Tips for Catching Tarpon

Tips for Catching Tarpon in Southwest Florida

When fishing for tarpon, also known as the silver king, there are a variety of tips and techniques you can follow to improve your chance of landing a Florida tarpon.

With each tarpon fishing trip, you’ll better understand what works, what doesn’t, and how you can adjust your approach to catch more Florida tarpon in the future.

Here are five tips that will help you devise a strategy that works:

  • When trolling, use two baits. The first one should be approximately 30 feet behind the boat, with the second approximately 60 feet back.
  • Experiment with live bait (like crabs and thread fin) and lures. For example, while you’re trolling, cast a white jig with a grub tail off the side of the boat. The more lines you have in the water the better. But be careful not to get tangled up.
  • Position yourself appropriately after hooking a tarpon: As a large and powerful fish, you need to get as much leverage as possible. Upon hooking a tarpon, quickly position the boat on top of it. This allows you to maximize leverage and maintain control during the fight.
  • Fish in darker conditions: Since tarpon have excellent vision, it’s easier to catch them at dusk, dawn or even at night. Also, overcast days improve your chances of hooking a fish.
  • Avoid windy days: Tarpon do not like wind, thus making it more difficult to catch them in windy conditions. When possible, hit the water on a calm day.

The only thing more exciting than fishing for tarpon is reeling in a tarpon. When this happens, your adrenaline will kick in and your heart will begin to race. It gets even more exciting when you finally lay eyes on this giant game fish.

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