So of us have experience fishing natives that live our rivers all winter.
I learned to tarpon fish many, many years ago cutting menhaden in half with scissors, and sitting 50-80 feet from the lightlines on the old Skyway bridge. We would drop a half bait behind the boat every five or seven minutes, and eventually it would have tarpon eating them at the surface. We would freeline a full dead (or live if we had them, but dead works fine) bait and catch them -- literally -- all day long.
Lately it seems that nobody can catch tarpon without live crabs, but try that.
I would say that when they ain't in that river where you're seeing them, they're either up higher or in the open water it runs into.
God, would I love to fish that. Is there a chance you would write a story about this on our web site?
Check it out. My address is firstname.lastname@example.org and the site's TheOnlineFisherman.com. Our readers would LOVE that story. And man, could you get some pictures to send us????
I'm always looking for cool content, and this is DEFINITELY cool content.