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Tarpon Fishing with a North Ft Myers Pro.

September 28, 2009 - Scott Brenner
It’s a raining cats and dogs I am barely awake it's 4:30 AM, it’s dark but I am in my car heading to meet Vince Parkinson who promised a great day of Tarpon fishing.  I am all over this opportunity, you see Vince is in Second place in the Cape Coral Tarpon Hunter Club and needs to secure his position as being in the number two slot for the most caught Tarpon in the "season" (33) and we hope to increase his lead and catch 2 to 4 big fish today.
Unlike many of the members of Cape Coral Tarpon Hunters Club Vince Parkison does allot of his fishing in the Caloosahatchee River right here in the North Fort Myers area. The opportunity go out and observe the fishing techniques and basically be tutored on the basics of catching Tarpon from a pro like Vince does not come along often and when it does and opportunity knock’s any sports man needs to answer the calling.
Standing on the dock at 5:00 AM soaked through my rain gear but we are packed up and heading out, still dark before sun up were navigating the river markers heading out to the Ft Myers Beach area where the day before 6 fish where taken. In the predawn morning darkness we spotted channel markers with our million candle watt portable spotlight sweeping the river to keep on course, by 6 AM the rain had stopped and the clouds where breaking apart and sun rising over the river is a majestic sight.
All this river boat ride time Vince is sharing river and fishing techniques he has picked up over the years of fishing form the Franklin Locks to the Miserable Mile on the river. Like where and what the Tarpon like to eat, how hook bait, best equipment to use, where the fish are, in what months thousands of other invaluable bits of fishing information.
The man knows his fishing, his freely sharing of his knowledge was awesome, and a relief to a new comer to the sport, like me.  Just to get the support and knowledge from a professional like Vince as to the basic questions on where when and with what bait and tackle, the proof of his knowledge is in the numbers of fish he has caught and a significant number where caught right here in the Caloosahatchee River (nearly half of the 33 official count all over 75lbs).
The day was productive as far as I was concerned we took a 5’ black tip shark (learned how Vince took control of a toothy fish safely) we had a couple of tugs at the big rigs, got jumped by one fair sized tarpon. All day we were throwing a mirrored plug and everything was hitting it, adding entertainment until we got the “big bite” we came close but by 1PM we saw the afternoon clouds rolling in and had enough of the hot September Sun and headed back up river “back to the barn”.
The sharing of information was so refreshing, I though what better representative of the North Fort Myers Community could there be in informing the community about using its greatest natural recreational resource the Caloosahatchee River for sport fishing. We all and have been blessed with river frontage and the 2020 conservation areas. So get out there and enjoy” Mother Nature” at its finest it’s right outside your “back door”…
I recommend that Vince Parkinson start a North Fort Myers Fishing Report Blog, for the North Fort Myers Breeze newspaper website, what are your thoughts is that something that would be of interest?


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