Tarpon hanging in

Report Date: April 11, 2006

Usually the fish mentioned in my previous report are pretty much gone by now. Fortunately they're not. On March 26 angler Kent Willet of Maine fought a tarpon estimated at 150-160 lbs for an hour and forty-five minutes before getting it to the boat. The tarpon gave Kent the complete tour of every piling, seawall, bridge, and beach of Virginia Key and Key Biscayne as he towed the boat. Kent lobied for smaller fish and we went up to Stiltsville and promptly chummed up a nice bonefish that broke us off. Other highlights were angler John Sescilla of Long Island and I finding a nice school of daisey chaining tarpon on a flat south of Soldiers Key on flood tide. After several shots and refusals we got one to eat the fly and he immediately jumped off. The half hour we spent with these fish was magical, as any one who has witnessed this spawning behavior will attest. We had five good shots at large permit that day and could not hook up. Yesterday (April 10) despite lots of wind out of the NE, we hooked 5 fish by noon. Angler/journalist/captain Al Ristori fought one fish for and hour and a half before losing it to the Rickenbacker Causeway bridge. Fish was in the 120 lb range.
Bonefishing has been tough. It should improve quickly.

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Captain Steve Horowitz
Kestrel Outfitters

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