Had a great day on the water testing out a few things on the big boat getting ready for Tarpon Season. I started out on the low incoming tide so i ran over to check out some redfish that i need for Sundays charter i show up and a mullet boat was working the area but still got one on the jig none on the fly so we started to hit the trout spots and we were getting 10 here and 10 there till we hit the last place and we must have caught 200 in a hour and a half on jigs and fly. I just hope it holds out for the next week.
With a cold front moving in late today and a negative tide it made the perfect recipe for lots of Redfish on the long rod. I was so excited about going to throw the fly with fellow Capt. Harrison Hodges that i got up at 4am and head to the ramp to check out the bridge for some late season Tarpon. I put in and made the short run to the bridge and got setup just to find a few Tarpon moving up and down the light line and got a few shots at them but no hookups so i went back to the ramp to pick up Harrison and head to the flat to chase a the Redfish around at low tide and after a hour of poling down the flat where we have been having killing the Redfish on fly only to get a few shots and 1 24in redfish. We picked up and headed south to try a different flat on the west side of Tampa Bay and stared poling down the shore line in a foot of water and found a steady flow of big Redfish going by so i put down the Power Pole and tied on a small crab fly on that has been working great.
I made 10 good shots with no takers so we started to change up flies from different crab and shrimp patterns and finally found one that worked a new shrimp pattern that my friend Ron Cavalier just tied the other day and after a few more shots i connected to a nice tournament size Redfish 26 3/4 inch’s long and than the wind stared to pick up and made sight casting hard so we made the run back to the ramp and put the boat on the trailer and get ready for the next few days.
Capt. Jim Lemke
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