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Tarpon Fishing Different Strategies To Try

Aug 22, 2008
Tarpon fishing can be a lot of fun, and it most definitely is something you should consider doing. Many people are unwilling to learn something new, but fishing strategies for Tarpon can be ideally suited for most fishing styles.

Learn as much as you can about this type of fishing, most of the information you need is included here.

In most areas, the best months to catch tarpon are May and June. These are the normal spawning times that begin in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The more active the fish are, the easier they will be for you to catch. That's not to say you can't catch them at other times, but you should work during these months for the best results.

It also helps to know the diet of the Tarpon so you can tailor your bait menu to their tastes. The main diet of these Tarpon during the spawn is palolo worms, but they also have been known to bite pinfish, mullet, shrimp, and crabs.

When the palolo begin to hatch, the tarpon lose all restraint. They will ignore things they never would during normal conditions and suck down a lure withrelish, making the catches plentiful and exciting for tarpon anglers.

Recognizing a tarpon bite and setting the hook is of utmost importance. These fish eat on the move, and often rush onto the bait, actually pushing your line toward you rather than pulling it away from you. If you set the hook at this time, when the fish is facing you, the hook will usually pull right out of their mouths, and leave you with no catch. It is important to strip until you can feel the tarpon against your rod on with your hand. This is basically the only way to avoid snatching and make sure at least some of the tarpon is between you and the hook before you attempt setting it.

As is the case with any large fish, you have to make sure you subdue your fish as quickly as possible. To do this, you must know exactly what your tackle can handle. The moment the fish slows down at all, put on the pressure. Just apply gentle pressure by cupping the spool as you lift up on your rod.

You just have to know exactly how much pressure you can apply without breaking your line, and that is discovered largely through trial and error. When it comes to technique, you can try several different things. One is a simple drift method. Just drift along on the late outgoing tide, paying close attention to areas around the mouths of creeks.

Use hundred pound test line on a fly rod and plug rig, and watch for rolling fish to show themselves and cast out where they are. Use a Keys style tarpon streamer, and you should have a good chance of hooking a big tarpon!

Another method popular for catching tarpon is to spend the day live welling accidental catches such as small jacks, mullet, and lady fish.
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Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best saltwater fishing information possible. Get more information on tarpon fishing here: http://www.asksaltwaterfishing.com/
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