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chefmik Offline
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Posted: April 26 2004,18:41

Lets talk Rigs....
Lets talk where to fish for them....
Lets talk about how to land them on a kayak?
Artificials.....or Live Bait?
Drift Chutes......
It will be the most amazing fish you will catch out of a kayak.
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traderbob Offline
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Posted: April 27 2004,03:28

Tarpon cruise the beach, say 150  yards from shore
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Posted: April 27 2004,04:56

I've seen em caught right off Dania Beach when the mullet are running.  Will never forget the 7 footer (140 lb) that I saw an older guy catch on a heavy rig, 20 lb test, using a large, fresh snagged mullet from the pack.

We tried all manner of artificials that day to no avail, simply lost in the hundreds of thousands of teeming mullet.  Joe hooked up with a chartreuse TerrorEyz, Mike as I recall with a R/W topwater.

A couple I met on the water fishes exclusively for tarpon, drifting live bait. That day using threadfin herring, live.  They'd try hooking them differently, eg. lip, back, tail as they stated the tarpon were very fussy.  A bit of weight if needed.

But they reported MANY hookups, and have landed many tarpon.

Another guy I know had good luck with fresh netted mullet, would hook them through the breast area, toss them maybe 40 feet off the beach, and "tweak" the line once in a while to throw the mullet off balance and cause an "injured fish" flutter (apparently very attractive).

There are tarpon in Port Everglades, Haulover, Govt Cut, the ICW and yes, off the beach.  And the time is soon.

A wonderful target and worth the effort I think...

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fishunter1 Offline
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Posted: April 27 2004,16:25

Hot #@!*! It would be AWESOME to give Nantucket a run for its money. And a "South Florida Sleigh Ride" would really get my adrenaline flowing. Do lordy, yes! I hereby nominate Homassasa Springs for a FLYC roadtrip for Tarpon season. Whadda say, Godfisher? ???
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Posted: April 27 2004,19:53

Tarpon show up in all sorts of interesting places. Last year after returning from a driftboat trip at Dania Beach by the Dania Beach Blvd bridge, a 70ish pounder joined the jacks eating the skins and heads as the fish were cleaned. One of the kids on the trip stuck a chunk of trimmings on some spinning tackle and actually got a hookup right off the dock with 2 or 3 nice jumps before it broke the line. I've seen them by the swimming area/FIU North at Oleta River park and near the Dania Beach Pier.

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Posted: Dec. 24 2004,06:31

I have been fishing for tarpon off of my kayak for close to 7 years.It is actually easy to get them to bite, but what happens after that is up in the air.One thing to know is a tarpon will not pass up any part of a mullet live or dead.I allways take my cast net and search for them in shallow water along the canals.I useally start with live, the cudas cut the in half.I have found mullet heads are the best,that is large mullets.The best way to keep them on is to use 6to8 ft. of 60or80#flourocarbon leader and a large circle hook.I catch 90% on 12lb main line,just let them have line until you get up to speed, and believe me it will pull you around.Keep your bait at least 3 ft off of the bottom depending on how deep it is.Most of the time it is from 12 to 20ft or along deep drop offs like long the intercoastal.Whatever depth keep it mid level
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Posted: June 06 2005,13:19

Tarpon at the south end of West Lake chasing really big mullet.Memorial day.Where the canal from the boat ramp turns into flats.Dania
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Posted: June 06 2005,13:37

Critterdog,
   The tarpon I have jumped appeared unexpectedly, fishing for snook and trout, in the NMZ. I'm certain we could all benefit from learning your methods and techniques to be successful. Hope I can join you sometime this summer, if you don't mind a humble acolyte? Once I get my ride, I'll go just about anywhere, anytime to watch and learn. :D
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Posted: June 07 2005,07:48

This Sunday I hooked into a 100+ fish back in Flamingo Backcountry, I was using 6 pound test though, and after a 30 minutes tow I got broken off. I threw a jerkbait right in front of the school and was hooked up immediatley. Funny how a 3 pound tarpon, and 100 pound tarpon can eat the same jerkbait...
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Posted: June 07 2005,08:59

Critter: West Lake in Hollywood? Or Flamingo?

I've hooked tarpon in Key Largo and paddled with them as well. Cast to them in rookery bay & lover's key. Swam with them off the beaches in WPB & Jupiter.

Clouser minnows. Chart/white.
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