Fishing Report - March 14, 2011by Capt. Bill Baldus on 03/14/11
A cool front moved through over the weekend, dropping the water temperature and moving the fish around. On a scouting trip before the front, I found about a dozen nice tarpon in a few stops I made just before dark, but was concerned they may move out before my Sunday trip with Coach Jeff Fisher of NFL fame.
At first light yesterday Jeff and I pulled into one of the bays that held the tarpon but found no signs. I figured either the fish had moved on or they were there and just not showing themselves. We moved on thinking we would return later in the day when the water had a chance to warm up. On our second stop we were looking for redfish but found the back bays too dirty for sight fishing. We then made a run down south and to the outside to find a small bay with a good number of shots at some nice reds and two follows by tarpon over 100 pounds. We found a lot of fish but catching was a different story. We just could not put the deal together. On the way home we found one more big tarpon, laid up and just ready for the perfect cast. But for whatever reason before we were even close, it swirled, headed right at us and came within a couple feet of the boat before disappearing beneath us; it just was not meant to be.
On the way back we talked about how tough this fishing can be, yet how rewarding it can be and what a great day we had.
We will keep you posted,