Capt. Mike Locklear
June 12, 2010
Homosassa - Saltwater Fishing Report
Tom Evans record 194.1 pound tarpon became official recently by the IGFA. Capt. Al Dopirak of Crystal Springs gave me the word a few days ago. The tippet was tested and broke at 9 pounds 8 ounces. That will make the big momma into the record books under the 12 pound class tippet category.
Bayport Florida is receiving most of the claims for Homosassa's tarpon these days as the fish are being weighed in along the Weeki Wachee River. When the old Tradewinds was demolished that finished off the history of the guides coming up from the Florida Keys and elsewhere. However, Crystal River Best Western Resorts, The Last Resort, Riverside Inn Resort and MacRae's still cater to four of the top qualified guides and their clients.
Captains Jim Long, John Bazo and Charlie Harris top the list. All have had a good week and hooked their clients up with tarpon. The Bayport Guides also have had better action than in May. These include Captains Dan Malzone, Al Dopirak and Ronnie Richards to just name a few.
The Deep Horizon oil spill so far has remained offshore 150 miles and remaining to drift south towards the Florida Straits. At this time all under high alert we are in the clear for the next month or two. Their is one benefit that some of us believe has actually improved the tarpon fishing from the oil spill. The tarpon have turned around and have been heading south.
It is believed by top tarpon guides that the largest strain of tarpon on the west coast of Florida have been spared so far. However, their larvae may be killed as these great fish lay their eggs into the Loop Current out to 125-200 miles out. This is such a tragedy that later down the road for future generation Florida tarpon guides the future looks very bleak.
Yesterday, I hooked a monster tarpon while out for an afternoon solo trip. This was the most beautiful sight in the world for me as I watched the tarpon come up and eat the fly.
Scallop season will open early this year beginning on June 19. Not so good for tarpon guides as the boat traffic will distort the migration and make them wary.
Oh well, first the oil spill and now scallop season opening early. I am hoping the effects are minimal as our Governor is making the right choices.
So far, I have not had one client not come to fish because of the bad news of the oil spill that I am aware of at this time.. I may be an exception. Some have lost up to 20 days so far. But rest assured the tarpon fishing is getting better as we roll past new moon today.
Panhandle tarpon have turned on and I plan on heading up that way for the month of July.
Have a great day.
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