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Old 05-28-2008, 01:12 PM
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Spontaneous DIY Florida Tarpon Advice

In contrast to the general opinion that tarpon are not a DIY quarry (spare me the can'ts and don'ts we all hear too often from the guide-laden sunshine state) does anyone have experience with spring tarpon in Florida on their own they could share?
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Lagoons north of Ft. Pierce are pretty good, but look out for alligators!
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Right on, Juro! I dying to find out the same information. Been on goose chases so far, but look at Stuart.

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Tarpon

years old info but while fishing a blitz of Spanish Macs on Hutchison Island (sp) area... a fellow fisherman told me that there were lots of baby Tarpon in the canal systems in the area... I never got to check it out but it sounds like the Ft. Pierce / Stuart area advice is pretty good....

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There's a fly shop in Stuart. I'd contact them and see what they have to say. We went there on a Sunday and found the shop closed.

Great snook and jack fishing along the sea wall to add to the attraction.

Next spring, on the cusp of summer, I hope to be back in Florida to try to do what you're trying to do. Tarpon are eluding me and I want to catch one of those buggers more than anything.

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Eric -

To my fellow collaborator/commiserator in pursuit of pacific northwest steel I admit that when hooked my mind envisions the steelie's mutant cousin from hell. When it runs and goes airborne in a blur of silver a steelheader can't help but see a world record 36 pound Lewis River summer run on the line... until you realize that it's just a $%&*^# giant herring. Amazing animals, primitive yet no need to evolve further and smart as they are strong. A must to experience on the fly, tremendous sport.
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Old 05-28-2008, 11:59 PM
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Juro, best recommendation from me is not the Keys but rather the Gulf Coast and renting a boat. Along the beaches north of Pine Island and Boca Grande Pass are beach tarpon that you look for and intercept with a trolling motor. Much more doable than flats where you need to pole to the tarpon. Unless of course you are good a poling a boat in which case you can get it done in the Keys but you may come up with some goose eggs until you learn the various areas. I have friends who went DIY but they live in the Keys and spent a number of years fishing with guides - and as much as they know the areas, I still see more poons with my guide than they manage on their own.
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Gulf Coast- Sarasota and Venice areas will actually give you beach shots at fish, plus the beach snook and jacks are tremendous.
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