Captain Greg Hood

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  1. Sanibel Island Fishing Well the cold fronts are moving in. Snook and Trout are out of season, but still a blast to catch. Just as I said in earlier reports. The best idea is to wait until the winds lay down and the sun comes out, for some awesome top water action. We did just that, this last week. I have never seen so many monster trout in one place. We landed some trout weighing 5lbs. One day we busted 17 trout 2 redfish and a 12lb. Snook. Catching big fish like that is really fun on top water. See ya on the water! Captain Greg Hood Tarpoons.com
  2. Sanibel Fishing August is just around the corner and I’m glad! July was Hot and sticky, and the fishing was slow. Normal weather patterns are starting to settle in. Rain and lower temperatures will soon be here with the coming of fall and football. I like the Miami Dolphins , but don’t get much time to see them play, because of my outdoor life. I’ll be hunting or fishing. This year I’m going to do a hunting report also, since most of my clients do both!! They like the way I tell stories. Fishing the next 2 months I will be looking for snook, redfish and trout. The ladyfish schools are here, and they make great bait. 2 days ago I was out and only had to wait a few minutes to get picked up by Sharks. We caught 6 sharks. Bull and Black tip. I do have a some time to tell a story! This last May while fishing for Tarpon, I had a client and his wife, I think Richard and Marie where their names. While drifting the pass with crabs, Richard gets hooked up with his 1<SUP>st</SUP> Poon. It was a big fish around 150 to 175 lbs. Like most of the fish in the pass this giant jumps 2 or 3 times and starts running for the gulf. As always there is chaos and screaming and yelling. Richard gets good control of the fish and we had flat water that evening, so the battle takes us offshore a few miles. An hour goes by and the tarpon is coming near the boat and makes a run for the prop to find a break off point. Ha! No such luck! I’ve played this game before. I lift the motor and take the rod from Richard to dip the rod under the boat and hand it back. Well the Tarpon decides to make a go of it again, this time Richard says he can do it. He runs down the side of the boat dips the rod and slips right into the water!! As he’s falling I scream “don’t let go of the rod“!!! Now he’s being dragged under by the fish and looking for something to grab by the engine. I yell, “hold up your hand” and he does it perfectly. I grab his wrist and as I’m pulling him up he hands me the rod with the fish still on and says “I can climb in just keep that fish”. Richard climbs in, I hand him back the rod with Tarpon attached. He looks at me with a big smile and say’s “Wow I’m not going to forget that”! I start laughing and his wife says “Shit, I had the video camera in my hand the whole time and didn’t turn it on“! Richard landed his Tarpon and got pictures. Captain Greg Hood
  3. Sanibel Fishing with Tarpoons.com Tarpon fishing around Sanibel the month of May is great!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p> Every year I have a trip where clients come for the first time and have the time of their lives.<o:p></o:p> This year they are Scott and Sally Lundgren and their friend Tim Bradley from PA.<o:p></o:p> They stayed at the Tarpon Lodge and fished with me 2 days.<o:p></o:p> I picked them up at 6:45 am both days after getting bait in the dark.<o:p></o:p> We drifted some white bait watching POONS roll all around with no hook ups and I decided that we should anchor on a flat near a ledge and pot holes where I normally see POONS roll.<o:p></o:p> We weren’t there very long before Scott jumped one. Always remember this one thing when Tarpon fishing, hand it the rod and don’t pull back!<o:p></o:p> Just let the fish run and jump. So on to fish # 2. After that lesson Tim got hooked up and then it’s Tarpon chaos! The fish this week have been big green monsters coming off the beach.<o:p></o:p> This second fish started peeling drag and I knew were going to be spooled if I didn’t grab the anchor and turn the key to chase it down.<o:p></o:p> I’m barking orders like a drill sargent, reel in the lines!, get the anchor!, how much line is left on the spool?! tighten that drag!, sit down!, get some line back!, bow to it when it jumps!.<o:p></o:p> This is TARPON CHAOS, baby!!<o:p></o:p> After a 37 minute battle we finally get the 150 lb’r to the boat for pictures.<o:p></o:p> Tim is now singing a country song that he went 37 mins on a Tarpon named POONMANCHOO!! I taught him the words.<o:p></o:p> We anchor up again and after a little bit Sally watches a big rod go down that has a catfish tail soaking in the bottom of a trench.<o:p></o:p> Whoom! Out comes this beast of a POON who shakes her head and spit’s the bait. I’ve seen a lot of Tarpon and this fish was over 200 lbs.<o:p></o:p> The middle of the day comes and with it, yet another big Tarpon!<o:p></o:p> This giant takes off and we are in Tarpon chaos again and everyone knows the drill. This fish is strong and jumps and runs for an hour, then the handle on the rod breaks and Scott looks at me and says, “ Now What? “.<o:p></o:p> I had another reel on board just like it so Tim and I went to work on getting the broken one off and replacing it with another. Meanwhile the giant is running away with the line and a storm is coming right at us. We get the handle replaced and now we have to deal with a bad storm and the wind is blowing, things are looking ugly, but the fish is almost whipped so we stick it out, boat the beast get the photos and run in the rain to Cabbage Key for safety, WOW!!<o:p></o:p> Day 2<o:p></o:p> Same program as Day 1 only Sally got a little to much sun so she slept in at the Tarpon Lodge.<o:p></o:p> Scott and Tim are ready for Tarpon chaos and so am I. We anchor up to drift some white baits and soak another catfish tail. We didn’t have to wait, the 5<SUP>th</SUP> fish eats a white bait and we’re off to the races. Tim puts the heat on the fish and we boat a 125 lb’r in 25 mins.<o:p></o:p> The 6<SUP>th</SUP> fish comes the same way only its Scott’s turn. He boats another 150 lb’r in 40 mins.<o:p></o:p> The 7<SUP>th</SUP> fish picks up a catfish tail. She is a BIG GIRL!! Tim’s got the rod and the fish starts heading for the Gulf of Mexico! She jumped and ran us around for 1 hour and 30 mins. The pictures are awesome. We boat this fish and lay anchor 1 more time.<o:p></o:p> The day is hot and were talking about the 2 days going 5 for 7 with the POONS. It’s all near the end when Scott’s rod goes off again!<o:p></o:p> #8 - Another Tarpon.<o:p></o:p> This fish is about 100 lbs. We boat it and get the photos and decide to head in before the rain to the Tarpon Lodge. <o:p></o:p> I enjoy watching others experience these beautiful silver kings.<o:p></o:p> We now call this group of Tarpon fishing anglers the Dream Team!<o:p></o:p> 6 for 8 Tarpon fishing is a great time!<o:p></o:p> See ya on the water.<o:p></o:p> Captain Greg Hood<o:p></o:p> 239 822 5698<o:p></o:p>