Spring for tarpon

Report Date: March 23, 2006

Let me catch you up. About a month ago I fished a couple of days over in the Ten Thousand Islands. Fishing was slow. The tarpon had lockjaw and the snook were small and few. However between trout and jacks which were cooperative we did manage a few nice redfish.

Fakahatchee Bay redfish

At about that same time the resident tarpon of Miamis' Goverment Cut started to make their move down the intracoastal to within a 1/2 mile of the boat ramp. We have been fishing these tarpon steadily. Fish range from 80-150 lbs. Drifting baits behind the boat produces best although we have managed a couple on fly.
Around the last big moon tides we started to see good numbers of permit and bonefish. Now that the sun is no longer low on the southern horizon, sight fishing has been great all day.
On glassy calm days I have gone out in 10 feet of water offshore and seen large schools of bones milling about down deep in the coral and sea fans. Angler Randy Gibbs and myself witnessed a school we estimated at 400-500 bones pouring by on the ocean side near Soldier Key. They wouldn't touch the fly. Probably in some pre-spawn behavior. Speaking of bones the University of Miami has documented a bonefish tagged in Biscayne Bay by fellow guide Joe Gonzalez, has been caught over in Andros Island. This is a first. it's got the biologists buzzing.
Big bones are making a showing. Two weeks ago Charlie Britt fishing with buddy David Ware caught his first bone, a large one estimated at 11 lbs, 32" to the fork of the tail. I'm having trouble downloading the photo, I'll keep trying. His buddy David sight cast to some nice 'cuda.

Former Miami Dophin and NY Jet David Ware with a nice cuda off the flats

Do not pass up the opportunity to throw at these great gamefish while on the flats. I have some clients who prefer them to bonefish.
The fishing will keep inproving as the water continues to warm. It's about 76 degrees now.
The best permit fishing is ahead.
Sping has arrived, get out and wet a line.

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Captain Steve Horowitz
Kestrel Outfitters

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