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Author Topic: Fort De Soto Shenanigans  (Read 4134 times)

gstevens2004

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Fort De Soto Shenanigans
« on: June 07, 2017, 10:04:30 AM »
You guys are going to love this one.  went out to Fort De Soto from the boat launch on my SUP.  Paddled around up to the Shell Key preserve no motor zone and the mullet were everywhere and spooky, but of course no reds (I am still calling this the biggest urban legend of our time.  Reds are not mixed in with mullet).  Caught one seatrout, and saw something monstrous following my lure, but it hit it and quit it.

Moving along, not much luck, so we got out of our Sups and hiked across a trail to the beach.  Walking along the beach, I saw a group of monster tarpon circling slowly.  Of course I had my 3000 series in my hand so what do I do?  Wade out in chest deep water and cast a spoon at them of course!  Right as I was getting chest deep, a boat motored up right on top of them and stopped, with me waving and screaming at him to stay off, he looked at me, and then proceeded to hit the throttle and buzz off at top speed.  If I ever meet that guy we will have some words.  But what do they do? pop back up and keep circling.  Second cast with the spoon, pull it right through and get smashed.  Guessing 100+ tarpon jumped twice and was about to spool me in roughly five seconds, so I clamped down on the spool and he broke off. 

Hiked back across to the inland side and fished a lagoon that was so full of trout, I would see two or three looking at my artificial as I pulled it up boatside on the few casts where I didn't immediately hook into them.  About 20 trout, all in that 14 inch range in twenty minutes.  But of course, if you have kiddos, DM me and I would be pleased to send you the spot, because it will be some fun constant action for them.

All in all, called it a day with twenty something trout boatside, and one huge tarpon with a lip piercing in the Gulf.



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Re: Fort De Soto Shenanigans
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2017, 12:30:35 PM »
Nice report @gstevens2004Kr^% I agree about the mullet and reds!  I cannot tell you how many times I have had mullet jumping around while I have been soaking cut bait, live bait and/or throwing arties only come up empty.  I finally saw a big bull red last Sunday as I was walking a mangrove line looking for bait.  This fish was a biggin' and casually swam by me without a care in the world.  I am not sure but I think he flipped me the middle fin as he swam away!  This got me pretty pumped up ( short lived ) as I then proceeded to catch every stingray in the area!  Frustrating is an understatement! I am wondering if there is only one redfish in all of Tampa Bay and that was my chance to see it.

My yak is blue and I am starting to believe that trying to mix "red" and blue only makes purple...or a reddish orange like this... >:(

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Re: Fort De Soto Shenanigans
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2017, 02:56:28 PM »
I think usually I catch them about twenty feet off the mangroves.  Islands are prime targets  Though I see some dart out from under the mangroves from time to time.  I haven't figured it out yet either though that is for sure.  Once the sun gets even just a bit over the horizon, it seems like they all go find some deeper water to stay cool.

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Re: Fort De Soto Shenanigans
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2017, 02:59:25 PM »
on my sup I usually see several over the course of a day, but I tell you what they always see me first.  And the only time I see them make wake is when they get spooked, otherwise they seem to be very good at not making as much commotion as the mullet.

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Re: Fort De Soto Shenanigans
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2017, 12:09:52 PM »
I am very confident they have been by me many times in the yak and I never knew it.  I will be attempting the "stand up" in my yak this weekend and hopefully open my eyes a little wider to the surroundings. 

I am planning a overnight fishing excursion on Shell Key this weekend  C3~(via the yak) and was wondering how crowded the place is on an average weekend?  Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks dude!

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Re: Fort De Soto Shenanigans
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2017, 08:40:49 AM »
So,
I was out there Saturday morning on the beach side at about 5:30 AM and did not see much activity while walking down the beach.  I would say to make sure to stay away from the north side of the island, which is marked as a bird sanctuary.  Get up at first light and fish artificials on the beach side for fun beach snook action!  They were within about 5 feet of shore.  I caught one and had several on on Saturday.

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Re: Fort De Soto Shenanigans
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2017, 05:59:41 AM »
got to this one a little late just learning the area , Its really special Thanks for sharing guys

 



 

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