Tarpon season kick off


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Posted by BIll Bishop on 2013-03-07 14:44:11

I realize I am well ahead of the first fish showing in our waters around Boca Grande however elected to move my mother ship to the west coast early this season. I looked forward to making the crossing in cooler temps so my departure date from New Smyrna was March 4th.

That first morning I woke up onboard High Rollers to 30 degrees and an ice covered deck. So much for wishing for cooler temps. The first couple of hours in the fly bridge were brutal until the sun got up. Other than that the trip down the east coast was great as was crossing the state by way of the St. Lucie, Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River. 35 knot winds met us on the final leg north to Boca Grande.

The boat is squared away in Gasparilla Marina and like me, waiting for the first early fish to start to show later this month.

If things unravel the way they did last season some early tarpon show first in the back country as well as the resident fish that really don't migrate. This is enjoyable even though the numbers are fewer but so are the anglers willing to put in a full days fishing for limited numbers of shots.

The concept of using the hatteras as a base is not new however it is for me. Last year was my first attempt to take the boat to different fisheries and I was pleased this trip at the level of confidence I have gained handling the boat in tight quarters and working the various systems to keep things comfortable and safe.

Except for a few short trips here and there with my wife the boat will stay put in Boca Grande until June and then head south to fish the glades and the Gold cup.


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