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Old 06-18-2011, 03:44 PM
bruce.campo bruce.campo is offline
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Wow - just Googled Sanibel and Here's a guy with a fly rod in the wash with a tarpon. I've NEVER hooked a tarpon and is becoming my obsession. Ron... What am I doing in Pennsylvania.
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Old 06-18-2011, 05:09 PM
Paxton Paxton is offline
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Bruce...supposedly tarpon have been caught off the beach...but not by me. I was told that they are usually at the drop off of the bars about 200 yards out (no, can't walk out unless you want to drown). One option is to rent the kayak for a week.
The guy will deliver and pick up.

Tarpon are in Pine island Sound (the other side of Sanibel) all late May/June and part of July. It's a whole 20 min. drive. In the winter months I rent a kayak and drift....usually lady fish, sea trout and reds...snook are very cold sensitive.

Last June I went to Captiva Kayaks to rent a yak and try for tarpon.....after some wise words from the owner, I chickened out. Seems that 100s of hamerheads follow the tarpon in Pine island Sound......I invisioned being in a 12 ft yak...hooking a tarpon...bringing it to the boat (if I wasn't pulled to France) and then.............................

Snook fishing was so great...I decided to just enjoy what I was already enjoying and live to fish another year.
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Old 06-18-2011, 06:24 PM
jalthoff jalthoff is offline
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Captiva/Sanibel Snook

Definitely recommend this - I've only been in November, way off season, and I've still been able to sight cast to snook 2 feet off the beach. Just a blast. White flies (shminnow as mentioned above). Minimum 25 lb bite tippet.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:43 PM
sadler91 sadler91 is offline
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New to fly fishing in salt but not to saltwater fishing. I am a Florida native and one of the best places to fish for snook is the inter-coastal down in Englewood, FL. Plenty of places to stay with dock access. We stay there on the beach every year. There is a pass from the inter-coastal to the Gulf called Stumps Pass. Narrow little channel through there but there are some big fish down in that area. Look it up
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