Plenty of Tarpon Action - Miami Beach, Florida

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Most of my trips since my last fishing report have been evening tarpontrips.<o:p></o:p>

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The tarpon action has ranged from outstanding to normal for this timeof year. The shrimp ran very heavyduring two of the trips and we’ve seen shrimp in the water during most of them.<o:p></o:p>

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Russell Jones took his first tarpon trip and had the pleasure of see amajor shrimp run. This got the tarpongoing hot and heavy. Using live shrimp,we went 5 for 8. We also saw action withthe Berkley Rattle Shrimp. The finalcount at the end of the evening was 5 for 10 and a Spanish mackerel.<o:p></o:p>

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The next evening, the shrimp ran big time again. Alexander Schmieder and Burkhard Schulzfished a ¾ (6 hour) evening trip. Thewind from the ESE/SE @ 9 – 13 knots gave us just enough wave action thatBurkhard experienced motion sickness. Wedropped him off at the Haulover fuel dock and went back out. The action was outstanding. By the end of the trip, Alexander had caught andreleased 8 of the 10 tarpon we hooked.<o:p></o:p>

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Bob Lubin, his son Bobby and friend Jeff Walker came out on the nightwhen the shrimp didn’t run. The actionslowed down, however, the bigger fish showed back up. Bobby had his hands full fighting a largetarpon and did a fabulous job. The battlewas back and forth for quite a while before Bobby finally got the upper hand. Jeff got into the action next and caught histarpon. We had to work hard to getanother bite for Bob. Unfortunately histarpon decided to give us back the hook on its first jump.<o:p></o:p>

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Alexander Schmieder was back for some offshore fishing. We had a sailfish come up and attack ourbait. It slashed at it and chased itaround before losing interest and swimming off. The next action came on the downrigger. This fish turned out to be an 18# kingfish. We had no further action.<o:p></o:p>

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Frank Reda, Brad Skaf, and Shamus Bartnett wanted just a few fish fordinner. We started with a sailfishchasing bait. We pitched a bait to itand watched as the sail stalked and slashed at the bait before swimming off. Prior to that, we hooked a small brownshark. With no further action, we movedout to deeper water. In 500 feet, wefound some big weed patches and caught 2 dolphin. That was dinner. In 800 feet a major weedline that went on formiles produced nothing but a bar jack.<o:p></o:p>

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John and Gary Masel and Rodney Raub saw action with 1 tarpon, severalladyfish, several Spanish mackerel, a large jack crevalle, bluefish andbluerunners.<o:p></o:p>

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Cenk Durukal and I took the tour of Government Cut only to find a Spanishmackerel and bluerunner and no tarpon. We ran back north and on the last drift of the evening, we hooked thelarge tarpon that Cenk was looking for. The battle went from deeper water to shallower water and back deeperagain. Cenk wanted to get the perfectpicture, however, the tarpon just did not want to cooperate. We had the leader in the rod tip severaltimes and got a very good look at the fish. Every time we got the fish up close, it would just power away from usagain and again. After a 40 minutebattle on 20# line, the fish won and released itself before posing for anypictures.<o:p></o:p>

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Bob and Ron Wegner saw plenty of action with 90 – 100 tarpon duringtheir trip. We had to wait till it gotcompletely dark before we saw the first tarpon. Prior to that we caught 2 Spanish mackerel and a bluefish. Bob was first up on a tarpon. With that fish released, he wanted hisbrother to catch his first tarpon. Thenext hit saw the fish make a short run before the hook pulled. On the next fish, Ron was doing everythingright and we had the leader close several times. The fish had us going all over the area andfinally came up and made a terrific jump. That’s when the hook pulled and shot back at us. On the last drift of the evening Ron gotanother chance. This time the fishhooked up solid. The incoming tide has usgoing through the Haulover bridge and into the Bay. Ron caught his first tarpon (100#’s) and Bobgot the pictures to prove it.<o:p></o:p>

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There you have it. Some verygood tarpon action. It should continuefrom now through June so don’t delay in getting in on the action.<o:p></o:p>

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

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


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