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Surprisingly, the jacks that reek havoc on the flats were thin this last spring. Many of the fish remained in holes far up the rivers after the two unseasonable freezes we had in March. Unfortunately the fish stayed in the freshwater much too long and became sick with “red fin” due to the lack of salinity. Nature has an uncanny ability to balance itself and I am certain that though poor Jack gets no respect, they will be well appreciated when they adjust in a short time.
Typical 6 hour trips have seen as many as 8 fish jumped. Biggest flaw in the game plan is the ever increasing number of bull sharks making quick work of played out tarpon at the side of the boat. While the sharks are common and particularly early in the season, conservation efforts to protect the sharks and the decline in their natural food source have caused an abnormal number of the nuisances. This week the moon is full, hopefully as the moon phases out over the next week the bulls will have made there way into the backwaters to conduct their own spawning activity and leave us alone for awhile.
The natural phenomenon of the congregation of giant tarpon in this area is now full swing. The massing of fish is all part of courtship prior to spawning unique to this area. The fish are in the rut and like all wild animals with sexual reproduction in mind, eating is not always their priority. However, with these type of numbers, action on these fish is the best giant tarpon fishing in the world. Day in, day out, 24/7 you can count on it like nowhere else in the world. On behalf of anglers across the globe in quest for giant tarpon, thank you Megalops Atlanticus for all you do.
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