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April 30, 2007

Florida Keys Tarpon Fishing Report, April, 22 to 30, 2007

Greetings from The Florida Keys

During this period the Tarpon fishing was poor, with water temperatures ranging between 73 and 79 degrees with mostly north winds. I fished 4 charters during this period, with Arlene and Don War fishing on the 26th. Arlene hooked a big Tarpon which raced toward a bridge and broke us off around a bridge piling.

Another day I got to fish around flamingo with another guide and another friend, I managed to catch some sea trout, a few small Redfish, and a Lemon Shark on fly. This was a good day off and gave me a chance to rewind while preparing fro the influx of giant Tarpon which will begin this week.

I fished with Paul Wooten and Jim Seagraves from Tampa on the 28th and 29th with little success. We saw a string of 7 Tarpon on the 28th which Paul cast to, the big female followed the fly then turned away. Later on the 29th Jim jumped a very small baby Tarpon which spit the hook.

Yesterday a friend told me that they saw 800 Tarpon heading this way up around rodregus key, Captain Bobby Jones saw several hundred Tarpon neat Islamorada, and Neil Light saw 50 moving Tarpon near sugarloaf Key. The water temperature finally reached 80 degrees which is in the comfort zone for migrating Tarpon. Although this month was the hardest April for Tarpon fishing that I have ever experienced, that should mean that the fishing will be real good during May and June. In any event I feel confident that hundreds of Tarpon will move into Keys waters today as the water finally gets to the right temperature. More Reports to follow. Please let me know if you have any interest in Tarpon Fishing during the second half of June?

Regards,
Jake