Tarpon Fishing

What tactics do you have for tarpon fishing?

I honestly believe the Tarpon is the hardest fish to catch in North America that is very common and readily available. There are several reasons for this. The Tarpon is a very wary fish that is observant of its surroundings and will not offer at something that is not natural in appearance. You will have to use tackle that is light; certainly line that is no heavier than twenty pound test near the bait is preferable. The problem with this is that the Tarpon can weigh over one hundred pounds and is pound for pound one of the toughest fighting fish known to man. So my setup when Tarpon fishing is: 1) A six and a half foot heavy action rod with enough power to set the hook deep in their bony mouth and to fight the fish. 2) A large reel capable of holding at least two hundred yards of twenty pound test line, preferably three hundred yards as these fish can make long runs in a matter of seconds. The drag system must be impeccably flawless and well oiled. 3) A large hook that is sharpened and resharpened to as fine a point as I can make on a hook. 4) I will use a live bait rig with a jumbo shrimp, medium sized pinfish or dollar sized blue crab as bait. I sight fish for Tarpon, when locating one I cast beyond its position in the water and use the current of the water to bring the bait into its ambush area.

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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