Favorite Fish

If you were going ocean fishing in Florida, what would you target?

Well the answer to that question depends on the time of year and location within the state of Florida I am currently at. There is so much to choose from in the state of Florida it makes the decision very difficult. For my money though nothing beats the allure of a large tarpon in the Florida Keys. The thing about Tarpon is that you can sight fish for them. I like to drift the flats in search of Tarpon that are numerous in the Florida Keys from late spring to early summer. I like to use tackle that is as light as I can get away with. For Tarpon I use a medium action graphite rod with a spinning reel that is loaded with at least three hundred yards of fifteen pound test line. I use fluorocarbon line for its invisibility quality, this is very important in the shallow waters I will be fishing. For bait I like to use either a large lively shrimp, pinfish or blue crab. All three selections will work equally well. The two keys are reading the water and being able to sight active fish. You not only need to know where the target fish is located but also what the current of the water will do to your bait once it is cast. The key is to cast your bait in a manner that will allow the current of the water to move it into the target area the fish is using as an ambush zone. If you cast directly on the position of the fish you will spook it away.

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.

One Response to “Favorite Fish”

  1. I’d target Snook along the West Coast.

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