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Tarpon eating dead bait in intercoastal canals

Postby RippysFishingSupply » Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:03 am

Tarpon are being caught on dead bait fished on the bottom behind homes in the North Dade area. A customer has been busted off so many times I gave him some 120 lb mono leader and he has caught and released a few in the 80 lb range. They have been eating Bonito strips fished on circle hooks freelined.
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Re: Tarpon eating dead bait in intercoastal canals

Postby Moose » Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:25 pm

RippysFishingSupply wrote:Tarpon are being caught on dead bait fished on the bottom


RippysFishingSupply wrote:They have been eating Bonito strips fished on circle hooks freelined.


which one is it?
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Re: Tarpon eating dead bait in intercoastal canals

Postby gruntking » Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:47 pm

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Re: Tarpon eating dead bait in intercoastal canals

Postby swordfish » Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:45 pm

Actually any carcass will do, if it dont get picked up by a bull first... I have also caught slob snook like this btw...

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Re: Tarpon eating dead bait in intercoastal canals

Postby Poseidon10/31 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:34 pm

Never tried tarpon fishing with cut bait, but snook I'm 1 for 1 with cut bait. During the hurricane none the less... Thinking maybe I should give it a shot since a lot of people swear they get more poons on cut bait. I recall Backwoods saying he prefers cut mullet over live.
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Re: Tarpon eating dead bait in intercoastal canals

Postby snook123 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:25 pm

I thought a big mullet head was pretty standard for poons.
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Re: Tarpon eating dead bait in intercoastal canals

Postby swordfish » Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:55 am

Well yep, here is the thing... I have NEVER caught a little guy doing this, only the slobs... I think they are just wiser and thus realize little work with big payoff..

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Re: Tarpon eating dead bait in intercoastal canals

Postby crashmister » Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:41 pm

They been tearing it up out back Sword. Might try this though. Don't fancy loosing a big hard bait to all the structure, and I've never had any luck with anything else. Lost a #12 Rapala Ghost Rap out there not long ago. Whatever took it never even slowed down. :lol:
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Re: Tarpon eating dead bait in intercoastal canals

Postby swordfish » Tue Jun 25, 2013 5:34 pm

Crash, the lure hurts... but man oh man do i want to tangle with a big one that I cant stop! HAHAHA, damn, we gotta put something on the books soon for some canal fishing where you are seeing this... I have a few old plugs I dont care much for! Ill toss em on the Cedros cj55 I have laying around with 50 lbs braid! I want to see the train that spools that reel!

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Re: Tarpon eating dead bait in intercoastal canals

Postby mil7950 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:56 am

can you catch tarpon on cut ballyhoo in the intercoastal? ive hooked onto them with grunt, blue runner, and lady fish and wanted to try frozen ballyhoo since i can just pick some up from the store. went out last week and tried half a ballyhoo but ended up catching my pb jack lol. is it worth trying with the ballyhood or should i just spend time looking for bait. not sure how to consistently catch ladyfish and ive only hooked up using grunts maybe once or twice.
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Re: Tarpon eating dead bait in intercoastal canals

Postby Laz1287 » Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:07 pm

I thought it was common knowledge that Tarpon fed on almost any dead fish they came across?
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