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to Right: Cullen (9), Dad-Eric, and Dev (7) McCabe with a team
effort in landing this trophy/over-sized snook. The 3 generation outing saw
plenty reds, snook
and tarpon See more of their catch and "grandpa"
foremost, I want to apologize for any delay in downloading this report,
but thankfully we have had a very busy spring. Warning, this report is
image intense! I will try to get in as many images as I can. To publish
them all is virtually impossible considering all of your angling
successes, though I try. I am very partial to children who have "great
expectations" and greatly anticipate seeing their images here.
Occasionally I miss some and if I do, please email me so I may address
The weather is
under direction of the Chamber of Commerce. Strong ridges and
bubbles of high pressure have the winds howling out of an easterly
direction and have been for some time now. The skies are bluebird
and the air is warm. Not the best conditions in which to catch
fish; however, there is one exception. There is this one period of
time that occurs every year, where nothing else matters. It is
that magical time of year that serves as our calling and that time
Now is when you
will find the baitfish migrating up the coast and into the
shoreline. Hungry Spanish macks, kingfish, cobia, grouper,
barracuda and sharks are in hot pursuit. Inshore, the resident
fish travel outside their winter haunts looking to regain lost
The Nakamuira group was back at it again.
This year's agenda? It was Bounty Hunter Redfish V 1.0. Here the
guys are tripled up on the jumbo reds. Having a 50 redfish
afternoon fellas? In addition to the phenomenal redfishing, snook
and tarpon were also taken.
Dr. Kirk Hooper and son "take 5"
to catch their breath and take a snapshot during a afternoon
redfish rally. In addition to the redfish frenzy, snook and tarpon
were also taken.
Redfish school, snook have their guards down, and trout
are in pre-spawn feeding mode. Jacks can be seen in schools
marauding the clear shallows and the classic cobia's riding of
the backs of Southern stingrays is definitely worth a cast or two
for a shot at a good fight with a potentially tasty outcome.
I see no
significant cold fronts in the forecasted future. We all know
Mother Nature will have her way and throw one or two at us when we
least expect it, but for the most part spring has sprung. Night
temperatures are falling in the lower 60s and daytime highs are in
the mid 80s. The Vernal Equinox arrived on the 21st of
March. It’s time…time to let the pictures do the talking.
We are now just
weeks away from the start of the giant tarpon season. Each year,
those wishing to test their mettle against the ultimate big game
fish make the pilgrimage from all around the globe. They are neurologists
and they are cattle ranchers. They speak English and they speak Japanese.
They fish the silver gladiator with wimpy long rods and weightless flies.
Just as well, they fish tarpon from 50 lb. class Pompanette fight chairs.
before the silver king to play his tantalizing games of aerobatic
cartwheels, hot blitzing runs and elegant tail walks, the
"king" holds no judgment on who you are, what language
you speak, where you are from or what you choose as your tackle.
The silver king cares nothing if you fish from a bridge, a pier, a million
dollar yacht or a kayak. Self proclaimed Waltonians will try to
convince you otherwise. Tarpon have a long history of forming and
dividing social classes and too, bringing out the best in
self-consumed personas. However, we are all tarpon afishionados. It
is that "some" are just more successful than others and
never "just say no." ;-o).
"Life is good. Yeah.". Bring it Silver King!
Enjoy the images (continue to scroll down)!
Screaming Drags and Tired Arms!
Left: Louis Smith, Dan Donaldson and son Danny Donaldson display part
of their catch on a recent trip which included redfish, snook, grouper and
tarpon. Above Right: Danny shows off an over-sized trophy snook prior to
Left: Former Tampa Bay
Buccaneers "special teams" coach (now with the Houston
Texans) and old friend, Joe Marciano, with one of many reds taken on
a recent trip.Right: Grandpa Dave Musch and grandsons show off a
"few" reds and grouper from a recent trip.
More McCabe action! Left:
Dev, Eric and Cullen with a nice tarpon above. Right: Cullen,
grandpa Randy, and Dev with an nice redfish.
Drags and Tired Arms!
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