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  • #61
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OZhw-aQTP8

    "Just a creepin...."

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    • #62
      clock is officially "ticking".....see you derelicts in about 26 hours.
      There are no shortcuts to any place worth going--Beverly Sills

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      • #63
        Those deer are having "Doritos" withdrawal.

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        • #64
          It's on Again

          Today was a rest day. We ate a big breakfast at The Bucktooth Rooster in Big Pine. EG did some work on his computer and I did some exploring. I found an old Cuban raft washed up in the mangroves, and a cabin cruiser on its side...hidden behind some mangroves.

          I took Baldea's advice and went out to the patch reefs. I caught a really nice mutton snapper on a Yozuri. I also caught some yellowtails. Water was a bit rough....think mechanical bull rough.

          Bucky stopped by while we were making dinner.




          We are headed out in a few to fish the evening tide. Lots of toofy critters out and about. Wish us luck.

          Pichers to follow....

          Last edited by Drifter; 05-03-17, 04:31 PM.
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          • #65
            It's on Again

            Well this evening was certainly interesting.

            EG and I went out and caught some pinfish. Then anchored under the bridge and drifted the pinfish about four-feet below a balloon. Ten minutes in.....the balloon gets snatched out of sight. I pulled the line tight and had a brief fight....then nothing. The pinfish didn't fare so well. Put on a fresh pinfish and a few minutes later....fish on. A 50-plus pound tarpon jumped three times before throwing the hook. Just dam.

            Had a couple of toofy critters bite off the next two pinfish....so now I'm down to my last bait. Pitched it out next to a bridge piling and the balloon disappears. I reel tight and the fight is on. The tarpon surfaced and threw the hook again. Darn.



            Back at it again tomorrow.
            Last edited by Drifter; 05-03-17, 07:56 PM.
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            • #66
              Multiple tarpon bites? Heck yeah!!

              No hookups?

              Trout sets? Can you strip set on a spinning outfit?

              FM
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              • #67
                The Pinfish Fear Us
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                • #68
                  It's on Again

                  Mark....I'm still trying to nail down this circle hook thing. That coupled with the bony mouth of the tarpon...and its tough. The first one was on about 90 seconds before spitting the hook....the second one...about 20 seconds.
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                  • #69
                    I'm thinking about using Gatorbyte as chum.
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                    • #70
                      Originally posted by Drifter View Post
                      I'm thinking about using Gatorbyte as chum.
                      going for those big 10 ft+ hammerheads that hang out in that area?
                      I am officially upgrading Gatorbyte from "fly in my ointment" to "thorn in my side". If he happens to elevate himself to "pain in my a$$" I'm gonna blame it on RScott.

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                      • #71
                        Originally posted by Drifter View Post
                        Mark....I'm still trying to nail down this circle hook thing. That coupled with the bony mouth of the tarpon...and its tough. The first one was on about 90 seconds before spitting the hook....the second one...about 20 seconds.
                        I'm sure you already know this, but with circle hooks and tarpon just reel fast until you get a good bend in the rod then drive the hook home by trying to turn the fishes head. That'll normally start them to jumping. When they jump, you want to point your rod tip down to them so the line isn't tight and then you need to get the tension back on when they hit the water. Bow to the king!!!
                        -skunked

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                        • #72
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                          Originally posted by I_got_skunked View Post
                          I'm sure you already know this, but with circle hooks and tarpon just reel fast until you get a good bend in the rod then drive the hook home by trying to turn the fishes head. That'll normally start them to jumping. When they jump, you want to point your rod tip down to them so the line isn't tight and then you need to get the tension back on when they hit the water. Bow to the king!!!

                          Thanks for the tip. It helps to hear someone else explain it. Thanks!

                          I try to do all that but it's much more difficult in a kayak. At some point you've got to clear the deck of gear and cut loose the anchor line. Then you gotta keep the kayak from go broadside into a bridge piling in the ripping current.....I've rehearsed it over and over in my mind....but as you know..,when the fish makes that first leap....chaos ensues. 😳

                          It's addicting for sure. I'll be back at it again today. Keys tarpon have stole my soul.😃
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                          • #73
                            The Gator has landed.

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                            • #74
                              Originally posted by Drifter View Post
                              Thanks for the tip. It helps to hear someone else explain it. Thanks!

                              I try to do all that but it's much more difficult in a kayak. At some point you've got to clear the deck of gear and cut loose the anchor line. Then you gotta keep the kayak from go broadside into a bridge piling in the ripping current.....I've rehearsed it over and over in my mind....but as you know..,when the fish makes that first leap....chaos ensues. 😳

                              It's addicting for sure. I'll be back at it again today. Keys tarpon have stole my soul.😃
                              Lol whatever you do, don't leave the rod in the rod holder on your kayak with the drag set tight. That's how you end up holding onto the side of the kayak trying to get back in it while getting drug to kingdom come by a 150+ lb mack daddy of a fish. Not that that's happened to me where you're fishing or anything...
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                              • #75
                                It's on Again

                                Well....I busted my tarpon cherry tonight. It was "en fuego". We were lined up along the bridge and everyone jumped at least one. I stuck three and landed one....about 25 lbs....my first but I'll take it.

                                Black Hogys were the ticket although I did have a few hits on crabs and pinfish.
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