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Tarpon Hit or Miss in the 10,000 Islands

Capt. Jeff Buckley
May 4, 2008
Ten Thousand Islands - Saltwater Fishing Report

On April 24 I took Sal out from New York. We were in the backwater and saw juvenile tarpon roll. We hooked on 2 and got a 6 foot spinner shark that we fought for 3 hours.

On the 25th and 26th I took out a Fishing Club out of Sarasota through Everglades Angler. The Ten Thousand Island water was murky from all the winds, but it was clear off shore. Tarpon was not rolling, but a week prior they were there. We got on a school of black tip - seven in all- and some snook and mangrove snapper.

On the 28th I took out Jack and his girlfriend from Chicago. Still looking for tarpon rolling, but there were none in sight in the backwater. Winds would not allow us to get offshore. We were able to get some snook and 2 bull sharks that were 6 foot and 150 lbs.

29th took out Tom from Las Vegas. Still looking for tarpon. Still none showing offshore. Went into the backwater and were able to get 2 tarpon. One was 90 lbs and the 2nd was over 130 lbs. Also got a couple of jacks. Water temp 80 degrees in the shallows. Winds still a problem for water clarity.

Target Species:

tarpon, jack, snook , mangrove snapper

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I am a USCG License / Insured Charter Captain and was associated with Fishing Charter Services as a Captain since the 90's. Marco Island and south into the Everglades offers some of the best fishing in the world with all it's islands, shores and rivers. With a specialty designed Flats Boat we will navigate these shallow waters including remote areas in the Back Country.

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Fishing-Everglades with Capt Jeff Buckley
3907 Recreation Lane
Naples, FL 34116
Phone: 239-455-7996
Alt. Phone: 239-398-0472
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