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Light Tackle Inshore and Nearshore Gamefish

There is no greater excitement than seeing the tarpon tear through the pogie or mullet bait pods. In our area, the larger tarpon is found off the beaches in the summer. On the east coast, the tarpon is primarily an Inshore or Nearshore fish.

Tarpon are often seen rolling on the surface gulping air while lurking for food or taking it easy between feeding sessions. We mainly fish for them with live bait allowing us to catch other prevalent summertime species such as bonito and kingfish.  When you see tarpon roll on the surface, it’s a good chance you can cast your live bait and hook into one.  Once on the line you better be prepared as the tarpon has a great air show, liking to skyrocket out of the water. It’s an incredible fight that will wear you out, but it’s all worth the while when you hook into one of these sought-after game fish.

The Silver King or Sabalo (Spanish)

When you hear about going tarpon fishing near Orlando, you must consider the closest fishing is out of Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral. Fishing for tarpon nearshore we offer good and fair prices for our trips, we do not discount what we do, our trips might be less expensive because we cater to fewer anglers on the boat. Always, make sure you get your information correct and ask questions about what you want.

 

tarpon  or sabalo fishing
tarpon inshore

Back to the tarpon, in our area, adult fish spawn nearshore where you will find the ribbon-like larval stage of the fish. You can find tarpon often in brackish or freshwater near mangroves or in residential canals. While heading out on deep sea fishing charters we look for tarpon along the beaches. However, tarpon “promise land” is found in the Florida Keys and other locations around Florida. The Orlando, Cocoa Beach area is not as consistent for this species as south Florida areas, nevertheless, we catch our share of tarpon when the timing is right, and they’re around. Tarpon tends to move into the Central Florida area and move out… The Florida Keys manages to hold them year around.

Tarpon Information

Tarpon has one single dorsal fin (the fin on the top) that extends into a long filament. A tarpon’s back is dark blue to green or greenish black, shading into bright silver on the side. Their color may vary and be brownish gold in estuarine waters. Tarpon has a large mouth that points upward and huge scales that anglers often keep as trophies.

Tarpon is a slow grower and matures between 7 to 13 years of age. Spawning occurs between May and September when females may lay more than 12 million eggs each. Tarpon can tolerate a wide range of salinity from fresh to very salty estuary waters. Juvenile tarpon is commonly found in freshwater and can breathe air at the surface. Tarpon feeds mainly on fish and large crustaceans. Florida Tarpon Regulations

State Record
243 lbs.

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