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Capt. Locklear says fly caught tarpon hungry!

Capt. Mike Locklear
July 30, 2010
Homosassa - Saltwater Fishing Report

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Tarpon season for me is nearly over except I will not put away my fly rods until after Labor Day. If you are trying to get a last shot at hungry tarpon on the fly, I am open this coming Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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This past season was so different with the late winter and the threat of oil contamination. Never in my life until recently, worried about such a tragedy. And it is far from over.

The good news is that oil and water does not mix. But, one can not overlook the vastness of our natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico that will be affected. This occurence has opened the eyes of many peoples ideas of how to protect for instance, the Oyster beds of Apalachicola.

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I can not look too far into the future as my life is full of excitement with my daughter getting married next week and two more days of guiding left this month. It is pretty much one day at a time with some planning to see if I can in fact help with the oil crisis after the wedding.

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The oil boom did, in fact, scare the tarpon into not biting for most of the month in both Franklin and Wakulla counties. Just this past week, most of the boom blocking was moved offshore and relieved some pressure of the paths of migratory tarpon. They chewed better this past week with yesterday being the best so far this season.

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My immediate plans are to continue to fish in oil free waters and walk the pretty beaches of Franklin counties and take a much need vacation with and for my wife and have some family time.

Scalloping in Citrus County waters is the plan for the next couple of days and maybe a little trout and red fish fishing with one of the Coca-Cola executives and their friends and family of the Homosassa Fishing Club.

Drink plenty of water if you are outside and keep the Coppertone 45 on. Fish early or at night. If you must fish in the heat of the day, keep your body covered as much as you can stand.

If you are planning a Labor Day Holiday and want to hire a guide, I have plenty of guides to refer you to. Please give me a call at 352-422-1927 or e-mail me at captmikelocklear@gmail.com.

Hope to be with you on the water!

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