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Tarpon fishing is one of the most favorite game fishing charters on the water. Fishing is heats up in April and looks to just get better & better as the weather warms. When the wind calms down, tarpon fishing improves. You can fish for Tarpon all year round; April through September are very good, (*** for July through September!). Catch them in waters on average 3 to 8 foot deep.
What's the big attraction with catching a tarpon?
Fighting a fish that is almost or equal to your body weight on light tackle line is a natural rush that is hard to beat. This challenge is what makes big game fishing so great. Tarpon are truly the top of the list when it comes to accessible big game fish!
Rigging your Tackle for Tarpon
Tackle for catching these big fish generally consists of a matched 20 to 30 lb spinning or conventional outfit rig. Then use either spin or revolving spool and 15 to 20 lb monofilament test line connected to several feet of 80 - 100 lb test monofilament shock leader.
Rods are usually 6.5' - 7', and hooks are usually 4/0 to 7/0. Use a 7/0 hook for live bait and sharpen up the hooks even if they are new.
For the tail end of your tackle rig, it's wise to double about six feet of line with a bimini twist and then tie on a strong black barrel swivel.
1 . Rods - Use 7' ugly-stick rods and Calcutta or Shimano reels. The best line to use will be 20 to 30 lb test monofilament. Use the heaviest monofilament that your reel can load - 30 or 40 lb test if possible.
To catch this fish it's necessary to have enough test line to control the fish and enough line so as to enable the fish to make its jumps and runs. The tarpon pulls more monofilament out of your reel than any other fish by far!
2. Weights. Egg sinkers - because they can slide directly on the main lines. The current will determine the weight of the sinker. Use ½ - 8 ounce sinkers. Slide on your weight, bead, and then 80 lb test swivel.
3. Leader. 6' to 8' leader to swivel then add hook. Make it a sharp circle hook. (Even if brand new) A sharp hook gets set in easier.
4. Terminal Tackle - Again about six feet of line with a bimini twist and then tie on a strong black barrel swivel.. Yo-Zuri H. D. carbon super soft fluorocarbon as leader material. 80 to 130 lb test leaders work the best.
5. Bait - Typical baits include mullet, pinfish, crabs and oversized shrimp (to name just a few). Fish love these shiny little snacks, so much so that many guides won't start fishing until their livewells are filled with them. A 3-D fly tied and trimmed to a pilchard shape can also be deadly.
6. Hooks - Gamakatsu style 12053 9/0 big eye circle hook (9/0 in this style is actually a 12/0 to 13/0 circle size hook in other brands).
Anchor Fishing for Tarpon
First of all have your fishing plan decided ahead of time. Tie a buoy to your anchor line end. This will mark where you have left your anchor.
Keep your fish within your bow points whenever possible. Don't keep the line so tight as to lose your fish or pull the hook out. Whatever happens..... keep your line tensed!
In Conclusion ………..
Tarpon fishing is one of the most sought after game fishing charters on the water. You can fish for Tarpon all year round. Catch them in waters on average three to eight foot deep.
The thrill of fighting a fish that is ½ or equal your own body weight on light line is a natural rush that is hard to beat. This challenge is what makes big game fishing so great. Tarpon are truly the top of the list when it comes to accessible big game fish!