Well a couple of weeks ago we told you what we were going to be doing. I am happy to report that we are doing just that.
This year, for the fifth year running, the first drop in Boca Grande Pass yeilded a tarpon. This is always a good omen of things to come.
The tarpon are hear thick thick thick as are the sharks. The past two weeks it has really been tough to land a fish because of all of the shark action. A large tiger shark was spotted on a near by wreck just a few miles south of the world famous pass along with all the usual suspects bulls and giant hammerheads.
Captain Mike fished Mike Smith, the new Lightning Goalie along with Capt. Chad Manning. Let us just say Smitty is now a real tarpon fan and got the full show complete with giant hammerhead attack along side of the boat. The beach has been picking up as well with large schools of fish migrating up from the south.
I had the pleasure of taking Mrs. Mary Porter of Englewood, permit fishing earlier in the week getting her first permit weight in at just shy of 30 pounds. This fish took a while to land as it resembles a garbage can lid. I spoke with her son Jimmy a few days later and he said his mom's arms and hands were still sore with a huge smile on her face.
Also Hitler (the shark) is alive and well. A buddy of mine told me that Bucky Dennis, the fisherman that caught the 1485 pound hammerhead last year has his sights set on a larger hammer this year and the fish has been spotted several times already this year.
I'm tell you if you are reading this and you don't take part in this May June ritual you are really cheating yourself on one of God's great blessings on the great state of Florida. Boca Grande, the best fishin' hole on the planet.