This year’s tarpon fishing has been nothing short of fantastic. Lots of hook ups, lots of fish and lots of happy anglers during the months of May and June.
The old time fisherman that taught me would tell me that every year is different. What worked in previous years might not wok in subsequent years. Therefore, it is important to keep an open mind and be willing to try new things. When I am tarpon fishing I try to have as many different natural baits as possible. Last year scaled sardines seemed to work well, this year not so much. A live thread fin or a silver dollar sized blue crab are proven baits and most of my fish come off of these two.
When targeting the mighty silver king one must be aware of certain obstacles that present themselves with the tarpon.
1. Tarpon are finicky. You might be the boat that gets six bites or you might might be the boat that gets zero. Your captain will either be the hero or the zero.
2. If you get the bite, then there is a good chance that the fish will quickly throw your hook.
3. If you get to fight the fish, your leader is probably being worn through by the tarpon’s sandpaper like gums. They can break off at any time.
4. If you get the fish to the boat, many times as soon as a hand is placed on the leader, the fish pops off.
With all that in mind, you can see why tarpon fishing takes a dedication to excellence. These are not fish that are easily caught. In fact, I recently saw a TV fishing show where the host fished for three days before leadering a fish. Tarpon are the battle of a lifetime and to capture them often takes time and commitment. If you think you are up for the challenge, there are many topnotch guides that can help you out.