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 Post subject: Tarpon
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:20 am 
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Location: New York, Ft Myers (part time)
Heading down to sw Florida in a few weeks, weather permitting, and planning to do some tarpon fly fishing in the creeks surrounding Estero bay.

Anyone fishing the surrounding creeks and seeing any juvi tarpon? Also how is the water?

I had my poorest fishing this past winter down there, no baitfish in the creeks and very few tarpon. Hope fishing is improving!

Stay safe with the storm coming!


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 Post subject: Re: Tarpon
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:06 pm 
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Bill D

Wish I could help you with baby tarpon spots around Estero Bay.
But, I target them closer to home here in Cape Coral and Pine Island.
They are very challenging as you must find them rolling or tailing then figure out how to get one to strike.

Good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Tarpon
PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:49 am 
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I have also found JV tarpon rolling often on the north end of Pine Island and not been able to get them to eat! Any ideas out there? I read one suggestion that tarpon are the laziest fish out there and the best way to get them to strike is to move your fly or lure as slow as possible. I intend to try that the next time I find them. I have always believed that when tarpon are eating, they will eat anything, but when they are not eating, they won’t take a live mullet!


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 Post subject: Re: Tarpon
PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:27 am 
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I keep scouting the NW Cape canals for tarpon and not many sightings the past few weeks.

But, I keep two fly rods and 3 or 4 spin rods in the truck at all times so am always ready to cast to any seen rolling.

No magic formula for getting one to eat but such fun when it happens.


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 Post subject: Re: Tarpon
PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:21 pm 
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During the summer months I was seeing tarpon most every day early, around sunrise, in both Pine Island Sound and Matlacha Pass. I believe that with the seasonal colder weather and water, the tarpon have moved into the Cape Coral canals, however, I do not usually fish in the canals. My pool guy tells me that the NW Cape canals are now loaded with snook and tarpon. When rolling during the summer months, they would usually hit a topwater (walk-the-dog) or a soft plastic on a jig head. Sorry, I am not familiar with the Estero area.


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