Wow you got raked over the coals, 1k for 5 fishthat is bad, the guides in my area specialize in artificial fishing in the Estero Bay. If you ever want Snook,Redfish and Tarpon look no further than the Sanibel/Fort Myers area. Send me a PM if you want names of competent Capts that will put you on fish and let you fish the way you want( bait,artificial, or fly)I just came back a few weeks ago from Tampa for Tarpon, Snook, and Redfish.
Overall, we got 5 redfish for a 2 day charter and that was it. No Snook or Tarpon. We just went Snook and Tarpon sight seeing and thats about it.
Spent $1g for 5 fish. We booked with Captain Clay.
I dont know what the norm is for salt water fishing but I thought the trip was absolutely a waste and boring as far as fishing goes. All we did was tight line live, dead, and cut bait. We were practically just catfishing off a boat. Managed a few cats too.
Im a bass fisherman so casting and working baits is what I like to do best. I had more fun catching the threads in early morning than the fishing itself.
Im trying to look for a better guide next time around. Also if you really want Tarpon, I hear the Boca Grande Pass is the best bet!
Did you pay for the Tarpon tag? You know it is illegal to boat a Tarpon for a picture. Most Capts will bring the fight to a sand bar where you jump in the water and hold your catch for a photo( better trophy picture in my opinion)