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Old 03-30-2004, 12:41 PM
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We got into the big ones today on the Caloosahatchee. We had 5 on but none close to the boat. It was really rough on the tackle. Straigthened the hooks on some lures and just pulled them off the others. Going back out at 4:30. They have got to be 100+ lbs. Using Bombers on 60 # test trolling.
Any ideas how to beef up the tackle for these?
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Old 03-30-2004, 02:10 PM
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I dont know anything about tarpon but for Bluefin Tuna we change out the split rings and the hooks on lures. We use small metal lures in the 3 oz range to match the bait. Owner hooks seem to be razor sharp and strong. Gamakatsu makes good hooks also. I dont know how some of the plugs would hold up but I doubt very well.
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Old 03-30-2004, 02:58 PM
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Trolling for tarpon??
That is funny.
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Old 03-30-2004, 03:42 PM
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I was told by an oldtimer in the Keys, they used to troll the old 7 mile bridge
in cars. Just drive along with the rod out the window, when they hooked up
they would stop the car and fight the fish from the bridge. Don't think that
would work in todays traffic.
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Old 03-30-2004, 03:52 PM
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Capt Bill Welder - 2004-03-30 2:58 PM

Trolling for tarpon??
That is funny.
why is that funny? theres a whole fleet of boats over here that does nothing but troll **** pops for monster tarpon in west delta in the summer
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Old 03-30-2004, 04:26 PM
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cgrand: Some people have tunnel vision, not understanding what goes on outside of their own little world. BTW: (1) Prop is on the way. (2)May be in the Venice area late September on one of the motherships.

Dry Rot: Best to change out the split rings as ccm said, and you need to go to Owner 4x trebles - they're not cheap, but they hold their shape. Are you doin' it up by the locks or where. Not want to say How about a PM. I'm at Punta Rassa next Monday & Tuesday & maybe I'll bring you a couple of Owner trebles.
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Old 03-30-2004, 04:45 PM
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let me know if you come...i can trailer down & try to keep up!
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Old 03-31-2004, 03:55 AM
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First Light,
1st slow zone between Power Lines and trestle. Early and late. Slow zone ends tomorrow so late will porbably be no good.
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Old 03-31-2004, 06:46 AM
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OK, thanks. Were they up in the shallower water or in the channel? Also, Dave Westra at Lehr's probably has the Owner 4x trebles.
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Old 03-31-2004, 10:49 AM
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First Light.
This morning we had 3 hits but no catches. Of the four boats that were out, two landed fish. They are at all depths. You will see them rolling.
Where is Lehrs? I found it. In N. Ft Myers.
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Old 03-31-2004, 06:46 PM
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Capt Bill Welder - 2004-03-30 2:58 PM

Trolling for tarpon??
That is funny.
Nothing funny about it. It's the most effective way of catching them, short of using sticks. We trolled 6" Creek Chub Pikie Minnows in Costa Rica thirty years ago. I'd get rid of the split rings. They're the weakest link.
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Old 04-01-2004, 05:35 PM
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hawknest00, I never said it was not effective. I said I thought it was funny.
Effective Yes.
Funny Yes.
Probably other adjectives too.
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Old 04-02-2004, 08:27 PM
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Captain, what is the proper way to catch tarpon? Is there a book somewhere that explains the "right" way to do it or would we have to learn that from you?
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Old 04-02-2004, 08:41 PM
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Hey thomas - I like your question.
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Old 04-02-2004, 09:04 PM
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I don't care who y'are

ain't nothin worse the catchin a tampon
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Old 04-02-2004, 09:25 PM
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Tampon, Tarpom or tarpon it is still funny.
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Old 04-04-2004, 05:42 PM
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hand feeding wild tarpon
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Old 04-06-2004, 08:35 AM
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Hey Thomas, I know folks that catch 'em with cut mullet on bars. I bet the Capt. thinks that's funny, too.
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Old 04-06-2004, 05:33 PM
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Hey!
Follow up with "Trolling for Tarpon: That's funny." and see an unretoutched picture of yesterday.
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Old 04-07-2004, 01:35 PM
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I was with a guide in Marathon just a few weeks ago that casts Bombers and Raps routinely for Tarpon. Casting, Trolling.. a plug is a plug. If it works, go for it. I have yet to fish with a guide that fished Tarpon the same way. I've been on 6 charters in 2 years. The only common thread has been the anchoring technique. Every guide caught fish. It appears to not be so much a matter of where and how, but rather "when". Best luck has always been on the incoming tide. Great after dark bite.
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