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In Like A Lion
The transition between winter and spring often has Mother Nature in a rage. Successive high-pressure systems have kept the fish moving, difficult to pattern, and spread out the past week. It has always been my opinion that nothing affects fish, as does the weather. While there is a lot of perceived and prestigious glory in being a fishing guide, too often you are only as good as Mother Nature wants you to be. The long range forecast has us back into the upper 70s by the start of next week. Mother Nature is ultimately at the mercy of Father Time. And it’s just a matter of time.
The sardines are oily and aid in buoyancy of the female’s eggs and reproduction cycle. The bait migrates in from south and offshore.Where there is prey, there are predators. With the bait schools comes the migration of cobia, king and Spanish mackerel, pompano, sharks and giant tarpon. In short, spring has sprung.
The unseasonable weather has held back an early arrival of tarpon and it now appears the end of the month or early April will be more probable. The fish show first in the deeper waters and well inside the larger bays where they will forage for several weeks prior to starting their spawning cycle. Once the spawning cycle has started, the tarpon will be found congregated in the passes, off the beaches and migrating through the flats.
The massive assemblages of giant tarpon along our shoreline are a natural phenomenon that is second to none in the world. Each year anglers travel from all over the globe to Florida in hopes of testing their mettle against the silver king.
They come form all walks of life, each with their own story
to tell. Some stories capture your heart and soul, some make you laugh,
and others are stories of inspiration or desperation. Often it is not
the fish, but the memories we relive and create while fishing that keep
the passion for it running through our veins.
It was tarpon season 2001 when I met Bob Drongowski. Bob’s elderly Dad was in his final days of fighting cancer and the goal was to make a lifelong dream of catching a tarpon happen before he passed. We had one shot of 6 hours to getter’ dun. I can remember keeping the fragile man shaded as chemotherapy had taken its toll on his ability to be in the sun. He smiled the whole trip and told stories of homemade lures and flies that he used to teach his son to fish. I remember getting him into the fight chair to commence battle with the silver gladiator and the excitement that erupted on the boat. I do not remember if he actually caught the tarpon. It mattered to everyone, but actually it mattered to no one. Having my own personal stories of terminal cancer, I never said goodbye to Mr. Drongowski, but I told him that I would see him in a better place. He smiled with the same contentment that he conveyed to me throughout the trip and walked away aided by his son. I learned a few weeks later of his passing. Still to this day, I can see his smile and feel his energy, but I cannot see his fish.
Each year I am privy to the bonds of people looking to the tarpon for respite and gel these relationships. It’s not that we catch tarpon, but that the tarpon catch us. We have limited remaining availability, so it’s not too late to experience the best tarpon fishing in the world in 2005. Come on down and “getcha some”!
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