Wednesday, May 29 2019

Bob's Big Tarpon...

The gulf was pretty bumpy today with a very stiff wind out of the SW and I was worried if anything was going to happen. Bob was with me once again and we began the day on the inside looking for tarpon. We saw a couple fish here and there, but nothing to really target. I made a run to a shallow ledge a couple miles offshore to get some action and we caught another nice cobia and some gags to bend the rod for us. The seas were SLOWLY improving and I made another stop for a tarpon. Well, I shut down and three fish rolled immediately and in no time Bob was hooked up. He did a tremendous job fighting the fish and congratulations on such a large one as well... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, May 22 2019

Tarpon on Fly...

Hello everyone, well the tarpon season so far has been the typical tarpon fishing scenario. Some days we jump or land a fish and others all we get to do is look at them. Tim had a great day with me this week as he presented the fly beautifully to a string of fish and hooked up to a beauty of a Nature Coast tarpon. He fought the fish for over an hour on his 11wt fly rod and we brought her boat side for pictures and a healthy release. The old reliable cockroach fly pattern did the job and great job Tim... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, May 16 2019

Crystal River Tarpon...

A good start to my tarpon season as I had Dave on board and he boated the first fish. He and I had a really fun day covering quite a bit of ground. The wind was up for the morning hours and we had to wait a couple hours for it to lay down to see some fish. Finally around noonish, the conditions got right and he hooked up. He did a terrific job and congratulations on your first tarpon... Capt. Dan

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Monday, May 13 2019

Tarpon Ready...

Hello everyone, well this is the time of year when I switch gears to mainly tarpon fishing. I'll be targeting them for the most part all the way until the end of June, with just a couple other charters mixed in. I added a new bow mount trolling motor to the Silver King this year and after missing last year due to my medical issues, I'm really looking forward to this season. The flies are tied and fly rods ready - I'll see you all soon... Capt. Dan

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Friday, Jan 05 2018

Icy Snook....

A quick update before today's report.. Well folks, it looks like a major snook kill for our area from the Withlacoochee area to Chassahowitzka. I've seen lots of pictures of dead snook of all sizes and even though we still have several thousand that are safe in the rivers, the "outside" population took the hit. We'll still have fish to catch, but like the 2010 freeze; it will take some time to recuperate... However though, I did have a great first charter to start 2018 with the Beeson party in Homosassa. Myself and Capt's. Mark Zorn, William Toney, Rick Spratt and John Hamilton all had ice on board our boats and we made something happen in the cold conditions. The gang and I stayed in the river and had some luck with a mixed bag around the springs. Snook, red fish, jacks, large mouth bass, trout and we even jumped a tarpon, filled out our day. It's a small area, but we did OK, as the gulf will be slow for quite a few days. Here's Phil with one of the larger snook of the day... Capt. Dan

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Wednesday, Jun 28 2017

Tough Tarpon...

Always a fun time with Joe on board and for today's trip, tarpon were on the target list. I did make a couple stops on the way out for red fish and Joe secured a fine upper slot fish for his dinner. We left the keys and went to the tarpon grounds. Well, to say the least - the tarpon were tough. The wind swap out of the East had them just rolling up and down and not "in a happy" mood. We tried an assortment of live and artificial baits, but wasn't meant to be. Still, it's always great to be in fish, see them roll and I thank you Joe as always for the fun time... Capt. Dan

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Tuesday, Jun 13 2017

Nice Fish...

A great morning with Jim on board and we found the happy tarpon. Jim and I ran to a channel that had some fish rolling and presented the DOA bait busters once again. An accurate cast and perfect retrieve; Jim actually hooked up on his first cast. A terrific morning, I thank you and congratulations... Capt. Dan

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Sunday, Jun 11 2017

Tom's Tarpon on Fly...

A very fun couple of days with Tom on board and he reached the ultimate in fly-fishing - landing a tarpon on the fly. Tom was using one of my personal flies and presented it beautifully to a string of fish. The fourth fish back ate the fly and the fight was on. We got her to the boat with several leader touches and also with a broken rod, which I eventually just popped the leader by hand and let the fish swim away. A great achievement and congratulations Mr. Tom... Capt. Dan

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Thursday, Jun 08 2017

Tough Poons...

We found some rolling tarpon today, but they didn't cooperate to nicely for us. Joe was on board with the for the day and we gave it our all. From live baits to artificial they snubbed their nose at us; except one big fish did explode on a free lined live mullet. The wind was up as well, which made the conditions challenging. To save the day though, we hit the creeks and had some snook action to put a bend in the rod. Always a great time with you bud and I'll see you soon... Capt. Dan

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Monday, Jun 05 2017

Bob's Tarpon...

The weather was against us today, but we gave it a try and I'm sure glad we did. I had my good friend and long time client Bob from Pennsylvania on board and he reached a life long goal today. Bob did a fine job landing and fighting his first tarpon. We only had a couple hours to fish as the conditions were deteriorating, but a properly presented DOA bait buster did the trick. For the afternoon, we tackled a couple snook and Bob caught his first one as well. A great time and congratulations... Capt. Dan

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