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Tarpon time

The good old silver kings are back in the Florida Keys and we have had the perfect start.  Our normal tarpon season for the big 100 lb + fish to be sure of a catch in my opinion is April, May and June you can catch tarpon all year but the main migration is during these months.  So with just two anglers we sett out to the old seven mile bridge in the dark to catch the sunrise bite my personal best time of the day.  Just two other boats and in all fairness not a sign of fish so our minds were drifting when Steve had a savage take but no hook up.  As it got light we began to see small schools of fish and the next boat had a hook up on top alert Steve made no mistakes on the next bite and it was fish on.  This was a well behaved fish and with just a few jumps straight through both bridges in to the open sea and with not a sign of sharks we soon had this fish to the boat and as they say here one for one which I would take any day of the year.

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Last week with all the calm weather a trip to my permit wreck in the bay was on the cards and in all fairness we were surprised not to see a boat on the mark.  Light not good for sight fishing as we have done in the past but lots of annoying fish swimming by but soon we had a fish on and I am afraid off.  They dont dive to the wreck but with their long powerful runs close by it often happens the line touches and it is fish off but John stuck at it and we had one on the boat.  If you wonder where permit get their power just look at the size of the tail must be one of the biggest tails to body size of all fish and boy do they use it. The day was also rounded off with a stunning stingray which more than once sanded up but the old guitar trick worked again and a fantastic African Pompano which have been at this wreck all year.