Spontaneous DIY Florida Tarpon Advice - Fly Fishing Forum
Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions Turquoise water, silver demons on the fly

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-28-2008, 01:12 PM
juro's Avatar
juro juro is offline
Coast2coast Flyfishaholic
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Steelhead country|striper coast|bonefish belt
Posts: 20,593
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?
__________________
IFFF Certified THCI @ 2005
Capeflyfisher Guide Service
Island Hopper, Guitarist, Incurable Dreamer
and Founder, Worldwide Flyfishing Forum
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 05-28-2008, 01:49 PM
josko josko is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Cape Cod
Posts: 564
Lagoons north of Ft. Pierce are pretty good, but look out for alligators!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3  
Old 05-28-2008, 03:11 PM
Eric's Avatar
Eric Eric is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 961
Right on, Juro! I dying to find out the same information. Been on goose chases so far, but look at Stuart.

Cheers,

Eric
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4  
Old 05-28-2008, 05:50 PM
n1gdo's Avatar
n1gdo n1gdo is online now
Active Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Nahant,MA USA
Posts: 382
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....

good luck
__________________
frank in Nahant, MA
USASAFS-4 1961-1963
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5  
Old 05-28-2008, 08:50 PM
Eric's Avatar
Eric Eric is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 961
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.

Fantasizing in Waldport
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6  
Old 05-28-2008, 11:41 PM
juro's Avatar
juro juro is offline
Coast2coast Flyfishaholic
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Steelhead country|striper coast|bonefish belt
Posts: 20,593
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.
__________________
IFFF Certified THCI @ 2005
Capeflyfisher Guide Service
Island Hopper, Guitarist, Incurable Dreamer
and Founder, Worldwide Flyfishing Forum
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7  
Old 05-28-2008, 11:59 PM
formula1 formula1 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Gulf Coast (to be) of FL
Posts: 54
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8  
Old 05-29-2008, 06:51 AM
titleguy titleguy is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: maine
Posts: 266
Gulf Coast- Sarasota and Venice areas will actually give you beach shots at fish, plus the beach snook and jacks are tremendous.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9  
Old 05-29-2008, 06:55 AM
juro's Avatar
juro juro is offline
Coast2coast Flyfishaholic
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Steelhead country|striper coast|bonefish belt
Posts: 20,593
I've seen them tearing into pilchards off the east side of Bahia Honda in spring several years ago but only had a 7wt bonefish rod with a crab pattern at the time.

What is peak timing of the migration for beach shots?
__________________
IFFF Certified THCI @ 2005
Capeflyfisher Guide Service
Island Hopper, Guitarist, Incurable Dreamer
and Founder, Worldwide Flyfishing Forum
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #10  
Old 05-29-2008, 07:30 AM
titleguy titleguy is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: maine
Posts: 266
Juor- My understanding from Rick Grassett a guide a CBs Outfitters on Siesta Key is that the prime action is mid June to mid July. He fishes right of the beach in his flats boat, but I know locals down there that beach fish and fish tarpon in yaks off the beach. Supposedly, all along "Shell Beach" and Turtle Beach on Siesta Key the fish are within fly range during tha period. They are definitely cruising the passes from the intercoastal into the gulf at that time as well.

I've not been there then, but I go to Siesta Key for April vaca every year and fish the beach each and every day for snook, jacks, trout, ladyfish, etc. Also lots of cobia around in June as well. Check out Rick's site for more info

www.flyfishingflorida dot net

He's a very helpful guy.

Plus, if you can't get tarpon, 25 lb jacks will tear up your stuff.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #11  
Old 05-29-2008, 09:30 AM
vtloon's Avatar
vtloon vtloon is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Lake Champlain, VT
Posts: 488
DIY Tarpon

You can kayak fish for rollers of various size in the Faka Union Canal (on Rte 41 between Naples and Everglades City) complex of canal/creeks/hidden back ponds, and all the way out to the passes. You can also fish on foot there the Rte 41 canals and some quarries that are full of Juvie fish 5-25 #.
__________________
We live in complex times, what with fishing,sailing and skiing seasons overlapping.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #12  
Old 05-29-2008, 10:07 AM
FLStan's Avatar
FLStan FLStan is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 56
Send a message via Yahoo to FLStan
Tarpon

In terms of DIY, tarpon fishing can be tough, if from out of state. The reason I say this is that you would at least need a yak to get to most of them. What size fish are you interested in as that would be helpful. Big fish will be on the Beach. medium and small sized fish can be found in waters that are inland. Did you have a particular place in mind?

A great place to yak for tarpon is the Sebastain river, the north fork has a more and bigger fish but it's in deeper water. The south fork, when they are there tend to eat better. It also a gret place for snook.

Another place that is great this time of year is the Everglades out of Flamingo. This can also be done by yak but don't have any personal experience on this one in recent years specifcally targeting tarpon. Also the closest lodging is Florida City unless you want to camp.

Once again, if you let me know what place you are interested in I can focus in on what's available for you.

Stan

P.S. The gulf side beaches previously mentioned is probably your best bet for big fish that you can get to by yak.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #13  
Old 05-29-2008, 01:11 PM
Eddie Eddie is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Portland, ME.
Posts: 1,586
Juro, the main reason the discussion always start with , "get a guide" is the fact that tarpon are most often in water that is hard to get to by foot. The bottom is soft in many areas, much of the shoreline is private and hacking through mangroves is tough. Guides have boats. The second reason people recommend guides is that most people don't have a ton of time to look for fish, and guides know where they are.

I suspect that many locals or those in the know would rather not share their spots on the web.

So here goes:

1) fish the canals off the Tamiami trail. Hop out of the car where ever it looks fishy and throw in a fly. You never know what will hit. I there are tarpon in there.

2) Rent a flats boat and pole along contours in the 4-6' range. If it is clear you will see them clearly. If not, look for rolls, bubbles and water being pushed.
If you can't get a flats boat, anchor up along a likely spot. Look for points and areas that would compress schools of migratory fish.
In the back country, look for laid up fish. Bubbles, nervous water, rolling fish etc. This is especially productive in low light.
I have seen more than a few rental boats aground so pay attention to where you're going.
You could do this in a kayak, but visibility will be poor, so sticking to the back country might be a better bet for this.
__________________
One cast can change your day...maybe your life.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #14  
Old 05-29-2008, 02:59 PM
juro's Avatar
juro juro is offline
Coast2coast Flyfishaholic
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Steelhead country|striper coast|bonefish belt
Posts: 20,593
Sure, I understand the dynamics of getting a guide pretty well. As I've said in the past it depends on what you're after. Fish numbers and local advice, get a guide. Discovery and a sense of totally self-sufficient success, don't.

A guide is often a good teacher, and you learn a lot. However it's also a proof of your own tools to apply them with your own intuition.

Both good, but sometimes I am after one and not the other. In fact I am always looking for that feeling of discovery, with a few rare exceptions.
__________________
IFFF Certified THCI @ 2005
Capeflyfisher Guide Service
Island Hopper, Guitarist, Incurable Dreamer
and Founder, Worldwide Flyfishing Forum
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #15  
Old 05-29-2008, 10:05 PM
Eddie Eddie is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Portland, ME.
Posts: 1,586
Juro, easy with the 'tude, it is not conducive to sharing information and experience.
__________________
One cast can change your day...maybe your life.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Fly Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Florida tarpon guides Gseries69 Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 10 05-29-2008 11:09 PM
Baby Tarpon: West Coast Florida: April? Eric Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 7 12-13-2004 10:36 AM
First Tarpon Trip - Advice? NCFly Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 4 04-24-2004 06:18 PM
Best Tarpon time in Florida? Moonlight Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 12 03-08-2002 09:36 AM
advice needed re: Florida Keys vinnyf Stripers and Coastal Gamefish 2 03-26-2001 09:29 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:10 PM.



Copyright Flyfishingforum.com (All Rights Reserved)