How To Catch Tarpon (FISHING GAMES)


Author: Daniel Eggertsen

Tarpon are really big fish with no known food value, and are usually regarded as a catch and release sport fish. However, they are a thrilling catch largely due to their gigantic size. The average Tarpon is about six foot long and 150 pounds with it not being uncommon at all to catch Tarpon over eight feet ling and over 300 pounds large. This giant of the sea normally dines on small fish and crustaceans. They spawn in the spring and are most easily caught from March until June, with the warmer climates showing the most success earliest.

Tarpon are easily fished with live bait. Consider using shrimp, mullet, pinfish, and crabs as bait for tarpon. In most cases, you can just set your anchor, send down a weighted line, so that it will float down the current to the areas you know are holding tarpon.

If you find that your hooks are pulling out when you fish with heavy weights, try a light weight copper wire, and just attach your weights. It will allow the weights to easily fall off, and not be a hazard when you are fighting a big Tarpon. Another option is to attach a small piece of styrofoam as a breakaway float, so that the bait will be suspended over the bottom.

Tarpon fish hooks will vary depending on the size of your bait. If you are using live bait, a 6/0 hook or an 11/0 circle hook will usually work well. Be sure to put your bait on your hook so that it will present naturally. Hook crabs in the corners of their shells, if you are fishing with mullet or pinfish, hook them through the mouth. It may be done either horizontally or vertically. Use a hook up jig, and head or tail hook shrimp, so they will not spin in the water's current. Just be sure to have several kinds of bait available, because tarpon are difficult to catch and where they might bite on crabs today, tomorrow they might be biting clams. You just need to have several offerings ready for these finicky fish. Consider tidal current to help you determine which bait is likely to work for you. In a rapid current, mullet will spin less and provide you with more catches.

You might also have good luck with big topwater baits , plastic minnows and soft plastic baits. For Tarpon fishing leaders, use six to twelve feet, 60 to 125 pound test, heavy fluorocarbon or monofiliment line. If you are fishing topwater, try the Zara Spook. For chuggers and poppers, use a 'walking the dog' presentation, but if you are using big minnow bait with a quick retrieve, but keep it erratic with a slight stall in the mix.

You could do much worse than fishing for tarpon with artificial baits like the bigger soft plastic baits that imitate eels, bait fish, and sea worms. You can either free line these baits, deep rig them on jigs, or dead drift them just as you would live bait. If you keep a bait on the bottom and use three or four different baits set at various levels, you should be able to easily differentiate between which baits work and which do not and at which depths the tarpon are hanging.

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Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada Florida - Where to Fish and What to Use For Bait (TARPON FISHING KEYS)


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By Ken Wangen

Where and when to Fish for Tarpon

The Florida Keys are heavily laden with tarpon from roughly mid-April through mid-July, although quite a few juvenile fish and some resident adults stay year around. Bridges, rubble piles, and around very shallow flats next to the channels are a very popular place for these silver kings to live. Tarpon are for the most part nocturnal feeders but the early mornings and dusk hours are also quite productive. The best producing place our captains have found after many, many years of experience fishing tarpon are the number two and number 5 bridges located between mile marker 73 and 70 just a mile or south of Islamorada.

What to use for bait and how to present it

Tarpon are basically garbage feeders, they can be caught using dead or live bait. Selections include, but are not limited to: mullet, crabs, dolphin (mahi) bellies or tuna bellies cut out of a carcass after cleaning, or once again, any number of other live or dead baits. Many angles find a combination of a Penn 650 (or something similar is size/performance) spinning reel, a rod handling 20-50lb test line, a 40lb-50lb leader, and a number 7 circle hook to be a great set up for tarpon fishing.

Presentation is the key when fishing for virtually anything and tarpon aren't any different. There are two commonly known practices. The first is anchoring up in a semi-slack tide with a buoy tied to your anchor for quick release when you hook a fish. Simply allow your bait to go back into the current several yards from the boat and wait for the strike. This method may require a strike indicating device (a bobber, or cork) to keep a live bait off the bottom and in reach of a passing tarpon. The second is actually just leaving the anchor out of the mix and drifting your bait the same speed as the boat in the current. Tarpon and captains have success on a daily basis using both methods, it's really a personal preference. Thank you for reading, happy fishing!

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Fishing Game: Nature's Playground (TOP FISHING GAMES)


Author: Nicky Pilkington

If all men measured up to the standards of true sportsmanship, there would be no need for game, fish, and forestry laws. Neither would there be so much need for the laws that regulate human affairs in general.

But, in the fishing game, it is the true sportsman, with a love for the great outdoors, a wholesome respect for the welfare of others, and consideration for living and growing things, who sets the good examples for the youth to follow.

In reality, fishing games differ a lot from the other types of games that man has come to know. A fishing game is not a mere reflection of the activity itself but more of the love for fishing.

In fishing games, the angler does not go hunting or fishing only to gain the privilege of boasting over slaughter or material gain. He loves the lightning-like flash of the trout, the leap of the bass or muskie, the tug on the line, the whir of the reel, the thrill of battle with some "denizens" of the deep, and the companionship of other true sportsmen.

The Concept of Fishing Games

The most common type of fishing game is known as the "offshore game fishing." In this type of game fishing, the anglers aim for the big lean fishes like the marlins and the tunas and the fishing is done in the sea.

Offshore game fishing is usually conducted as one type of recreational activity. Though, there are instances wherein this type of fishing game is also employed in competitions like the sports fishing.

Because of the energy being utilized in this type of recreational activity, offshore game fishing usually requires the biggest fishing boats. These fishing boats generally range from 30 to 50 feet in length.

The object of the game is to reel the fish in once it is properly hooked on the line. This can be a daunting task since the fish, especially if it is a big one, will have the tendency to pull away from the boat. The challenge is to reel the fish in while keeping the fishing line maintained on its specified tension.

The fishing game is not more of a competition for a true angler. Whenever they are doing this kind of activity as part of the game, what the angler really wants is to get in touch with nature, to breathe the clean, pure air, and muse in solitude in the wilds of nature's playground.

Hence, in fishing games like offshore game fishing, the anglers like to play the game in strict accordance with the rules of reason and fairness at the same time conserve the value of fishes in the community.

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