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Updated: 06/26/2014 08:00:09AM

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the silver kings

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Let’s hope for fair and normal weather this week. We have had enough tarpon to enjoy some good action most of the time. Boca Grande Pass has been quieter than normal — mostly because the fish have not stayed in there much during the day hours. I believe aggressive fishing tactics push tarpon out of the deeper hole area, and smaller schools of silver kings are moving around the hill area more than the hole. The fish don’t seem to use the pan area as much either. My concern is that the aggressive harassment continues to run fish off. Don’t get me wrong, it’s improved with the removal of the weighted hook jig device; but a few continue by using similar rigs.

It’s good that we’ve started to address the tarpon challenges. I’m sincerely concerned about seeing fewer fish hanging out around Boca Grande Pass and our beautiful beaches. Several other captains are also wondering if we can grasp any other reason for the decline. Baitfish are not as abundant so far this summer either. I know for sure we’ve had a fraction of tarpon that we used to enjoy now. I remember when we had tens of thousands of fish rolling all around the Pass areas. More boats is not the problem here, because we had even more boats on weekends back then. The aggressive pursuit runs fish away. Many of us are concerned about this decline. I understand they are seeing more fish around the Tampa Bay area again. The mouth of Tampa Bay was a very good tarpon fishery prior to the dredging of their shipping channel back about 1948. Maybe the hotrod cowboys will figure out they don’t need to get away from home ports to find fish to chase.

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