Fished a full day back in the everglades/flamingo area. We caught our mullet on the way around one of my now favorite ‘in tide’ spots. Set up in some channels early but didn’t have much luck there where they had been the last few days. So we ran closer to flamingo to try some areas there and within 10 minutes had a nice 60 lb tarpon on! Caught him plus a bull shark, had one more tarpon bite we missed then the tide quit and sun got bright. Did a few other things and tarpon fished again in the afternoon with the falling water. Had a fish on within 15 minutes again of about 70 lbs, chased and caught him. Still plenty of fish around.
Well went out this evening for an evening tarpon fishing trip with my guys from yesterday. Luck was with them again. It started off slow we tried a spot and got a couple sharks and sting rays, saw some tarpon roll but no bites. After a couple hours moved a mile or so away towards the other end of the channel and set up. Tarpon popped up in a few places so it looked good. Within 15 minutes we were hooked up. After the fish made his first jumped, another rod went off – another double header for the boys again! I told them that doesn’t happen very often and they had it twice in two trips. We caught both fish of about 40 and 60 lbs. About 15 miuntes later we jumped another fish off, and 15 minutes after that we hooked another fish this time a decent sized fish of 85 lbs or so. Had to chase him through the bridge to the ocean, but landed him as well. 3 outta 4 is pretty good fishing especially before sunset this time of year.
Well we did it again.. caught the mullet good on our way to the backcountry. Set up early for some more tarpon fishing. Had to wait on the tide a bit, but had a big cuda early that almost jumped in the boat, a bonnethead shark, and then double header tarpon! Two fish of about 60 lbs ate at the same time. We managed to get both to the boat! Not an easy thing to do with fish that size. After that we fished a bit more and had one more pickup and drop the bait, but it was all over again by 10:00 or so. Have an evening tarpon trip tomorrow with the same guys and have some leftover mullet and crabs so we will give the local fish nearby a try.
Well despite the west winds from colliding frontal boundaries we were able to get on the tarpon once again today. Not a red hot bite but we made the most of the 2 bites we got – a nice 40 lb fish and another 100 lb fish (not pictured). Mullet were not real easy we got in the backcountry a little later than usual, but with one throw after some idling around we were able to catch a dozen or so which served us well. Once again the bite was early and by 10:00 or so it was done with.
Young nate the great (10 years old) and his dad were with me today. We fished a 3/4 day. We caught mullet first thing on the way to the backcountry. The channels were holding heavy with smaller tarpon again. Many jump-offs but we did nail a few. Nate caught a 10 lber and then at the end caught a 70 lber! We caught those 2 fish out of about 6 bites, it was all over by 10:00. Way to go! We also had plenty of sharks and finished the day with about 15 snook. The ticket lately has been fishing early morning falling tide, it is good until 10 or so, and then the afternoon incoming tide has been good too. Of course this will change a little every day!