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Big Tarpon Back In Action

Capt. Larry Pentel
July 28, 2008
Apalachicola - Saltwater Fishing Report

After my last report the fishing went along just great with us putting at least 1 fish in the air every day I had a tarpon trip and averaging over 1 a day to the boat. Then hurricane Dolly kicked up the surf last Tues. and the Tarpon shut down. Not slowed down but shut down. Tarpon like it calm and if the surf only comes up for a day it dosn't seem to bother 'em. When it's rough for 3 days tho they pull a Houdini and just vanish.

There are enough other options around to keep an angler busy tho and my folks caught sharks and trout and tripletails in the silver kings absence. Finally, after 5 days of no big fish we saw quite a few yesterday and had a couple bite. This morning, with just 1 angler on the boat and us the only boat out, the fish went ballistic. I guess they had to make up for not feeding much for almost a week. At 11 AM my angler told me to take him in - said he was happy and beat down and couldn't catch another fish. He had jumped 5, breaking one off after 6 jumps (his tackle) and geting a big fish to the boat after 45 minutes on my tackle (sorry, just a little dig against braided line-not the angler). The fish I leadered up was over 150#, probably 'round 175# -and we didn't jump a fish under 100#. I saw several fish crashing in the 250# range but with all the activity it was hard to focus on just 1 fish. I convinced my angler we could catch something less demanding so I broke out a light rod and we went Tripletailing. After throwing at a few and landing a good 'un he decided we made the right call---

The fish are here and chewin' again. I just checked my answering machine and my trip tomorrow just canceled. Darn it!!! The bites hot and these folks don't have a clue what they are missing!!!! Oh well, I need to change oil in the engines, respool all the reels, wax the hull etc..

But you know, if it gets too hot in the yard before noon I may just have to go out on the water to cool off---and if I happen to jump a fish or 2 I'll just say I was making sure I had that new line packed good------Think my wife'll buy it or will I have to cut the grass?

I promise I'll have pictures posted when I get back to Seagrove.

I still have a few open Tarpon dates. It should stay calm barring any tropical weather and the Silver Kings should keep on chewin'!!!!! Give me a call and come see the show!!

capt Larry Pentel

Apalachicola Fishing Forecast:

Lots of Silver missles being launched.

Target Species:

tarpon, tripletails

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Gulf Fishing off Grayton Beach in beautiful South Walton. Red Snapper to Cobia to King Mackeral to Grouper. No need to get up early or drive for an hour to a marina. We will pick you up on the beach and be on a reef or wreck in usually less than 15 minutes. Some of the Gulfs best fishing lies just offshore of the snow white sands of South Walton. We also offer Tarpon trips at Indian Pass during the summer run. July and August have large schools of giant Silver Kings feeding just off the beach.

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Dead Fish Charters
174 Watercolor Way, Suite 103
PMB 280
Seagrove Beach, FL 32459
Phone: 850-685-1092
Alt. Phone: 850-231-6991
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