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We actually target them in the bays depending on conditions. West Bay of Galveston between the Pass and Chocolate Bayou, Lydia Ann Channel area, and POC. POC not so much last 5 years as IMO it has become a circus. If we fish close to POC it will be off the beach North.
 

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They are their but are just really hard to target. They will start targeting them in POC in early May. I am not sure about galveston.
 

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not really

there are a few schools of tarpon that move into the bay at POC, and they target them there. but not here. may get a few here and there in galvetraz, but not like you can say I'm going tarpon fishing and expect to find them. most are gulf runners. seems to be snook and juvinile tarpon in chocolate bayou area, but unless you have fished it extensively and know where they are, hard to find. :texasflag
 

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I can help with the gentleman looking for a guide. We have a weekend home in POC so I spend a lot of time in the area. I have fished a couple of times with Captain Derick Kuyrkendall, he’s my go to man on saltwater and has become a good friend in the process. Capt. Derick fishes the jetties at POC and state waters. Capt Derick fishes out of a 26’ Pathfinder so you have room and a big boat under you. He can flat put you on the fish. In the summer time he is the tarpon man, hands down. Check out his face book page. https://www.facebook.com/patriotguideservice/ He’s a great guide, good teacher and all around good guy. Promise you won’t be sorry; and you will have a great time.

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Captain Derick Kuyrkendall POC
 

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Mike Larue

I'd highly recommend Mike, never fished in his boat, but would like to. see him on the water often. very friendly, personable and will work hard for you. he's always on fish.

One day out of Freeport, i ran a short distance and forgot to raise my trolling motor, subsequently lost my prop. that's almost the equivalent of not having a pole on-board. so i was reduced to drifting a current line, I had spotted a few fish on. Mike trolled by, I told him my situation, he had a spare prop kit on-board. i was soon back in business. :texasflag
 

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does anyone catch tarpon in the bay?
Never caught one in the bay however I have seen them once and only once in a bay. We watched a pod roll from far east xmas into cold pass by way of churchill bayou. Didn't even cast a line as they were cruising pretty quick but it was a beautiful sight.
 

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Never caught one in the bay however I have seen them once and only once in a bay. We watched a pod roll from far east xmas into cold pass by way of churchill bayou. Didn't even cast a line as they were cruising pretty quick but it was a beautiful sight.
that would be so cool to see!!!
 

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Used to catch quite a few in tha cast net when I was a kid in some of tha marsh ponds I guss they were 8inches or smaller
 

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Tarpon don't like boat traffic, and there are now too many clowns running the bays in fast boats. With loud speakers, playing tunes like this that are apropos and can easily be heard a half mile away:

 
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