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There's Silver in D'em Hills
The 2003 giant tarpon season got off to a rough start. Late season cold fronts kept the bulk of the fish at bay for the first week or two. The natural phenomenon of the algae bloom known as “red tide” had been the most frustrating variable so far this year. The bloom had been coming in and out with the winds in area for several months. In the nick of time levels dropped to “low” and some fish moved in. Unfortunately our neighbors to the south in the Sanibel area were not as lucky. There, they experienced high levels of the toxic that resulted in a fish kill over several weeks. The bloom cut off the normal travel paths of the fish coming up from the south. As well and even though levels were low here, there were enough of the algae to upset the appetite of the fish. For nearly a month we struggled with putting fish in the air as we traveled great lengths to fish tarpon acting well out of the ordinary in the Giant Tarpon Capitol of the World.
That was then and this is now.
With a waxing full moon last week, spring tides and favorable East winds, concentrations of tarpon steadily built with the moon. Toxin levels all but disappeared and though off from years past-the bite and fishery have been strong the past week to 10 days. Fish are currently being jumped in typical numbers on the beach, flats and in Boca Grande Pass.
Major hurdles were leaped the past few weeks while turning to permit, kingshish, grouper, snapper and cobia to fill the empty spaces on lock jawed silver kings.
The now behind us situation resulted in some long and stressful days as a fishing guide whom must wave a magic wand to make things what they should be. I will draft a more detailed report by midnight on May 30th complete with additional images.
Screaming drags and tired Arms!
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