How do I catch tarpon?

How do I catch tarpon?

Tarpon are not a very difficult fish to hook; catching them of course is a different matter. Understand from the outset that even a professional fisherman loses many of the tarpon he hooks. The first factor is of course finding the tarpon. Depending on where you are fishing this should not be difficult. For the purposes of this article I will discuss tarpon fishing in the Florida Keys. If you have a choice where to fish take my advice and head to the Florida Keys for Tarpon. Tarpon can be found in many different areas. They inhabit water as shallow as a couple feet. It is important that you read the water. You can often see a tarpon cruising the shallows. You also will see them take small fish right from the top of the water. Once you locate a fish you want to position your boat quietly into its hunting area. Tarpon generally will stay and feed in an area for thirty minutes or more. You will need the correct equipment. Tarpon can reach two hundred pounds or more and are quite common in the fifty pound range. You need a long heavy action rod and a reel that can hold at least two hundred pounds of twenty pound or heavier line. I advise using a braided power line that will not stretch, this is important when setting the hook. I like using live pinfish or crabs for bait. I simply freeline the bait in the general area the tarpon is feeding and await a strike. Once hooked you are in for the fight of your life.

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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