Catching Tarpon on a Florida
Sport Fishing Trip
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.
They are often seen rolling on the surface and 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 as well. 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.
Sport Fishing near Orlando
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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 snook fishing Sebastian Inlet area 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 type of Florida
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
Tarpon is a great Florida game fish that we catch in the backcountry and coastal waters. During the summer large tarpon often flock along the beaches in great schools.