Posted by David Kuhnke
This post is a little late. 5-5-2010. Tierra Verde Fl.
I went out with Alex and his friend Dave with Captain Tyler Kapela. Captain Tyler is a young but experienced guide. He knows the area around tierra verde like the back of his hand. Our goal was to catch a hoss redfish. We started the day catching bait. Capt. Tyler took one throw of his cast net to black out the live well with thredfins.
We continued on and tried for tarpon at a bridge. We had several bites. One was a hook up, the drag started screaming. Alex had no time to react and the leader snapped right by the hook. Our adrenaline was pumping from then on. We continued to try with no more luck. Capt Tyler decided to bring us to another spot near the beach to try for more tarpon. When we arrived the area near a pass the tarpon were out rolling. We casted some freelined thread fins for the tarpon, as well as a chunk lady fish for shark while we were drifting. The tarpon were rolling all around us, but no hook ups. As we were drifting the rod with the chunk of ladyfish starts screaming a pull it out of the rod holder and hold on. I start to gain line back and then a nice 4 foot sandbar shark appears.
The Hook came out right after this picture. We decided now to take a run and catch some trout and reds.
We arrived at a flat and started throwing DOA paddle tails with 1/4 oz jig heads. Caught more than 15 trout, kept three for some dinner.
After catching more than enough trout we ventured on to Capt. Tylers famous redfish spot. We anchored up on a mangrove edge and started casting out chunk threadfins. We threw out some more chunk threadfins as chum and waited. With in 30 minutes Alex's reel started screaming. After a almost 10 minute battle with a large redfish in 2 feet of water, we boated a 40" 20lb redfish!
Alex was ecstatic as were the rest of us on the boat. The fish was huge, this was a mosquito lagoon red not a gulf coast red. After snapping more than enough pictures to document Alex's largest red, we released her unscathed. After calming down and high fiving we continued to fish. 15 minutes later Dave's drag started to go off. He grabbed his rod and held on.
Dave took his time getting this guy to the boat, thinking it may be another lunker redfish. He boated the fish and it was a large 32" red. Not quite the previus fish in size but a nice one no doubt.
We snapped some more pictures and released this puppy to grow even more. After catching some nice reds a boat came through and spooked all the remaining fish so we called it a day and headed in. As we headed back in we stopped to fish a marina's docks for some grouper. We had multiple hook ups but boated only one. A nice little gag grouper at about 20"
Overall it was a great day on the water. Alot of fish were caught. If your looking for a very knowledgeable Capt. Tyler Kapela of Tyerless Fishing Charters Inc. He can be reached at 1-(727)-421-1051. Most captains are not polite, not personable and expect you to know everything, Capt Tyler knows his stuff and is willing to teach you in a polite, professional way. You know who to call for you next inshore or tarpon charter!