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Rain makes for some easy fishing

June 16, 2017
By Capt. GEORGE TUNISON ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The rains are here and all across Florida anglers on foot and in boats are taking advantage of fast moving creeks, overflowing dams and weirs. Predators gather at their base looking for an easy meal trapped in the heavy water flow.

Rain made the water fly under the road and over the little dam Wednesday afternoon. The canal, not much wider than the road, was filled with feeding fish. Staying back from view I worked my way around to the left of the water, then entering some reeds on higher ground I was able to get a bird's eye view of the base of the waterfall without being seen.

It was packed with fish.

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Snook, fat brown gar, and jumbo cichlids where stationed closest to the falling water nearly shoulder to shoulder like spawning salmon preparing to jump up the falls. Juvenile tarpon patrolled yards away, unwilling to mix with the other fish.

Anything that dared drop over the falls was instantly gone in a flash of snook silver and big boil, leaving behind a traditional and instantly recognizable popping sound that snook make when taking surface prey and that snook lovers love to hear. The tarpon, gar and aquarium escaped giant cichlids didn't have a chance with the high water energized snook on the move.

Needless to say, the fishing was stupid easy, but in this case just observing was much more rewarding.

Of the five little rainy day canals I fish (and had reported last week that four of them had been trashed by a too common local species known as the slob angler) here's an update: After picking up last week I returned this past Wednesday to these picturesque spots to find improvement!

Only three of the five were again trashed by anglers. Good job gang!

The trees, animals and fish just shake their heads in disbelief. The FWC should maybe open a limited season on this repulsive species as I really can't think of any other workable answer to the never-ending problem.

As the water heats up some tarpon will patrol the beaches and passes, but many of them (and sharks of all sizes) will move into the deep holes of Charlotte Harbor providing thermal comfort and food.

Deep-fish holes or quietly drift and look for tarpon rolling around bait schools.

When picking out a new rod this year for inshore casting consider this. Long casts cover more ground, more fish see your lure, more fish on the hook. Adding an extra 30 feet or so on every cast really adds up and by the end of the day.

If you're using a 6 to 6 1/2 foot spinning rod for casting redfish spoons or snook plugs try a 7 1/2, or step up to luxury long distance effortless casting like never before with a rod over 8 feet in length.

Unless I'm casting to a specific target when flats fishing, blind casting covering lots of water is the name of the game, especially when using search lures like spoons.

With my medium action 8.5 foot rods and braid I can throw a spoon a country mile on each cast.

Long rods offer increased distance, better lure control, great hooksets, and better control of the fish during the fight and at boat side.

When moving in close to the mangroves to pick targets apart the long rod shines again as it does double duty as the perfect pitching/flipping rod.

Another trick to increase distance is to downsize the pound test rating you're currently using.

Typically, braided poly lines "break test" considerably higher compared to the advertised rating on the package. If you are comfortable using 20-pound line then switching to 15-pound gives you nearly 20 pound break strength, and a thinner line greatly increases casting distance.

Thinner lines catch more smart fish.

Capt. George Tunison is a Cape Coral resident fishing guide. Contact him at 239-440-1621 or



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