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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Tarpon Time: Update Comment
    Gregory Morris, 5/18/07 10:17:33 am
    We got out on the water a little later than we intended (around 6pm.) There were huge schools of bait fish (greenbacks) around a bouy and at Gandy Bridge, and we filled the livewell in no time. We then anchored in (what eventually became) the light line (after the sun went down) by the bridge, and started soaking our bait. The incoming current was really strong and the water was a bit choppy at the start, but it wasn't bad enough for any concern. By nightfall, it had calmed down anyway. Plus, the anchor held steady, and we didn't have to fudge around much trying to get into a good spot. The greenbacks were all around us all evening, being chased mercilessly by ladyfish. The ones on our hooks were soaking nearer to the bottom, which resulted in me pulling in a few rather large sail cats (which Trevor doesn't allow on his boat, and with good reason.) While the greenbacks were floating around, we used white rubber jigs and silver crankbaits to bring in some ladyfish, which didn't start biting until around sundown. However, once the light/shadow line became well defined (on the almost moonless night) the ladyfish starting going nuts, hitting everything we threw at them. We traded out our greenbacks for some medium sized ladyfish, mostly to avoid the catfish bite. Unfortunately, most of the ladyfish we caught were friggin' huge... too big for all but the most giant tarpon. By the time the tide slacked, it was after 9:30, and we were tired, so we decided to call it a night. I saw one tarpon roll towards the center of the bridge, but none took our bait. It is still early in the season, so I expect the bite to get better. At the very least, this was a great dry-run for the real tarpon fishing to come.

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