Sunday, October 11, 2009

Tarpon Fishing Naples 10/11/09

I have always said October is one of the best months to tarpon fish in Naples. This last week was as good as it gets anywhere for tarpon. I started the week fishing with good friend and guide Jeff Legutkiout of Naples. I put the boat in the water early to hit the early outgoing tide in the Pass. We netted some ladyfish and big pilchards and set up around 630. After a quick anchor switch I was hooked up to a nice fish around 60lbs, nice release and I hooked up again only throw the hook on the second jump. We were setup perfect the only problem was another boat trying to anchor 25ft behind us, some people just dont understand. Jeff hooked the third fish and got her to the boat and we decided to go search some areas off the beaches. Every Fall huge schools of bait make there way south were tarpon, sharks, mackeral and plenty of seagulls are waiting. It wasnt 10 minutes upon arrival that Jeff was hooked up on fly to a nice 70lb fish. This was only the beginning, from 8am-1pm we proceeded to put land 3 fish on fly and 3 on baitbusters. We lost 10 Calcutta swim baits, 8 baitbusters and broke two fly lines. All said and done hooked over 20 fish and had 4 double headers. We left the biting and nothing left to throw at them. Thrursday I had Dave Tepper on the boat to film the carnage,Todd took his boat with Jeff again on board. They both caught fish to 90lbs on fly I lost three on fly and one on a baitbuster. Today was more about the filming than fishing, Dave got some great footage of tarpon eating bait 5ft from the boat. Friday I had Rich and Donnie on the boat at 630am. We were loaded with pilchards, ladyfish and swim baits. Donnie started it off with a beautiful 90lb fish on a ladyfish. We lost three more on ladyfish and then the tarpon went nuts on bait pods. We hooked 8 tarpon in less than 1.5hrs on pilchards and swim baits. We didnt land any but they got to see somegreat jumps and the fish were right off the bow. The wind picked up early and we messed with the mackeral and sharks before heading back to the dock. I was to busy to get any pics but my good friends Rick and Dave were down shooting pics from Ft Myers. They do great work and got amzing pics