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 Post subject: Orange River, Ft. Myers, FL
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:52 pm 
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Brook Trout

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Little tidal creek behind my folks' winter place holds big resident tarpon and some snook. Tons of pesky gar in there too. It's only about 80-100 ft across, averaging 4-10 ft deep.

One morning last week I saw a tarpon roll while waking up with coffee on their deck. 2nd cast out in front of it got an eat and held on for about 35 mins til the loop knot failed. Spinning rod with a plug. My camera gal (mom) was just a wee-bit surprised:

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Couple mornings later I floated down river a bit and came across a nice snook suspending over a green dock light; nice fight on the 9wt:

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I do believe salt has ruint me for good...


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 Post subject: Re: Orange River, Ft. Myers, FL
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:56 pm 
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it'll do that to ya.... Nice Snook. Did it eat well? If you can find some DOA shrimp in the day glow color, I would highly recommend geting a few. Looks and sounds like your doing good with what your using though...
Catch one for me


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 Post subject: Re: Orange River, Ft. Myers, FL
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:23 pm 
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"Did it eat well?" I was drooling when I looked at the picture. They will melt in your mouth!


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 Post subject: Re: Orange River, Ft. Myers, FL
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:42 am 
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I carted that snook around in a cooler for 2.5 hours periodically bucketing new water to it; got off the water, rounded up the cleaning tools etc, then my dad told me that the closed season for keeping snook has been extended through August on the Gulf side (due to '09 & '10 freeze-kills)...so I had to let it go. It took off like a champ!


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