Five Tarpon Fishing Tactics

Find the Right Position – There will be many times when you must turn your craft around in order to be in the right position to fish. You don’t want your bait behind the tarpon or moving in the wrong direction so finding the right position or angle is vital to your success. In order to know which way to angle your boat for the best results you need to know a little about the area where you’re fishing and the path of the tarpon.

Presentation – It’s important for you to present the bait correctly. Otherwise, you’ll end up empty handed. This is one of the biggest problems beginners have when fishing for any species. If the baitfish is moving in a manner that looks like it’s trying to attack the tarpon, they will quickly swim away sensing something is wrong.

These five tarpon fishing tactics will help you reel in more fish the next time you go out on the water. The more you know about the tarpon, their habitat and their habits, the easier it will be to locate them and entice them to strike.

Tarpon Fishing Tips

When fishing for tarpon it’s important to know that they do move very quickly. This is usually one of the first things that catch new anglers off guard. By the time they realize the tarpons are in the area, they have already moved to a new location. For this reason, you must always be prepared and ready to cast out your line. You need to have your rod in position and ready with your eye on the water constantly.

If you want to hook a tarpon, you need to make sure your hooks are sharp and in good condition. Otherwise, they will not penetrate the tough jaw of this species. Many experienced anglers will file the hook to form a triangular edge that will help make it easier to set. You will most likely need some practice setting the hook before you find a method that works best for you. However, you may want to try swinging the rod to the side when attempting to set the hook. This will keep the bait in the water in the event you pull it out of the tarpons mouth.

Once you have the tarpon hooked and get him up to your boat, you will surly need help getting him out of the water. A gaff is an excellent tool that will make this process much easier and you’re sure to need all the help you can get. Good luck reeling in the tarpons!

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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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