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Old 06-29-2014, 08:51 AM
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Looking for recommendations on tarpon fishing on FL West Coast. Just my wife & I, not too interested in fighting the crowd at Boca Grande Pass. Prefer a quiet atmosphere. We have no limitations on destination or time.
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Plenty of options, beach fishing anywhere on the west coast, pick a resort you like, sanibel, captiva, Venice, Sarasota, Bradenton, st Pete, Clearwater...then u got the keys...

Captiva area, for a fish and "romantic" getaway, pine island area, little gaspirilla, inn on boca grande..options are many
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Don't let BG Pass keep you away from Boca Grande entirely. Go get a yourself an on island rental condo (Sea Oats is good) for a week and fish the beaches or harbor. Plenty of options north and south to fish.

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Haven't been out this WE but was in Boca Pass on Wednesday and it was not crowded at all. Lots of Tarpon rolling; didn't see any being caught but I didn't stick around long. I did see a couple of hookups in Gasparilla Pass.
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Also plenty of tarpon off the beaches in Boca Grande. Plenty of opportunities there without messing around with the pass.
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The tarpon fishing has been on fire lately off of Sarasota. I personally catch them off my kayak 50-100 yards off the beach.
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Email Blake of www.flatsfishr.com and ask his advice. amazing captain that can put you on the tarpon without the BGP crowds.
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Originally Posted by SarasotaWhaler View Post
The tarpon fishing has been on fire lately off of Sarasota. I personally catch them off my kayak 50-100 yards off the beach.

What rod / reel / line / lure setup is best for Tarpon.
Thanks. ...... ICM
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Change of plans, wife decided she wants to head down to Key West.... Need two boats ( father in law in tow). Any recommended guides?
Tarpon fishing, spinning rods......

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Look up Tommy Z with Dream catcher charters out of Key West!! He will put you on tarpon
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Originally Posted by Ice Cream Man View Post
What rod / reel / line / lure setup is best for Tarpon.
Thanks. ...... ICM
I use a crowder 8 ft rod with a Shimano Thunnus 12000 reel. Spooled with 60lb yellow braid and either 50/60lb Fluorocarbon leader. For bait I use small blue crabs/pass crabs or pin fish with a bobber. I have been catching them this way since I move down here.

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