South Florida and the Florida Keys is known for is warm weather, great sunsets, and spectacular fishing. One of the most exciting species of fish we have is the Tarpon. These fish are known for their acrobatic jumps and long drag screaming runs. Anglers can catch Tarpon using either live bait, lures, and even fly fishing flies. It all depends on the skill level of the fisherman and of course what kind of mood the fish are in that particular day. We don’t just sit you in a chair and hand you a rod with a fish on it. Each of our anglers will have a hands on listening and learning experience. Captain Rich wants you to learn as much as possible about these fish during your trip that way you will have the same appreciation as he does when hopefully you land your trophy Tarpon.
Best Time: Spring months for large Tarpon Season migration. Juvenile Tarpon can be caught all year long during warm weather patterns.
How We Catch Tarpon: Light Tackle Spin 20 lb. braided lines using live bait or artificial lures. Fly Fishing Equipment is usually a 12 wt. fly line for large Tarpon and 5-10 wt. fly line for smaller fish.
Tarpon Fishing 101: The Tarpon can be found all over the Florida Keys. They spend the early years of their lives in backcountry mangrove areas. Usually in small schools cruising the edges of the roots eating small bugs, shrimp, and baitfish. These roots provide a protective shelter from larger predators like birds, barracudas, and sharks. When fishing for these juvenile tarpon we like to use fly fishing equipment as well as soft plastic artificial worms on light tackle rods. Baby Tarpon are a lot of fun because of the violent strikes and numerous acrobatic jumps.
Where We Find Juvenile Tarpon: Hiding in backcountry mangrove areas throughout the Florida Keys.
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