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Tarpon Day 6 = Everglades

Posted 06-25-2011 at 10:48 AM by Davo

In an attempt to right the wrong off to many libations the night before and pulling a no show on day5 our guide offered a run over to the Everglades. Hard to turn that trip down!! We have made this trip a few times over the years and if we had a trailer for Dads boat we would do it more often.

Guide arrived to pick us up very promptly this morning and we were off to Flamingo. We put in on the inside and headed out the channel to Coot Bay. Crossed Coot Bay to Tarpon Creek and into Whitewater Bay. Heading across Whitewater we stopped in a few place along the southern side to investigate areas we saw schools of Mullet busting along the shoreline. Besides the promising amount of bait we did not come across any of our target species.... ie Tarpon. We did see numerous Porpoise though!

Eventually we made our way across Whitewater to Mud Bay. Here we worked the shoreline nice and slow in search of laid up Tarpon. We ended up busting a couple while working the mangroves along the shore for Snook. Man are they hard to spot in off color water just laying there not moving!! You sure can't miss em once the bust a move out of there though!! LOL An errant cast by yours truely also bust a snook too. Had already let fly just before I spotted him laying out in front of the shoreline we were fishing. My line landed right on his head and he was gone in a flash leaving a nice wake back into the mangroves on the shore.

Next we headed over to the mouth of Little Shark river. This is where we crossed water with the only other boat we saw all day. They were working there way down the north shore line of the river. So we headed around to the other side in the mouth of Shark river. Here once again we found a lot of bait (Mullet) busting the surface all over. Here the water is too deep to pole and we did not have trolling motor so we just dead drifted out with the current along the edge of the river. Here we spotted a couple sets of juvenile Tarpon happily rolling and feeding there up and down a couple of seams. We spent about an hour drifting down through the seams trying to get good shots at them and then motoring back up and doing it again on a different line. Our timing and the fishes timing were not in sync today. Eventually they moved way out past the mouth of the river.

Next we moved a short ways to where we got into some happy feeding Tarpon last year. Last time we were there we got to good hook ups and a few jumps before being broken off. I'm prevented by promise made last season from giving details of this location. I wish it had held the action it did then but it was dead quite with no rollers or even some juveniles laid up in the mouth of a small creek. This was disappointing as it held lots of both last year.

So it was time for another move. This time back to the mouth of Little Shark River. The boat we saw there earlier had moved out while we were working the other side in Shark River. We set up to work our way down the north shore for Snook while keeping a sharp eye out for any laid up Tarpon. We saw no silver beasts laid up but did think we had found some Snook. It turned out to be a small Mackerel. It I always manage to catch some unexpected species each year on this trip. He did put up a nice but short fight.

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After this we worked a few more coves on our way back across Whitewater Bay headed back to the boat ramp at Flamingo. In one cove we found a few Redfish. one set was way back up a tight shallow cove. we worked in as close as we could but they stayed just out of range. The back of the cove was so shallow we bottomed out the flats boat in the mud. It was tough to get that mud to release it suction on the bottom of the boat. With lots of rocking and reversing side to side with the motor in reverse we finally managed to get free. Good thing as spending the night in a back cove of the Everglades was not a particularly happy idea!! We found another Red on the way out into the main cove. On the first cast he spooked off. However I got another long cast out in front of him and he made a turn back on the fly. He came up behind it and sucked at it twice, I slowed my strip to let him have a go shot at it. Just at that point he spotted me or the boat and busted out for safer waters. That one was so close it hurt. Hard miss at the end of the day.

From there it was time to head out as the late afternoon storms over the Everglades had already been building for a while. So the tally for the day was a couple of busted Tarpon, Snook and Reds with one Mackerel brought to hand. I do have to say that spending a day in the Everglades is worth it even if you get skunked. The scenery and wildlife is just awesome. Not to mention the potential for some great fishing is always looming. If you ever get the chance to go take it!!! You will not regret it.
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    Great Stories

    Thanks for writing of your adventures in Florida Davo!!! We leave in 3 days for Key West but I will be with the kids so fishing probably won't be on the agenda.

    Posted 06-25-2011 at 02:31 PM by littledavid123 littledavid123 is online now
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    Key West Offers Great Opportunity


    Key West offer great fishing opportunities!! Maybe you can book a half day charter. At the very least drive up the Keys to Robies and buy a couple of buckets a fish to feed the Tarpon. The kids will love it just watch the birds!!
    Posted 06-25-2011 at 05:06 PM by Davo Davo is offline
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    Sounds like a great day on the water, despite the busts, at least your getting chances at them.

    Posted 06-27-2011 at 09:32 AM by mcnerney mcnerney is offline
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    Originally Posted by mcnerney View Comment
    Sounds like a great day on the water, despite the busts, at least your getting chances at them.


    It's alot of fun just trying!! And getting to explore around just a fraction of the Everglades is really neat!!

    Posted 06-27-2011 at 11:49 AM by Davo Davo is offline

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