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Getting ready for tarpon season

Typically, we say tarpon season and the tax man arrive on the same day …. April 15.  However, we’ve had a very warm winter and many charter captains believe the Silver King may make an early appearance in the Marathon Florida Keys area.

So, I was happy to see the arrival of my tarpon DNA sampling kits from the FWC’s Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study Team.

Here’s some interesting information I received in an email from the Tarpon Genetic Recapture Team …

As of 2011, we have documented 100 recaptured tarpon from Florida waters.  In 2011, we also achieved our goal of obtaining more than 4,000 DNA samples from anglers like you.  If you return just one tarpon DNA sample you become eligible for bimonthly and end of year random raffles that award wonderful prizes.

The data are starting to show some movement and exchange of tarpon along our coasts between estuarine systems.  The short term recaptures are indicating that tarpon can survive catch-and-release events and be caught again days, weeks, or months later.  Several fish were even recaptured within a few miles of their original recapture location up to two years later. Other more long distance capture events of the same tarpon are more than 200 miles apart.  While many people “know” this to be true, we are now building the data to show it is true and the data are being collected by anglers like you.

For the latest on tarpon research at the FWRI be sure to visit our website at

http://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/tarpon/

If you are interested in reading our newly released 2011 newsletter, it is available for instant viewing at the FWC’s Scribd site, http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/80009970

or it can be downloaded from the FWC’s website, http://www.myfwc.com/research/saltwater/tarpon/genetics/newsletter/

Whether you are a charter captain or a recreational angler, we encourage you to get involved with this important research.  To order your DNA sample kits, call 800-367-4461.

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We hope to see you on the SeaSquared this year to catch your trophy tarpon!

Capt. Chris and Christy Johnson
SeaSquared Charters
Marathon Florida Keys
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Mangrove dinner for the Swan family

Nice day of fishing for Jim and Barbara Swan with their grandson, Ross Swan, from Culpepper VA. We first headed to the reef to target yellowtail snapper.  Unfortunately we found that fishing on the slow side and put only one in the box. So, we moved in to the Seven Mile Bridge area where theContinue Reading

Silly good mangrove snapper fishing

Just needed some tasty tidbits for a fish fry tonight. Our friends, Chris and Kristy, are having a few friends over tonight so we popped out to catch some tasty mangrove snapper. With winds gusting to a good 30+ mph and the horizon bobbing back and forth, the five of us went to one ofContinue Reading

Fine fishing holiday for the extended Robinson clan

Snappers and mackerel come back to the dock for this family. Peter Robinson and his son, Jamie, from the UK, along with Peter’s son-in-law and grandson, Jamie and Tyler Schulton, from Kentucky, shared a guys’ day on the water during their Christmas holiday in Marathon Florida Keys. We started the day by fishing near theContinue Reading

Happy Birthday Reeve!

The Callen family, from Oswego NY, help Reeve celebrate his 18th birthday aboard SeaSquared Charters! We postponed their trip from Thursday due to the winds, and I’m sure glad we did!  Dan, Kris, Hilary and Reeve had an awesome Christmas Eve fishing adventure in the waters near the Seven Mile Bridge. They caught their limitContinue Reading

Family fun fishing for the Conely clan

Smiles all around back at the dock! Jim and Kathleen Conely, their kids, Avery, Everett and Cullen, and Kathleen’s Mom, Donna O’Hara – all from Michigan – had a blast on a half day of fishing with the SeaSquared crew. It’s been a bit windy, so we’ve been fishing near the Seven Mile Bridge theContinue Reading

Marathon Florida Keys Fishing Forecast for May 2011 – Season of opportunity!

Fishing Marathon! The town of Marathon got its name from Henry Flagler’s railroad workers who considered it a long race to complete their epic construction project.  During May every year, anglers delight in a fishing marathon in Middle Keys waters.  Pre-dawn and late evening hours are devoted to the pursuit of the silver king atContinue Reading

One for three tarpon for anglers from upstate New York

Ted and Michelle Szarzanowicz, their daughter Amanda, from Buffalo NY, along with Michael Johnston and his kids Kasey and Michael, from Lockport NY enjoyed a beautiful evening of tarpon fishing at the Seven Mile Bridge. We saw lots of fish rolling and had quite a few bites.  The anglers were able to get three fishContinue Reading

First tarpon of the season!

With lots of tarpon trips coming up on the charter calendar, I wanted to get out and see what’s happening!   Christy and I invited along my deckhand, Jason Bell, plus Johnny Maddox, proprietor of Captain Pip’s Marina and Hideaway and Porky’s in Marathon, and his lady friend, Char Hruska. We anchored up on oneContinue Reading

Marathon Florida Keys Weekly Fishing Report – April 6, 2011 – Snapper dinners for all!

 Marathon & Florida Keys Weekly Fishing Report, Capt. Chris Johnson, SeaSquared Charters, April 6, 2011 Snapper, snapper, snapper Yellowtail snapper fishing has been first-rate in 60 to 90 feet of water on the reef with lots of anglers reporting large fish.  You may need to upgrade your tackle size a bit for these flag ‘tails,Continue Reading