Located on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, tarpon are one of the most sought after game fish in ICAST history. Each year, thousands of new fish anglers travel to Florida and Virginia in hopes of catching this amazing fish. May and June are the peak months for tarpon fishing, as there are 1000s of schools out as the water becomes warmer. Today we will be providing you with a fishing guide on how to catch tarpon.
For the most part, the tarpon feeds on schooling fish, such as the menhaden shad and pogies. Tarpon have the ability to use their bladders, as storage areas for air, which in a matter of speaking gives the tarpon the ability to have a third lung. When the tarpon is on the hunt for menhaden shad or pogies and the water currents are low, the tarpon has enough oxygen due to the third lung to give itself an advantage over its prey.
In terms of acquiring enough bait to last you the entire day, it is important to use a net when coming across a school of pogies or menhaden shad. Most experienced tarpon anglers will tell you that collecting 100 pogies in your net is amazing. However, if you want to attract a whole class of tarpon, you may need to catch over 500 pogies. What we like to do, is divide the 100 pogies per net, placing 20 in the live bait well, and the other 80 in the ice chest. For the reason that the tarpon are attracted to live bait, you can see why catching roughly 500 pogies in total can be beneficial to your fishing trip.
The tarpon are also known as the silver king fish, as the skin of the fish is silver on its sides and belly, while green and blue on top. In terms of size, it is important for new anglers to use heavy rods and reels, as the tarpon can grow to 98 inches and 350 pounds.
Author Bio: Brad Jorgensen is a fishing enthusiast from Denver, Colorad and an avid blogger on the latest in fishing tips and techniques. Having traveled throughout North America seeking out fishing adventures, Brad is knowledgeable in a wide range or fishing topics.