Re: Keep them coming.....

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Posted by Dan Blanton on 2013-04-13 11:53:46 in reply to Re: Keep them coming..... posted by Bill Bishop on 2013-04-13 06:01:05


You are so right about [spots] and [places] and being there at the right time. If you're there at the wrong time the spot/place will be the Dead Sea as far as tarpon go.

I vividly recall one afternoon fishing with my Captain, Ray Fecher. We were returning from the Marquesas, running the lakes. Ray stopped on the edge of NW Channel and just sat there looking. It was not one of our normal spots. I asked him what was up. He told me that the guy in the skiff sitting on one of our favorite stops would be moving in about 15 minutes and then we'd move in. I asked how he knew this and he revealed that they guy was there at the wrong tide, probably had been for a while and he was going to tire of waiting and would move. I was a bit sceptical but sure enough the guy pulled the pole and left about 15 minutes later.

We moved in and within 10 minutes the fish started showing up and I jumped two or three within the next 40 minutes, landing a good one. The tide wasn't quite to their liking when the other skiff was there. I've seen that happen so many times. Tides and time are EVERYTHING!

As a guide you also can't hide very well on the ocean side flats or anywhere from Key West to the Marquesas. You stick out like the proverbial sore thumb. One year Ray found the fish way up high on Lavina Bank. No one was fishing there and we had the fish for a few days. All the guides know each other's skiffs and of course they quickly figured out that Ray had something going on and finally one morning when we arrived to fish the area again there were two or three other guide skiffs poling that bank.

Secrets are hard to keep even if you keep your mouth shut.


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