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Posted: Feb. 12 2004,16:41

you hear about the stories of Tarpon Fishing in the Keys. People will Reserve spots with the Top Guides a year out to get a chance at these fish.
Well,,, Its early and a good time to research some spots that are accessible by Kayak and discuss some possible fishing methods.
I have only jumped one of the fish on the Kayak and it had my Adrenaline going for weeks!!!
So, Lets get a little discussion going on techniques, areas(we can keep it a secret!!) and times to fish. April, May , June are peak times in the Year for Tarpon fishing in the Keys.
POON TIME!! :cool:


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Posted: Feb. 12 2004,19:42

Sounds good Mike,

I've jumped one in North Key Largo and found an area where there was a school of juveniles. Found some areas around there which are supposed to be good.

Just finished up a tarpon swap on www.saltwaterflytying.com, got some nice patterns. Joe Branham was in the swap and he tied some awesome black deaths.

Also, there's an event called poontangle coming up in early may down in big pine.

Ken
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Posted: Feb. 13 2004,06:59

I've had fish on and chased fish right around Bear Cut and the Sea Aquarium. Almost boated a "green" one, not so much by skill but more so stupidity. There is a mob of 4-5 footers that come through there on the tide change, every darn time it seemed. Troll untill you see 'em roll, then cast to them. I've had breif hook-ups on a "knuckle head" surface and also a soft plastic crab on a 3/0 circle hook.

Little card Sound is my favorite because there is very little pressure, and at times I have spent hours chasing rollers, just out of reach. I do a lot of trolling there but have never quite figured out the Poon pattern. I've gotten some interest swirls but no hook-ups on the Silver King. There are some huge 'cuda the cruise through there too. The mangrove creek entrance/outlets, are the places to start, but not close in unless smaller 'cuda are the target. Steamboat Creek is worth a slow paddle at slack to slow tide.

The bridge at Bahia Honda is another destination choice of mine but your window is small due to tidel currents. I'm not that confident to stay out there for too long or to venture too far from the protection of the key.   :cool:


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Posted: Feb. 13 2004,14:00

Tan, Little Card Sound is an area I have not fished yet.  I would love to check out that spot sometime.
Some of the best success I have had in the past with smaller Tarpon  has been with Flies. The only problem I see is launching a decent cast off the Kayak. (Ken, Chime in anytime you want ;) ). Im hearing the DOA wildeyes are supposed to be good for Poons on spinning gear. This could be a good idea to go target Tarpon on an outing and try some different techniques and hopefully one of them will work.
If for any reason someone hooks up with a decent fish, you will need some company. Its a team effort to do it right!


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Posted: Feb. 13 2004,15:47

May...poontangle...may...poontangle...

I saw a post on another forum indicating that the DOA baitbuster (trolling version) is good; also the terroreyz left sitting still in the current is supposed to be good too (don't touch it according to Mark Nichols).

Another good spot is the west coast. we chased rollers for hours at rookery bay and at lover's key as well. frustrating as heck but fun. the tarpon I jumped on N. Key Largo (the other side of card sound) hit a chart/white clouser. go figure. man, you can see why it's addictive. that head shake, that pull, that jump...just gets in you!

we had andy mill speak at the fly fishing club last month and he had a ton of info on tournament tarpon fishing. went into leader formulas, let us look through his tackle bag and fly box, very cool.
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Posted: Feb. 13 2004,16:56

That Andy Mill lecture must have been great. I have caught tarpon up to 30 pds on Fly...its a rush!
On live bait...largest was 75 pounds...bigger rush!
Its something we must work on....


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Posted: Feb. 16 2004,08:12

How are you guys rigging for Tarpon?
Bait, rod/reel, line, leader, that kind of stuff.


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Posted: Feb. 28 2004,15:38

After seeing this little video on another site makes you think twice about KAYAK TARPON FISHING!!!!


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Edited by Capn Jimbo on Feb. 28 2004,16:07

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Posted: Feb. 28 2004,17:54

A good size Tarpon being turned into bait.Pretty impressive

Its not nice to fool with Mother Nature
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Posted: April 06 2005,05:30

I am always amazed at the tremendous knowledge that is shared by our great FLYC regulars.  Our forum may not have a ton of posts but we also don't have a lot of trivial bullshit here.  

Just enough, hehe.

So for those of you that lurk, do stick your neck out a bit and post, you'll be welcomed.  Or do a search on a subject and you will be amazed at the wealth of information that has already been posted here.  This is NOT a "me, too - how are ya" forum.  

But back to the thread.  Tarpon time is now here.  Kayak Willie has been both in the keys, ICW in Pompano and near shore, and the poons are on the move.

I'm ready for sure this year... and remember that we have a section for those lookin for fishing partner or fun day on the water....

Lemme Hook Ya Up

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