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Father-and-son team complete SW Florida ‘slam’

Sometimes Neptune smiles, and grants anglers and guides lucky lifetime memory days on the water. This past Tuesday was one of those days when a client, 15-year-old Timmy Tyree and his father, Bob, had a banner day starting with Tim hooking and releasing a 75-pound class before dawn tarpon on a ...

Checking out the new lures at a local bait shop

For Florida anglers that enjoy throwing hard lures at local snook, reds and seatrout, manufacturers have provided a huge variety of new hard baits to pick from.Stopped in at Capt. Robs Bait and Tackle on Del Prado Boulevard to look for a new rod and was impressed by the store's well organized ...

What bait/lure to use depends on conditions — and the tarpon

Offshore trips this past Wednesday produced bountiful mixed catches. A three-party group from Ocean City, Maryland, led by white marlin angler Capt. Tony, had a great afternoon catching a boatload of red grouper up to 14 pounds along with nearly 50 various snapper species.Tarpon are here ...

Now’s the time to take on the tarpon challenge

For new nightshift tarpon anglers wanting to challenge the silver king using lures at night, it's time to make it happen.Location? It's no secret that bridges host tarpon 24/7, but especially at night.Why? Bridge pilings provide a break from the fast flowing current for baitfish, crabs and ...

Making sure your knot’s not a problem

After poling the boat seemingly forever searching for redfish tails wagging enticingly in the early morning sun, it looked like it wasn't going to happen. Suddenly, they appeared.After poling like mad to get in range, you make the cast, being careful not to rock the boat, placing the lure ...

Today, all the talk is about tarpon

Tarpon are certainly the talk of the fishing community, and as more swim in from the south daily, the opportunities to experience one of angling's greatest thrills increases.Look a bit offshore and you'll see small fleets anchored up waiting to jump some of the greenest, meanest fish of the ...

It’s a good time to fish for tripletail

Catching tripletail is usually done with a live shrimp or a small baitfish drifted back to them with the tide as they hide under their crab float shelter. At times, soft plastic shrimp imitators work well, others times they are completely ignored.Finding tripletail is as simple as finding a ...

Picking the right gear for tarpon fishing

It's tarpon time and many new to the sport have many questions usually starting with, what tackle do I need? The tackle needed will be defined by your style of fishing.Here is a general guide -- If you plan to intercept beach traveling tarpon and throw live baits or lures at them, an 8 to 8.5 ...

Plenty of redfish being caught inshore

Inshore redfishing is worth your time with good numbers caught and released by mangrove-edge bait anglers. Typically winter reds run smaller with one good fish over 5 pounds for every four to five rat or juvenile reds hooked. Good news is, I've had several charters these past weeks catching 20 ...

An interesting charter, plus catching reds on soft plastics

Watching $5 spoon number four sail deep into the mangroves forever lost to the unforgiving tangle, I simply smiled and handed him another ready rod ready to cast. About the same time, his 5-year-old daughter who had secretly opened one of my soft plastic tackle boxes, threw the whole thing into ...