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Summer time tarpon in Islamorada
« on: August 07, 2013, 07:02:11 PM »
Summer time is officially here in the Florida Keys.  Summer time tarpon are here too.  Those are more of the resident fish that can be found in the backcountry and around Islamorada that are often smaller in size but just as fun to catch.  We've been finding lots of mullet in the backcountry and getting those early in the morning then fishing the channels and bays.  We went 8 for 14 the last two days, most fish are in the 30 to 60 lb range though we did finish the day today with a 100 lber locally around Islamorada.  In the backcountry they've been biting on the in and out tides, morning or afternoon - sometimes both!  In the bays trout and snapper are in good supply though the mangroves should be moving offshore soon to spawn.  Snook can be found throughout the cape and flamingo areas, and most the redfish this time of year are up in the super skinny water, so make sure you bring your shallow draft boat for them!  With the winds that have been blowing I haven't been out in the gulf much though that is often a good bet this time of year for permit.

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Re: Summer time tarpon in Islamorada
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2013, 09:41:41 PM »
In 1986 I moved to Ft. Lauderdale to work for Black Fin Yachts and designed their 36' line.  There was a canal there in Port Everglades with a warm water discharge  (if I remember correctly it was from a power plant) and was loaded with jumbo tarpon all winter long. I used to catch a 6-7 foot tarpon almost every day from shore at lunch there. I would snag mullet with a treble hook, let it swim and be hooked up within minutes. By the end of the season I had a board mounted by my locker in the shop with over 100 scales on it. I took one scale from each tarpon I caught and glued it to the board.
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Re: Summer time tarpon in Islamorada
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2013, 09:51:10 AM »
Not a bad way to spend your lunch break  ;D
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