Tarpon & Tripletails - Fishing at Indian Pass

July 19, 2010 by Larry Pentel

Just got back to Seagrove from 9 days at Indian Pass. I got to run 6 Tarpon trips and we put 5 to the boat and jumped off one more. The biggest fish was about 165 pounds and the smallest about 100 pounds. There seem to be plenty of fish but they have not really "ganged up" any where. Spending the time to run and look for a feed seems to be the best option this year.

We also got to catch quite a few Tripletails with the biggest at 19 pounds. There is miles of BP "sponsored" boom out in the Gulf, St. Vincent Sound and Apalachicola Bay. While it's great to have all these "Fads" out to hold the fish they sure are hard to get the 'tails off of ! We broke off quite a few nice fish to the booms.

I also got to go scallopin' 2 different days and I am glad to say there are plenty of 'em in St Joe Bay. They aren't real big yet but there should still be plenty to get a month from now when the size of the meats has doubled. I've said for years that they should wait to open the season till August 1st and then leave it open till the water temp hit 72 or so-- That way they could grow up to full size before being harvested by the bucketfuls!

I'm back to Grayton tomorrow to chase Snappers and the like. So many fish, so little summer !! I hope to be able to get back to the "Pass" in a few weeks and get some more shots at the "Tails and Tarpon!

My camera battery died the first day over there so I don't have any pics. A couple of my anglers said they would e-mail some and I'll pass 'em along if they do.

Still no sign of oil other than all the contractors running around scamming BP here and at the "Pass"

Editor's note: Indian Pass is just east of Port St. Joe, about a 90-minute drive east of SoWal Beaches.

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Larry Pentel

Captain Larry Pentel is a native of South Walton, growing up just 300 yards from the beach. Having fished the local waters for over 40 years, he is very familiar with all the different types of local fish, their habits, and most importantly - their habitats. Captain Larry is the owner of Dead Fish Charters

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