Name: Capt. Nick Winger
Lives: Apollo Beach Florida
Guide Service: Capt. Nick Winger Sport Fishing Charters www.bocatarponcharters.com
Sponsors: Reef Safe Sun Care Products, Eagle Claw, Pure Fishing, Crowder Rods, Angler Boat Co.
Boat: 22' Mojarra custom skiff, 22' Angler, Grande Bay
Favorite Spot: Florida Keys
Areas of Expertise: Inshore, flats, and back country for tarpon, snook, redfish, cobia, and trout. Offshore for grouper, snapper, kingfish, wahoo, and tuna
Accomplishments: 2009 P.T.T.S. Tarpon Cup Championship 2009 yellowfin tuna shootout, Bahamas and several inshore grand slam wins or top place finishes
Personal Bests: 220 plus tarpon
Fishing Tip: Catching deep water tarpon with Hybrid Flurry's is a daily ritual on my boat during the Boca Grande tarpon season (May - July). Although a little tricky, once this technique is mastered it's a guaranteed way to hook more and bigger tarpon. After locating a school of tarpon on your bottom machine, position the boat far enough up-tide of the fish to have your jig with a Flurry body at the proper depth before drifting back into the school. Dropping your jig directly into the fish will usually spook the entire school so proper presentation is key. After locating the tarpon and dropping your Hybrid Flurry bait to the proper depth well up-tide, position the boat stern into the tide and use the engine to keep the lines as straight up and down as possible. Dragging the lines will change the depth of your baits and cause them to look unnatural. Also, while drifting your baits through the school of tarpon be sure to hold the rods as still as possible. No jigging action while using this vertical technique! The natural tail action and smell of the Hybrid Flurry body with the tide movement is all it takes to convince a big tarpon into finding out what that shiny Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp Hook tastes like! Add a dab-o "Hot Sauce" and hold on! This vertical technique used with Hybrid Flurry baits works so well it keeps my customers coming back year after year and keeps my team at the top in the P.T.T.S. (Professional Tarpon Tournament Series)!