3 tarpon fishing secrets

Tarpon fishing is fun, exciting and one heck of a challenge. Their huge size combined with their acrobatic nature is what makes them so famous. Tarpons will leap wildly into the air when you hook one and this makes it difficult to hang on to it. You never know where they’ll land when they do this and that adds a touch of excitement that you won’t get with most species. Tarpon have been known to jump up on banks, in brush and trees and even into the boat with anglers! Therefore, you never want to take your eyes off the fish.
Many anglers get frustrated when fishing for tarpons because they are so hard to catch. They can be a picky fish that will jump and play right in front of you but refuse to take your bait. When you do catch one, it’s difficult to reel it in due to its size. It’s not uncommon to catch tarpons that weigh up to 100 pounds so you can see why they’re such a challenge.
However, there is nothing like the feeling you’ll have when you do catch one of these monsters. It’s very exciting to catch a fish that is almost equal to your own size but a little scary if it jumps in the boat when you’re not expecting it. Under the right conditions, tarpon can grow over eight feet in length and weigh up to 300 pounds but catching one of these is uncommon.
Tarpon Fishing Secrets
Fishing for this species is something that you should try to do at least once so you’ll have a unique and amazing story to share with friends and family. They can be found all along the east coast and in the Gulf of Mexico but they’re the most plentiful around Key West due to the warm waters found in this area.
Once you choose your location here are 3 tarpon fishing secrets to help improve your fishing experience:
1. You can fish for tarpon all year long and they can be caught in waters that average between three and eight feet deep. Since they are so close to shore, this makes them one of the most accessible big game fish around so most anyone can go fishing for them.
2. Tarpons have a lung so they will occasionally come up to the surface to get a breath of air. This is referred to as rolling and when they do it, they give away their location. Therefore, when fishing for this species, be sure to keep your eyes open and stay alert.
3. When using live bait the best options include oversized shrimp, pinfish, crabs and mullet. When using artificial bait, use something that looks similar to these and you should have excellent results.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to get tarpon to take the bait. They are a very unpredictable fish but when they do strike, they will bite hard and you must be ready.
Recommended Fishing Gear and Tips
When fishing for tarpon you need to have the right gear. Due to their size and active nature, they can break fishing lines and snap rods if you don’t have good quality equipment that’s in good shape. When choosing your fishing rod, the best size to use is between six and seven feet in length regardless of which type of fishing you plan to do.
Make sure your fishing hooks are sharp and when fishing with live bait, a size 7/0 hook is a good choice but you can go down to a size 4/0 when using artificial lures. Use heavy-duty monofilament fishing line and you need as much line as your reel will hold. This will give the fish extra for running and jumping when needed.
Every year thousands of tarpons will move into the Key West area to spawn and you can see large groups of them swimming around together and jumping through the air. This is an amazing site to see and it’s also an excellent time to try your hand at reeling one in.
Before going fishing, have a plan. Since this is no ordinary fish, you don’t want to go fishing without a plan because you won’t be as productive. Check your gear to make sure everything is in order and that you have everything you need. Take along a few personal items that will make your fishing trip more pleasant and you’ll enjoy it even more. These include protection from the sun and something to drink and snack on so you don’t have to call it an early day when the fish are biting.
If you’re planning your first fishing trip, then it’s a good idea to hire a guide to take you out fishing. This has many advantages that will help you in the long run. For example, they will know which methods and baits work the best during different situations. They can also provide you with a lot of tips that you can use in the future.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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