolling and free jumping poon! Within ten minutes Mark is hooked up to an estimated 140 lb. Tarpon and realizes this is no 2lb. crappie! He did a great job and after about 6 jumps and 25 minutes we had the fish to the boat and released safely to fight another day! White 10" original Hogy did the job again, the bait boys had a front row seat! Way to go Mark! He went 1 for 2 on jumped Tarpon.
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Report for June 21
Got out with Willie Poole from South Carolina bright and early on the hunt to cross one off his bucket list,Tarpon! We found a few fish rolling and marked some large poon but they would not eat. After dodging the rain we headed into the backcountry and Willie put Snook,Trout and Mangrove Snapper into the East Cape Fury.Had alot of fun with Willie. he loved the backcountry! Next time we get that Tarpon !
Report for June 29th
Was out before the sun got up scouting for my summer Tarpon. They have been slow setting up in the backcountry after the spawn. I have been seeing a few more each morning but have had no takers, till this morning! i jumped two and landed one about 115lbs. These next three months should be prime for these poon. These fish do not see too much pressure and only get hassled by me. These fish are full grown and can be caught using Hogy lures. Give me a call and get in on some awesome action!
Report for July 2
Out this morning looking for Tarpon this morning and found more fish than I have seen so far this summer! It looks like the Kids are back for a few months! I caught and released a fish around 110 lbs on a white 10" Hogy Original. The poon jumped around 6 times. Fish were rolling over on the flats so I got the fly rod out, had a few good shots but no takers.
Report for July 9th
I had out Steve and Lori Sanders and their son Chase from Tennessee for an early morning Tarpon and backcountry trip. We started at a spot where I had caught and released a 100 lb. fish and had a lot of rollers the day before, this morning they did not show, all but one roller which did not want to play. We then headed into the backcountry and had a bit of action with mangrove snappers and bonnethead sharks. The highlight of the trip were the six manatees who hung by the boat for about 15 minutes Lori got some good video of them and also the large bull shark. I had a fun time with the Sanders and hope to get out with them again soon!
Report for July 14th
I did some scouting this morning with Glen Browell, we found the Tarpon. We got one to the boat estimated at around 127 lb. We taped the fish out at a 44" girth and a length of 66". White hogy lures and an East Cape Fury got it done! Call and book a trip, these are adult big boy Tarpon.
Report for July 30th and 31st
I had a charter with Dennis and Cindi Saffell and their two sons Sean and Eric from Colorado. They are a flyfishing family and wanted to catch their first Tarpon on Fly, We got to the spot and after a little while the poon started to roll. Dennis had a few good looks at a couple but could not hook up. meanwhile Eric was working the black 10" Hogy when he gets crushed and up into the air it goes, needless to say they were shocked at the size of the fish. The big fish then jumps again and spits the lure. What a thrill! Cindi had a nice eat right at the boat, but could not drive the hook home and Eric had one more eat with the same result. We managed to get a few small snook and called it a day. The next day we saw fewer tarpon, but Dennis caught two Trout on Fly and the boys managed a few catfish. Great family and a fun time. Tarpon are in their future.
Report for August 13th
Went out with Chris Carr and his father in law Dave who are from Manchester England early to hunt down Snook and Tarpon. We got to our first spot with Chris throwing Zman Scented Paddlers and Dave fishing live pinfish, didn't take long and Dave was into Jacks and Snappers with Chris battling Good size Snook, Unfortunately Both large Snook eluded Chris but he did score some smaller ones, I would of like to have seen the two that got away! We headed south as the sky started to lighten up to look for Tarpon, but as we set up and spotted a few we got chased back to the house by the lightening, after about 20 minutes we got back out to find birds working over breaking fish, we stayed on this blitz for a couple of hours and Chris and Dave wore out the Trout,Jacks and Ladyfish! They probably caught close to 40 fish! Hope to get out again next year with them when they get back to get them that Tarpon.
Report for August 15th
I had the pleasure of fishing with Doug Madden from Illinois yesterday and today. Doug wanted to catch his first Snook and Tarpon. We got out early both days and he caught 6 Snook along with a bunch of Jacks and Ladyfish. On day 1 he a had 2 eats from Tarpon but could not get a hook into them. Today he jumped 1 and the large poon spit the hook on the 2nd jump, he will land one of these fish!
Report for September 1st
I got out with Chris Sappenfield from Orlando, an excellent angler who was after some of the large snook we have been getting and also his first Tarpon. We got an early start at 5:30 but had no tide which the big snook last week were loving.He got a few little guys, one which a shark had for breakfast. he also caught a big jack. off to the Tarpon grounds where Chris was hooked up right at first light to an estimated 90 lb.er. after about 6 jumps and a 15 minute fight the fish was released to fight another day, great job Chris! These Tarpon will be here until sometime in October. Give me a call!
Report for November 24th I Spent the morning out with Hugo Rodriguez and his son in law Kraig Finger along with his 10 year old son Kolton.Our goal was to put Kraig and his son Kolton on some nice snook and redfish. Well the bigger fish eluded us but we made up for it with a lot of smaller fish as we worked over a couple of oyster bars and a few mangrove shorelines. Kolton loves to fish, and he picked up the hang of our south florida fishing very quickly. Between he and his dad they must have caught close to 50 fish with most being Mangrove Snappers along with small Snook,Redfish.Jacks and Ladyfish. Kolton got to see and cast to some large Snook, but we could not get them to eat! Had alot of fun with them and looking forward to fishing with them again!
Report for November 25th
Today, I had the chance to fish with Mark Horgan and his son Conner from Boston who were visitng our area for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We got a late start due to some fog and had a hard time with the bite until the the tide turned, once it did turn the fish started to chew and the wind started to blow in front of the cold front. We headed to the backcountry to get out of the wind and found a sweet spot that the fish liked as well. Conner and Mark put a hurtin on a good number of Mangrove Snapper, little Snook and Redfish. Conner also caught a Grouper. I might get a chance latter in the week to fish with Conner again as his brother Mark Jr. is coming down to join the family, a little brotherly competition perhaps?