Launching Silver Missles
Capt. Larry Pentel
July 18, 2009
Apalachicola - Saltwater Fishing Report
It's been a great week at the "Pass" for putting Tarpon in the air ! After a a rather slow start to the season I have got to put " Houston we have ignition" over the radio at leat twice a day all week. The fish have showed up and are anxious to eat a pogie with a hook in it's mouth. In the past 4 days my anglers have jumped 8 fish, missed several more on the initial bite and we have put 4 to the boat. Most have been fish in the 75# to 100# class but I had a fellow yesterday get a big un to the boat about 170#. That fish only jumped 4 times but knew every trick to try to get off and had us thinking it was over seveal times in the hour and a half fight before I finally got to leader him up at the boat. We ended up coming in before noon and calling it a half day due to weather- I think we could have caught a couple more as many fish as we saw.
Great fun, big times and lots of adrenaline watching all these fish as big as you are crashing around the boat. Alas, the weather has taken a turn for the wet and we seem to stuck on the hill today. I have been the only boat on the water several times the past few days as we are putting these critters through thier paces and acrobatics. I had told all the other guides how many fish had shown up and there were supposed to be 5 of us out today ( always more fun with several fish hooked and jumping at once !) Better weather is forcast for tomorrow- I'm as excited as my anglers!!
The tripletails are still here but not in the numbers of a couple weeks ago- about the time the Tarpon starting getting thick the 'tails kinda thinned out. We are still seeing a few everyday and catching some but I haven't seen more than a dozen in 1 day this past week----. One reason may be that whe you spend 4 hours of the day fighting 100# Tarpons you just aren't really looking for 15# fish-----
I have got 8 more days here of catching BIG fish and then have to go back to Seagrove and Grayton to get the last couple weeks of Red Snapper season in ( a pox on the Feds!) Gotta pay for those Yamaha's tho !
Pictures Soon !
capt Larry Pentel
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