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Old 09-08-2019, 09:13 PM
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Default Tips on the flats during the mullet run

Had a somewhat of a great day fishing. I hit all my spots and the fish were there. I had a dozen shrimp, a dozen pin fish, an army of soft plastics, top water baits, and jigs. The morning started with an area I scouted last week. It was a canal that I knew held snook. When we got there they were there. We threw top waters first, then pin fish. They didnít bite. I figured the bite wasnít on yet so I moved after about an hour. My next spot had tarpon rolling. I came up on three swimming together in a channel with good moving water. Again threw plugs, then shrimp, then pinfish. They didnít bite either. The water was clear everywhere we went. We used 30lb flouro so I donít think presentation was the issue. I am thinking that the fish were there but didnít want to eat. My guess is that with the abundance of mullet they didnít like my offerings. Any ideas?

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Try Pro Cure Mullet scent on your lures.
Slow down your retrieve.
Check the solunar major & minor bite times......ICM
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Why not try mullet?
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I mean that's one good guess, or they wanted mullet...but with Tarpon you never know. Sometimes fish just don't bite and it's not your fault. lol
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Originally Posted by DarcizzleOffshore View Post
I mean that's one good guess, or they wanted mullet...but with Tarpon you never know. Sometimes fish just don't bite and it's not your fault. lol
I am honored that you read and replied. Thank you. I am hitting my spot again this weekend with mullet chunks on my bottom rod. The last time I hooked a tarpon was on a small Yozuri diving plug.

Old 09-10-2019, 09:26 AM
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I use an unweighted fluke in new penny color when I see tarpon rolling. Twitch pause twitch twitch pause, every pause is about a second. I catch a lot of tarpon and snook this way. Slow trolling live mullet is also a great way to catch tarpon.
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Originally Posted by Irie243 View Post


I am honored that you read and replied. Thank you. I am hitting my spot again this weekend with mullet chunks on my bottom rod. The last time I hooked a tarpon was on a small Yozuri diving plug.

Thanks.
Congrats, I've caught a few on yozuir cystal minnows as well. As anyone will tell you tarpon are weird, they'll eat one thing at one bridge, something different the next, and every region seems different and also very seasonal. I'd start with "match the hatch."
They do that fluke thing a lot below Naples. Just with a circle hook through the bait. I couldn't believe it. lol
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Take a mullet net , catch the mullet , take them home and fry them up .
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Originally Posted by Tdavis7 View Post
Take a mullet net , catch the mullet , take them home and fry them up .
Iíve never had it before.are they any good? Or Does it taste like chicken?
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Originally Posted by Irie243 View Post

Iíve never had it before.are they any good? Or Does it taste like chicken?
Fresh bay mullet are probably one of my favorite fish to eat , salt pepper cornmeal and some hot grease .


Fry the backbones for appetizer

Smaller ones are better for frying
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“ unweighted fluke “? Please explain, I’ve never heard of this.
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Originally Posted by DarcizzleOffshore View Post
Thanks.
Congrats, I've caught a few on yozuir cystal minnows as well. As anyone will tell you tarpon are weird, they'll eat one thing at one bridge, something different the next, and every region seems different and also very seasonal. I'd start with "match the hatch."
They do that fluke thing a lot below Naples. Just with a circle hook through the bait. I couldn't believe it. lol
I use it in Jupiter and Miami. It works everywhere, really, because it's a generalist lure with great action that can be fished lots of ways.
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Originally Posted by mikee332 View Post
“ unweighted fluke “? Please explain, I’ve never heard of this.
Common in bass fishing. Just gooogle a pic of a Zoom Super Fluke. Rig it with a 5/0 Gamakatsu offset shank worm hook. There is no more deadly bait than a fluke IMO.


OP, I was out Sunday and the bright blue skies and high pressure had the fish really not terribly interested. I caught a few but I bet I put baits in front of hundreds of fish that either swirled on it or just didn't eat.
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Originally Posted by Jim311 View Post
Common in bass fishing. Just gooogle a pic of a Zoom Super Fluke. Rig it with a 5/0 Gamakatsu offset shank worm hook. There is no more deadly bait than a fluke IMO.


OP, I was out Sunday and the bright blue skies and high pressure had the fish really not terribly interested. I caught a few but I bet I put baits in front of hundreds of fish that either swirled on it or just didn't eat.
I am headed back out this Saturday, though it looks like we are getting some tropical weather. I am taking some chunk mullet as some have caught a bunch of different species this way. As my second option I am going to try a Ned Rig with a little pro-cure as Iíve never tried the smelly gel. Third option will be what I caught my last Tarpon in muddy water though the water is clear in this area, you never know. Lastly I will try the unweighted fluke and the Yozuri ghost I caught a nice snook with last year similar area.
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I like to rig the flukes with a mustad 39944 2/0 to 5/0 black circle hook, depending on the size of the fish. Tarpon will inhale the whole thing and turn. They pretty much hook themselves. Use a loop knot for sure.

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Originally Posted by cronced View Post
I use it in Jupiter and Miami. It works everywhere, really, because it's a generalist lure with great action that can be fished lots of ways.
Oh totally agree, I'm just usually on the live bait train, my bf has been trying that fluke stuff, did great on snook with a worm hook, hasn't used the circle enough to say...but he is usually on cam duty of course.
I just learned about that method in SSW FL a couple years ago is all I'm saying. Did catch one on it. Monster.
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Originally Posted by cronced View Post
I like to rig the flukes with a mustad 39944 2/0 to 5/0 black circle hook, depending on the size of the fish. Tarpon will inhale the whole thing and turn. They pretty much hook themselves. Use a loop knot for sure.
Gotta love the simplicity behind this one. I will certainly try it this weekend. Wish we could all jump on the boat and give each otherís methods a try. That might prove to be a good show.
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Originally Posted by Irie243 View Post

Gotta love the simplicity behind this one. I will certainly try it this weekend. Wish we could all jump on the boat and give each otherís methods a try. That might prove to be a good show.
I like this idea for a show but most of the methods I use are too simple to be entertaining.
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Originally Posted by Jim311 View Post
Common in bass fishing. Just gooogle a pic of a Zoom Super Fluke. Rig it with a 5/0 Gamakatsu offset shank worm hook. There is no more deadly bait than a fluke IMO.


OP, I was out Sunday and the bright blue skies and high pressure had the fish really not terribly interested. I caught a few but I bet I put baits in front of hundreds of fish that either swirled on it or just didn't eat.
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I like to rig the flukes with a mustad 39944 2/0 to 5/0 black circle hook, depending on the size of the fish. Tarpon will inhale the whole thing and turn. They pretty much hook themselves. Use a loop knot for sure.
Thanks, I usually am using live or dead bait when fishing. Iíll have to give these a try.

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