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Orlando Saltwater Tarpon Fishing Report- GOOD STUFF

Postby jkumiski » Sun Jun 09, 2013 2:29 pm

Orlando Saltwater Tarpon Fishing Report

Sorry, no fly fishing though....


Orlando Saltwater Tarpon Fishing Report

Here is this week's spectacular Orlando saltwater fishing report-

Scott Radloff and I had an outstanding day tarpon fishing early in the week.

Monday we launched the Mitzi at Port Canaveral. We had no information about the fishing- no one had been out for almost two weeks due to the strong east winds. So we were on our own.

We found plenty of pogies by the Cocoa Beach pier. A couple tosses of the net and we were baited up.

We slow-trolled around the bait pods in a couple different places. Nothing. Apparently there weren't any fish around the bait.

We headed out to sea.

Shortly we came across little tunny busting minnows. There is a very effective lure for this situation, the Sting Silver, manufactured by Haw River Tackle in North Carolina. I tied one on and was soon listening to the sweet sound of a reel in distress. Tunny are such awesome light tackle fish!

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Tunny swim fast and soon they stopped busting in our immediate area. Then Scott saw a tarpon roll.

Soon we were surrounded by rolling fish. Scott put a pogie on (Daiichi circle wide hook, 5/0) and cast it out. Five seconds later a behemoth tarpon came flying out of the water.

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It commenced to kicking Scott's ass.

While it was doing that I had a strike from a more manageable fish of about 60 pounds. Tarpon double. You gotta love that.

I leadered and released my fish while Scott continued to struggle with Moby Dick. Finally after about an hour the fish broke off. Sadness and relief at the same time.

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Then I hooked one almost as big. I tried to kick its ass before it could kick mine and succeeded in breaking it off after five jumps. Sadness and relief at the same time.

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The rest of the morning continued in the same vein. Most of the subsequent fish we hooked were significantly smaller. I got one that was only about 40 pounds. Scott video-taped that one. See the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj0X4COs ... e=youtu.be

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The wind came up out of the east and the fishing died. No rollers, no bites, no nothing. We were pretty beaten up, having jumped around twenty fish and leadered a half-dozen. Just a spectacular, awesome day.

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We were back at it Tuesday. Elvis had left the building. We saw maybe a dozen tarpon roll all morning. I jumped one of about 100 pounds. It tossed the hook after the second jump. Finally we didn't see any rollers at all.

We got a half dozen tunny on Sting Silvers and pogies, and a half dozen blacktip sharks, too. Not spectacular like the previous day, but entertaining nonetheless.

That is this week's exciting version of the Orlando Saltwater Fishing Report.

I will not be posting another report until mid-July.

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short. Go Fishing!

John Kumiski
http://www.spottedtail.com

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Re: Orlando Saltwater Tarpon Fishing Report- GOOD STUFF

Postby h20ski » Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:49 am

John are you out there. Have not heard any reports from the Mosquito Lagoon. As I have A home there I like to hear what is going on. Ed

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Re: Orlando Saltwater Tarpon Fishing Report- GOOD STUFF

Postby kendalloz » Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:02 pm

Nice report! Thanks for keeping the tarpon in the water!

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