Made the first trip to the Tomoka River today. I thought it was too early for the Tarpon and Snook to make it up the river but wanted to try anyway. Nancy had a quilt happening at the house so I needed to be away and it so happened that the tide situation was perfect – high at noon. That meant I could put in the poke boat at the park off Airport blvd (where the electric motor fell off the boat last year) around 10AM and let the tide carry me up river for a couple of hours and then back to the park when it changed at noon. It worked perfectly and I fished almost to the upstream end of the big island where the tarpon were schooling strongly last year. That took about 2 hours. I alternated fishing both sides and pretty much stuck to top water since the river is really shallow on one bank and very stumpy on the other making rubber jigs difficult to work effectively. As suspected, no Tarpon. Not the first sign and very few mullet – so just too early in the season and maybe still too sweet from the recent rains. Caught a few small bass, a bream, and had a couple of major slams which were also probably bass but perhaps snook. Had a great time and will try again in a few weeks.