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Old 10-19-2008, 11:47 AM   #1
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Default 10/18/08 east of Portofino

Got out around 9am and caught tons of huge sandfleas. Threw out two rods and waited and waited and waited. I wasn't really happy with the spot I was at, but that's where the family wanted. A man about 200 yards down the beach was fishing a nice cut and caught about 3 while we were there and 4 before we'd come. Got bored watching the rods so I waded out on the sandbar and proceeded to catch some ladies and bluefish on spoons, jigs, and Mirrolures. After about 5 ladyfish something hit my lure and wouldn't let go. It fought about 3 times as hard as a lady and when it got close it jumped. I about fainted when I saw the huge mouth and slivery sides. After a couple more runs and jumps the 80lb mono I was using for a leader was severed and on it's final jump my fish was gone. I couldn't believe I'd hooked a little tarpon off the beach in October! Right before we left the 12' went off and a 18 inch pomp was there for dinner. Great day and awesome fishing!

Someone asked in my other post what rig I'm using. I take my main line. Put two dropper loops and tie the sinker on the end. I put a small orange bead in front of each 1/0 silver circle and whala. Plain and super stealthy. I'm using 17lb P-line by the way.

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Old 10-19-2008, 02:21 PM   #2
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Thanks for the details. Appreciate it. Also, I didn't know you could catch tarpon offf the beaches around there. What a fight that must have been!! I have yet to catch a pomp this year, though I have landed many undersized ones. I'll give that rig setup a try and see if I can't trick a few bigger ones to the tables
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great report thanks for the info
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