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    Tarpon fishin in Boca Grande pass

    my bubba treated me to my annual birfday fishin trip Saturday, we went out on his buddy's 22" bay boat in Boca Grande for some tarpon fishing. This aint like any kind of fishin I've ever done before! We get out into the pass which is where Charlotte Harbor meets the Gulf of Mexico and there are about 200 boats in a half mile radius. Schools by the thousand of these monster fish are all around us boiling on top of the water and jumping in the air, some as long as 6 ft and 200+lbs. I had never seen anything like it and was really awestruck especially when I hooked into one. They dont hit the lure really hard just a subtle bump but when u feel that u have to have quick reflexes and reel in like a mad man. "Capt'n Dickey Betts" had a nice fighting chair on his boat that made it much easier when u lock the pole into the gimble but after 30 mins of pulling and reeling my tarpon cut the 80lb leader w/ his "gill plate". Most exciting fishing trip i've ever experienced, my forearms were on fire and i was exhuasted as you will see in the pixxors. Oh, and it happened to be the professional tarpon tournament ladies day so each boat had three wimmen anglers

    loadin up the boat


    sunrise over Charlotte Harbor


    the guantlet


    ladies hookin up w/ a big poon'


    Miller Chill team on TV


    my Bubba!


    poor people livin on the water


    i mean they got it ruff.


    Jerm catchin some bait


    oh yeah it's on!
    you might as well have gone to Taco Bell and had a Zima while dropping a blotter and snorting Tabasco. OMFG. ~ttug

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    nice poon' Jerm!


    gutfiddle's watermelon head gettin worn out by a badfishie


    drop drop drop it like it's hot


    tow'n in some broke down anglers = good karma


    more lady anglers




    shark chasin a caught tarpon


    the end.
    you might as well have gone to Taco Bell and had a Zima while dropping a blotter and snorting Tabasco. OMFG. ~ttug

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    My Monday just got instantly better.

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    Nice pics!

    I wired a few of those houses in those pics, not to mention the Marina and the house and docks that white yacht was docked at.
    On a somber note, a 67 year old scuba diver was lost outside the pass Saturday. Why people dive near there with all the sharks this time of year is beyond my non-diving expertise.
    "Drinking beer doesn't make you fat, it makes you lean........against bars, tables, chairs, and poles"

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    Quote Originally Posted by TUT2222
    I wired a few of those houses in those pics, not to mention the Marina and the house and docks that white yacht was docked at.
    On a somber note, a 67 year old scuba diver was lost outside the pass Saturday. Why people dive near there with all the sharks this time of year is beyond my non-diving expertise.
    u must work on some high dollar cribs then, i dont know how so many ppl have so much money, but everytime i go down there I realize that money dont buy sense....
    you might as well have gone to Taco Bell and had a Zima while dropping a blotter and snorting Tabasco. OMFG. ~ttug

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    Quote Originally Posted by gutfiddle
    u must work on some high dollar cribs then, i dont know how so many ppl have so much money, but everytime i go down there I realize that money dont buy sense....
    lol, yes. Common sense doesn't really factor in to a lot of the homeowners. The saying here is that "the billionaires are pushing out the millionaires".
    And if by sense, you are talking about the Tarpon tournaments, there's a lot of yelling and screaming at each other going on. Like you saw, having all those boats in that small area is just asking for arguments. Especially with some of the prize money involved.
    "Drinking beer doesn't make you fat, it makes you lean........against bars, tables, chairs, and poles"

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    Is that Hincapie to the right?





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    Quote Originally Posted by TUT2222
    lol, yes. Common sense doesn't really factor in to a lot of the homeowners. The saying here is that "the billionaires are pushing out the millionaires".
    And if by sense, you are talking about the Tarpon tournaments, there's a lot of yelling and screaming at each other going on. Like you saw, having all those boats in that small area is just asking for arguments. Especially with some of the prize money involved.
    HA! that's for sure, especially the professional guides in the tournament get pissy when you hook up a fish right near their boat. One guy was yelling at us "that's not how we do it down here" and my redneck brother from mulberry yelled back, "that's how we do it in Polk County, LET'S DO THIS!" so it got krazy at times but was the most exciting/fun fishin trip i've had. One of the girls in a nearby boat asked if i needed help reelin it in i said "it aint like pullin a crappie up w/ a canepole thats fer sure"
    you might as well have gone to Taco Bell and had a Zima while dropping a blotter and snorting Tabasco. OMFG. ~ttug

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    Quote Originally Posted by gutfiddle
    "it aint like pullin a crappie up w/ a canepole thats fer sure"


    As easy as sliding off a greasy log backward. Even a blind hog finds an acorn now and then. Sun don't shine on the same dog's tail all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gutfiddle
    my bubba treated me to my annual birfday fishin trip Saturday, ...

    you poast a lot of pix
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    hubba, hubba!

    i go. beep. beep. beep. beep.
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    i am crispy fried sunburnt, oohhh it huwts i put sunblock on twice and still got scorched, well everywhere that wasnt tanned already from cycling. girlfriend + aloe vera + beer tonight....

    //shimano reels pwn campy
    you might as well have gone to Taco Bell and had a Zima while dropping a blotter and snorting Tabasco. OMFG. ~ttug

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    Quote Originally Posted by teh moreon
    hubba, hubba!

    i go. beep. beep. beep. beep.
    Their boobs look fake.

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    Chicks dig boats. My wife still has the world record in African Pompano.
    Just fast enough to know I am slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firstrax
    Their boobs look fake.
    AND your point is?
    Just fast enough to know I am slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jupiterrn
    Chicks dig boats. My wife still has the world record in African Pompano.
    pixxor?
    you might as well have gone to Taco Bell and had a Zima while dropping a blotter and snorting Tabasco. OMFG. ~ttug

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    Quote Originally Posted by firstrax
    Their boobs look fake.
    why do you hate wimmen?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Tarpon fishin in Boca Grande pass-pic20l.jpg   Tarpon fishin in Boca Grande pass-pic10l.jpg  
    you might as well have gone to Taco Bell and had a Zima while dropping a blotter and snorting Tabasco. OMFG. ~ttug

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    Nice pics, Awesome fish all the way round.
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    Most of the gals we know schedule C sections whether they need them or not nowadays to keep their cooter from gettin torn up but I say you can't hurt them things, they're made of hognose material.

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    oooohhh i'm itching like crazy and peeling like a snake, sunburns are teh suxxor!
    you might as well have gone to Taco Bell and had a Zima while dropping a blotter and snorting Tabasco. OMFG. ~ttug

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    Quote Originally Posted by gutfiddle
    oooohhh i'm itching like crazy and peeling like a snake, sunburns are teh suxxor!

    Real cool pics gut; looked like a blast. Who got the fish in that one pic; the shark or the fisher?

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