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Plenty of Tarpon Action - Miami Beach, Florida

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John Pazienza, Don Puglisi, John Weber, and Mike Parker from thePompano Beach Offshore Anglers Club combined for 1 out of 2 amberjacks and a 19pound blackfin tuna.<o:p></o:p>

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Mark Bryant and Susan Carson caught a kingfish and went 1 for 2 ontarpon.<o:p></o:p>

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Rob Leva, Ron Plante, and Steve Cassidy saw plenty of action duringtheir evening tarpon trip. The tarponhad vengeance on their minds as they decided to just give us a few moments ofthrills before throwing the hook on their first or second jumps. By the end of the trip, we were 1 for 4 ontarpon and a red grouper.<o:p></o:p>

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Kyle Snyder and John Whitesides caught a mixed bag of blackfin tuna,kingfish, bonito, and remora. We alsohad a sailfish on for several minutes before it worn throw the leader and releaseditself.<o:p></o:p>

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Zac Grossman and Harry Sharp had one whale of an evening of tarpon fishing. The action started almost immediately and continuedon throughout the entire trip. Harrycaught his first tarpon and added several more before the end of the trip. During one drift, we hooked up a double andboth fish were landed and released. Allthe fish were caught using light spinning gear. Harry’s new spinning outfit got a good workout with a couple offish. Final count for the evening was 4for 5.<o:p></o:p>

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Tim Singler, Zach Seip, and John Jones saw plenty of tarponaction. The first fish took us for a longride before we released the tarpon. Fromthere, the tarpon evened the score with us as the next three fish gave us ourhook back. Final count was 1 for 4.<o:p></o:p>

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Mark Camba, John Chan, Pete Aree, and Richard Nguyen had to wait tillthe very last drift of the evening to get their shot at a tarpon. The tarpon was off to the races with us inhot pursuit as the fish made its mad dash for the deep water of the mainchannel. Once in the channel, the fishfought deep before coming to the surface and giving us a beautiful jump. It then ran back down and the tug of warcontinued. We finally released the fishgiving us a final count of 1 for 1 and a red grouper.<o:p></o:p>

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The Ramirez family originally had an offshore trip planned. The windy weather on that day had themchanging their minds about the offshore and switching to a tarpon trip so wecould fish in calmer water. They wouldnot be disappointed. Eloy and his sonColin were the featured anglers. Thingsgot very exciting when we hooked up with the first fish. It took Eloy by surprise when he saw the tarponmake an 8 foot high jump. On the secondjump, the hook was thrown. The next fishhooked up solid and was released. Carrieand her daughter Shelby decided they did not want to fight a tarpon afterwatching the events of the first and second tarpon. We caught one more tarpon before the eveningended and both Eloy and Colin had caught and released their first tarpon. Final count was 2 for 3.<o:p></o:p>

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Knot Nancy then went in for a new set of engines. The new twin 150 HP Yamaha 4 strokes engineswere installed by Bob Hewes Boats. Next,the boat went to Whitewater Boats for some modifications and upgrades. The next evening after putting some break inhours on the motors it was time to get back to tarpon fishing.<o:p></o:p>

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Chester Herman and Justin Haas had one goal in mind. Get Justin his first tarpon. Within a few minutes of putting out the firstbaits, the rod in front of Chester bent over and we had our first fish on. The tarpon made a mad dash toward shore andshallow water. It gave us two greatjumps that Justin caught on video. Afterreleasing the fish, we set up our second drift. Once again it didn’t take long. This time, Justin was doing battle with his first tarpon. It turned out that Justin’s tarpon was a lazyfighter. It went deep and stayed thereas we followed after it. The fish movedoffshore, then into the deep water of the main channel. It continued offshorewith the outgoing tide. It came to thesurface and gulped air and then went back down. Next it came up and out of the main channel and headed north before turningand swimming toward the beach. Numeroustimes it gulped air. We got the leaderto touch the rod tip several times and had the leader on the reel just as manytimes. Each time the tarpon pulled lineoff the reel with ease despite the fact that we were continuing to increase thedrag pressure. Along the way, the fishgave us two jumps on different occasions. The tarpon was very camera shy and we just couldn’t get a goodpicture. The battle raged on and Justinwas hanging in there. By now we hadtraveled north up the beach into the neon area. With one final run under the boat, the hook finally gave up and broke. The battle had lasted just about an hour. We ran back and set up again. It took one drift to figure out where thefish had moved to. We reset and hadanother fish on almost immediately. Thistime the fish threw the hook on its second jump. The final drift of the evening had Chestercatching and released a bonnethead shark. Final count 2 for 3 and a bonnethead shark.<o:p></o:p>

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We’re now up to date again.<o:p></o:p>

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The end of June is fast approaching. With that, the tarpon action will become a bit inconsistent. It then shifts to a different style at otherlocations. If you want to get in on theaction, now’s the time to act quickly and book a date.<o:p></o:p>

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Offshore, the dolphin (mahi-mahi) action has improved some, however,it’s still not red hot. There are somekingfish being caught deep in the water column. Sailfish can be seen free jumping on most every trip. Mutton snapper are being caught along withamberjack and barracudas.<o:p></o:p>

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Captain Dave Kostyo<o:p></o:p>

Knot Nancy FishingCharters, Inc<o:p></o:p>

305-965-9454<o:p></o:p>

www.knotnancy.com<o:p></o:p>

nkostyo@bellsouth.net

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