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Reds like heat, so get out there

August 18, 2012
By Capt. GEORGE TUNISON ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Redfish love the heat and munching on topwater plugs in ankle deep water.

If you can't fish in the early morning hours and can stand the heat and having the lake all to your self, then get out there.

Obvi-ously lightning plays the upper hand this time of year so don't push it. "Just 5 more minutes" can be lethal.

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Capt. George Tunison

Try walking your dog a little slower right now when using a topwater plug for reds. For snook a faster, broken and erratic retrieve helps trip their trigger.

What do you do if you waited too long and your buddy's hair is standing straight out, the sky is greenish and there's a metallic taste in your mouth? Floor it and hope for the best? Pray?

If it's real bad I put all rods and anything vertical like navigation light poles flat on the floor and lay flat, away from any metal.

I understand there are lightning protection systems for small boats which is something I'll be looking into this weekend.

Tarpon are all over the place which is a good thing. The mouth of the Myaka and the train trestle bridge are time tested hot spots this time of year, along with deep water locations throughout Charlotte Harbor. (GPS 26' 47.73 82' 06.08)

The top of Matlacha Pass is a great local spot to start before your sun-up hunt and don't forget those binoculars. Getting out early to spot rollers around bait schools is the ticket for open water tarpon fishing. If no rolling action is spotted fish blind around the schools till you're convinced their gone.

Lures work, but freelined live baits produce more consistent results. Fly rodders can get on these fish as well, casting to rolling fish or blind casting a promising area.

Boca Grande still produces all summer, but now the crowd is gone and a great time to learn the place if you're a newbie. While red fishing the flats of Pine Island and Matlacha you will find tarpon in holes, channels, and depressions. Remember these spots and return early in the morning in Ninja mode drifting or silently poling to them to present your live pinfish, lure or fly.

This past week I've seen hook damage to humans, not once but twice. My friend slipped and fell into a rod loaded with a spoon and treble hook which ended up buried in the back of his leg. Two of the three were deeply imbedded so the string method was out, but Cape Coral Hospital was there to help.

I have my fishing supplies in the washer room. Changing hooks around the washer and dryer where I often work I had lost a treble hook. The dog acted ok so I figured I'd come across it, but forgot about it.

Saturday night came and I pulled out a wad of clothes from the dryer. Grabbing one of six pairs of shorts I quickly pulled them on to hurry out the door when I was "grabbed" with a sharp pain in an incredibly tender spot. When I quickly went to remove them it was bloodily apparent as to what had happened to the hook and my now tender body part resisted the removal of the bloody shorts.

If you have ever caught tender skin in a zipper it's not a good thing, ever. This was much, worse.

Fortunately, it was more of a cut than puncture and I carefully but successfully removed myself from my dire predicament saving myself from impalement and a very slow walk of shame into the ER.

I was calculating the odds of this happening (429 million to 1). Me, picking the "right" shorts (6 choices) and that hook falling and catching in the "perfect spot" insidiously waiting for me. Immediately, I thought of my last wife and that little doll she always carried with the one pin.

Capt. George Tunison is a Cape Coral resident fishing guide. Contact him at 239-282-9434 or, or www.flyingfinssportfishing,com



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