Fishing Report: Got Tarpon????
We do! It is tarpon time in the Lower Florida Keys! Schools of tarpon have moved on to the flats. Right about the same time the snow birds pack up to head home and the tourist season has died down.
We have been catching them on a little bit of every thing. Plugs, live bait and flies have all worked this last week. As always the presentation is crucial.
Sam and Paris fished with me today. We had dozens of shots at laid up tarpon. Did get 4 tarpon to eat a live pinfish. One 6 footer ate and jumped at very close range, missed landing in the boat by inches. My angler said "There is two wet spots on the inside of my glasses from my eyes popping out of my head"
Brandon and his wife Yie came down from the oil fields in Prudhoe Alaska to fish tarpon for a couple of days. We put several big fish in the air each day.... Brandon had a nice 125 pounder the boat several times, before it finally abraided the 50lb bite tippet.
Tarpon are one of those fish were once you hook one dozens of things can go way wrong, way fast. They are big and extremely powerfullfish. The inside of their mouth is very hard. A good hook set can be difficult.
When hooked the first thing they do is GO UP!! When they jump their head is shaking back and forth. You want to give them as much slack as possible on each jump. Not an easy thing to remember when 125 lbs of fish leaps into the air.
Lets not forget the permit and bone fish. Water temperatures are in the high 70s and low 80s. These fish are very happy. Most of the skiffs are targeting tarpon and the bonefish flats are empty. Well except for big bonefish and tailing permit.
Come on down and put some of these big fish in the air!
Capt. Scott Yetter