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The large masses of pre-spawn tarpon are slowly cycling out. As I predicted right here in late winter, the "peak season" was one of the best cycles of tarpon we've had since in 1990. We are now in a transition period where the fish that headed offshore to spawn are slowly making their way back to the shoreline. The fish will follow the edges as they work their way to the north in search of massive quantities of bait needed to replenish lost body fat suffered during the rigors of spawning.

It is questionable where exactly the fish will set up as the northern Gulf of Mexico in the area of the Louisiana Delta is experiencing adverse effects of the BP tragedy (there remains NO effect of the spill in Southwest Florida, nor are we expecting any). One thing is for certain, the fish work north. Many of the fish will enter large estuaries such as Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay to feed on the potpourri of bait often found where freshwater meets saltwater. The rains have begun and that will help flush the upstream forage to the mouths of the rivers and into the harbors and bays. While the schools of tarpon are not as large as they were and often can be trying to locate if the winds are not exactly right, the crowds of people are gone and the fish are here to feed. GiantTarpon that were temperamental in their feeding prior to the spawn will let their guard down and be responsive to virtually any of our offerings. Simply put, summer is the best time to catch tarpon in Southwest Florida.

For those who love to throw artificial lures on bass tackle and catch GiantTarpon, this is your time to fish. Live bait and dead bait fishing are also techniques we frequently practice. The fishing is often best at first light, at dusk and all night which works great for avoiding the summer heat. 

Over the years, keeping the fishing reports updated and fresh has been challenging when you spend your life on the water. Now, in the era of "smart phones", we have found a way to over-come this hurdle.

All season I have been up-loading live reports and pictures to our Facebook site. We've had an overwhelming response! I'll continue to use this page to keep a general picture of the fishing easily accessible to all. However, we strongly encourage you to join us in being on the cutting edge.

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