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Hurricane Sandy created a tight pressure gradient the past 10 days that resulted in winds blowing over 20 knots. It kept me in port and resulted in three trip cancellations last week.  What a shame! I was putting 5 to 7 GiantTarpon in the air on EVERY trip in October.

As of today, the winds have calmed down…but that is one day too short. As I write this, I am finishing the final details for my hunting trek to Kansas and Missouri . Logistics have been cumbersome in getting everything together from my Hoyt compound bow to my 7MM Weatherby Mag the past six months…but that is half the fun.

I had an excellent alligator season and caught 5 alligators in as many attempts. I was “green” to all of this so I enlisted the help of my redneck-swamp friend in Okeechobee, ‘Billy’ (man is Okeechobee/Moore Haven light years away from the tarpon grounds..lol). By self-guiding the hunts and hunting water unfamiliar to both of us, we scratched another item off of my bucket list. I could have not done that without Billy. Thank you!

In Missouri last year, I had a three year old, 8-point walk out in front of me during the first 90 seconds of legal shooting time. This was followed by a five year old, 10-point just 90 minutes later. I was cocked and scoped up on the Missouri whitetail monstah that was now 80 yards out broadside and then decided to let him pass. Getting a 12-point here was a real possibility, so I decided to wait. Although I saw nearly 100 deer throughout the course of the next week, the 12- or even the 10- never appeared. That seems like a tough break but the serenity I got from sitting in the woods with giant deer, turkey and bobcats was an experience I will never forget. I am and always have been a trophy hunter/fisher. I selectively kill, but I hunt for the solitude in a world away from here. For me, this is my great escape.

I will be traveling for the next month. If the weather remains mild, I am certain I will still find some lingering GiantTarpon when I return. If not, pompano, redfish and trout will be the bread and butter species over the next few months. On more temperate days, we too can add in neo-tropical species such as resident juvenile tarpon and snook.

As always, I will be live micro-blogging on the social media outlets during my hunts. ‘Get some’ by ‘following’ or ‘friend requesting’ me.


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