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Flamingo - Everglades National Park

Capt. Ariel Cabrera
September 5, 2002
Flamingo - Saltwater Fishing Report

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Just before snook opening season we managed some phenomenal fishing in Florida Bay. Nicole Dennison of Rockport, Chicago brought along here sister Karen and nephew Andrew for some quick morning action. The trio managed to catch their limit of mangrove snapper and a trout within the first hour of fishing. Nicole also jumped a small tarpon but the fish didn’t stay on the hook long enough. We’d end this day by hooking some ladyfish and giving a last shot at snook. Mistakenly, a large shark grabbed the pole holding the bait intended for snook and a cut-off was experienced. Andrew took over at the helm all the way back to the marina and did a fantastic job at filleting the fresh snapper.

Two days later Bill would join wife Nicole for a super day. Nicole would start the day by jumping a good sized tarpon but finished by putting three inside the boat. Bill was not far behind and he also landed a tarpon. Nicole would also get a redfish, jack, and a few more snapper. These were perfect-sized baby tarpon considering the light tackle used.

You wouldn't guess what happened while on a charter with this nice couple from Chicago. Again, while shark fishing at the end of the day as per Nicole's request three large tripletails come floating by my boat. To keep the story short Bill unexpectedly hooks and brings the tripletail to boat side where I got one sweep with the landing net.

Simultaneously there was a large shark hooked and peeling line. The rod bent in stress could not even be pulled out of the holder in time. It spooled us and lost the tripletail. It could have been the icing on the

cake but just wasn't meant to be and that is OK. The good news is that Nicole and Bill boated 4 baby tarpon. They were very excited about this tripletail mystery fish and so was I. I’m already looking forward to fishing with them again this November.

Later Arnie Soler would try with me for another shot at snook and we sure snooked them. Arnie caught and released a 30” snook followed by another one of 29”. Both fish were caught on a root beer D.O.A. terroreyze. Arnie and friend “chi-chin” also caught snapper, three nice trout, and a couple of 3-4 pound jacks.

Capt. Ariel

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