The large masses of pre-spawn
tarpon are slowly cycling out. As I predicted right here in late
winter, the "peak season" was one of the best cycles
of tarpon we've had since in 1990. We are now in a transition
period where the fish that headed offshore to spawn are slowly
making their way back to the shoreline. The fish will follow the
edges as they work their way to the north in search of massive quantities
of bait needed to replenish lost body fat suffered during the
rigors of spawning.
is questionable where exactly the fish will set up as the
northern Gulf of Mexico in the area of the Louisiana Delta is experiencing
adverse effects of the BP tragedy (there remains NO effect of
the spill in Southwest Florida, nor are we expecting any). One
thing is for certain, the fish work north. Many of the fish will
enter large estuaries such as Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay to
feed on the potpourri of bait often found where freshwater meets
saltwater. The rains have begun and that will help flush the
upstream forage to the mouths of the rivers and into the harbors
and bays. While the schools of tarpon are not as large as they
were and often can be trying to locate if the winds are not
exactly right, the crowds of people are gone and the fish are
here to feed. GiantTarpon that were temperamental in their
feeding prior to the spawn will let their guard down and be
responsive to virtually any of our offerings. Simply put, summer
is the best time to catch tarpon in Southwest Florida.
those who love to throw artificial lures on bass tackle and
catch GiantTarpon, this is your time to fish. Live bait and dead
bait fishing are also techniques we frequently practice. The
fishing is often best at first light, at dusk and all night
which works great for avoiding the summer heat.
Over the years, keeping the fishing
reports updated and fresh has been challenging when you
spend your life on the water. Now, in the era of
"smart phones", we have found a way to
over-come this hurdle.
All season I have been up-loading
live reports and pictures to our Facebook site. We've
had an overwhelming response! I'll continue to use this page
to keep a general picture of the fishing easily accessible
to all. However, we strongly encourage you to join us in
being on the cutting edge.
Would you like to see the
images you see on this page the second they are taken, read live
micro fishing reports and view live video from the boat? Here is
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micro-blogs by “following” us at www.Twitter.com/GiantTarpon
on your phone or use just the web.
Screaming Drags and Tired Arms!