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Old 02-14-2011, 11:43 AM
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Thanks to BigbaitBigfish for the info on the St Maarten salt ponds! They were every bit as good as advertised. The wind was literally blowing a constant 20mph and gusting higher for the 2 hours we fished and we still jumped 15+ fish and landed 2. The two we landed were babies, but hey we were basically blind casting into a thunderstorm. On an average day where you could throw in front of rolling fish, I can't imagine how sick this spot would be on medium/light tackle.

As noted by Bigbait, the Johnson Silver Minnow (Gold Spoon) was the best lure. We went through 5 of them. Wish I would've brought 20 as they went really quick getting hung or cut on the bottom.

The only other lures I had were some of the new Shimano Waxwings. At $20 each, I wouldn't recommend them for this application, but on the first cast, a 20lb+ fish exploded on the lure. He jumped twice and spit the hook, but the ride was fun while it lasted.

Here's my pic next to the now famous "University Sign"


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Old 02-14-2011, 12:41 PM
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That's cool! Thanks for posting, I'll be there in two weeks.
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:45 PM
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You gotta give the salt ponds a shot if you haven't in the past. Let me know if you have any questions. (Or PM BigBait as he's the real expert).

Word of warning though... if you have a wife/girlfriend with you, keep them away from the jewelery shops. That baby tarpon cost me close to $1,000 because while I was fishing, my wife was shopping in downtown P'burg.
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Yeah, the ponds never caught my attention because of the smell. Now you've got my attention. Looks like shootin' tarpon in a bowl!
I'm gonna give it a whirl no matter what it costs me
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Glad I could help! Topwater is a lot of fun, but trust me, I tried probably 50 different lures in those waters over 2 years, and the dang gold spoon was the best by far.
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sluggos, and bass assasins work well too.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:45 AM
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gold spoon is killer! also try the corner to the east of the university sign, and all along the parking lot between the university sign and the east corner.

it certainly stinks like high hell. i recommend bringing a bottle of water to drink and also a bottle of water to wash your hands with after handling a fish or dehooking a plastic bag that you snag.
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:36 AM
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LOL! My father-in-law "landed" one of those infamous St. Maarten plastic bags as well. Luckily for me, that's all he landed. He loves nothing more than to out fish me.
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Old 03-01-2011, 08:25 AM
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There's alot better inshore fishing on the island than just the tarpon in the Great Salt Pond.

Sunday morning landed 7 fish, 5 of which where snook, the largest weighing in at 8 kilos.

Wind was strong, surf was rough but the fish were on the feed.


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Old 03-01-2011, 07:26 PM
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Headed to the Island this week for a week. Do you take your rod there, or rent it? Do you need a license, guide, or what?
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:29 PM
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Bring your own rod (you can carryon a 2 piece or just put a rod in a pvc pipe and check it). Don't need a license or guide. Do a search and read my old posts in addition to what was posted above.
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:30 AM
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While it's true you don't need a license or a guide, if you are looking for bigger fish, other species and nice settings you may consider it.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:05 AM
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Default Baby tarpon salt pond St Maarten

http://www.thehulltruth.com/sportfishing-charters-forum/331264-st-maarten-baby-tarpon.html#b Are the tarpon there year round? I'll be in St Maarten 9:26-10/6 what will be in the salt ponds then?
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I never heard of a salt pond, can someone explain what/where they are?

I have been wanting to fish for smaller sized tarpon, I've caught many of the big ones >125lbs but thought it would be great to cast for tarpon. How much did the tarpon weigh that you caught?
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:38 AM
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the tarpon are stuck there, yes they are there year round. the salt pond, i believe, was created by a hurricane, and now has some culverts allowing some sea water to come in and out. the tarpon are stunted due to the size of the water and the availability of food, so the biggest one that I saw was probably 15 lbs or so. maybe there's a 30 lber somewhere in there, but nothing huge
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You don't need to go down to distant islands -lots and lots of baby tarpon everywhere here in south Florida....
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I am visiting St Martin again next week and I would like to try for some tarpon or snook. I am a United States Coast guard licensed captain so I do have some fishing experience. What weight Johnson gold minnows? Rod and reel action? Mono or braid. I would love all details that you are willing to share. Thank you so much fellas

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