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Catching Tarpon Is Exciting

Sep 15, 2008
Tarpons are one of the most popular saltwater species around. It can be very rewarding and exciting to reel in one of these extraordinary fish. The more you know about tarpons, their habitat and eating habits the better you will be able to catch them so take some time to learn all you can.

Tarpons feed the most aggressively during the end of spring and the beginning of summer. Therefore, this is the best time to go tarpon fishing even though they can be caught all year long.

Most all species of fish feed more aggressively during the early morning hours and the late evening hours and the tarpon is no exception. Therefore, you will normally get the best results during these times.

Steps on how to catch a tarpon:

The first step in catching a tarpon is learning as much about them as you possibly can.

Decide which technique to use. The two most popular techniques used by experienced anglers are fly fishing and spinning.

Before starting your fishing trip you need to gather all of your gear together and make sure you have everything needed before you head out. This is also a good time to check all of your tackle to make sure it is in good condition.

Try putting yourself in front of the tarpons for the most bites. They normally face into the direction of the flowing water so you need to be facing the opposite direction.

Be alert. Many times you can see the tarpon feeding near the surface if you are paying attention. They can also be found around underwater structures and under docks and bridges.

One of the best times to go tarpon fishing is when the tide is moving at a fast steady pace.

Your equipment is very important and will be a factor in determining how successful your tarpon fishing trips will be. Of course, where you are fishing will determine which set-up would work the best but it is suggested that you use a heavy fast action rod or a spinning outfit when you go tarpon fishing. It is important that you always use sharp hooks when tarpon fishing. It takes a sharp hook to pierce the hard mouth of the tarpon. You won't have much of a chance setting the hook if it is dull.

Tarpon normally can be found within a half mile to one and half miles from the shoreline. When you begin to get close to the tarpon you need to shut off the motor and let the boat drift into position so you don't scare them away.

The tarpon respond very well to live bait and below you will find a list of some of the best baits to use.


When you are fishing in an area where there are other aggressive species around using live bait is not always a good idea. It can draw all the other fish in your direction and get in the way of catching the tarpon. In these cases it is best to use lures instead.
About the Author
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best saltwater fishing information possible. Get more information on saltwater fishing for tarpon here: http://www.asksaltwaterfishing.com/
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