Thursday, June 2, 2016

Welcome to Tarpon Fishing

Kuuursplassshh!  Ziiinggg!!  Zoowwiie!!!  Zooom......OMG I got one!  Did you see that Fish jump...he must have been 6 feet out of the water!  What do I do??  ....Just hang on and let him run, if the the line goes slack start reeling as FAST as you can!!  Did you see the size of that FISH!!!!!  I've never fought a fish this strong before!   I think he's gone? ......he's NOT gone...REEL REEL REEL ...he's swimming toward you!!!  ZZiinggg!! Zoowiiee!! Zooom!!  Kuuursplasssshh!!!!  Your right, I still got him.....this is CRAZY!                 WELCOME to TARPON FISHING
Tarpon is a word for the present...they are here "bigtime".  Big smiles, sore arms and heart pounding out of your chest is what you can expect.  The Silver King never dissapoints.  Jaw dropping jumps, drag screaming runs.  This is the fish of a lifetime.  These are prehistoric wonders of the fish world.  If you haven't experienced the awesome fight of a need to put it on your priority list of "Must Things to Do". 
The migratory tarpon are the ones here now.  The average size is about 100-150 pounds with some of the monsters getting up to 200 plus.  They're migration brings them back to the Keys every Spring/early Summer to spawn .  After the spawn they spread out and move up the coastline.  Then in the Fall they school up again and start to migrate out to the warmer waters of the Gulf and into the Caribbean.  The Spring migration into the Keys usually starts in March and the peak time to catch the biggest ones is from mid-April through June.  They're usually finished spawning by the end of June ..but I still have caught these big ones into early July.  There's always a few stragglers hanging around throughout the year but the majority of the migratory fish follow the pre-described pattern.
Baby tarpon are present in and around the Keys all year.  They range in size from just a few pounds up to about 40 pounds.  We've been catching some baby tarpon in the backcoutry on medium/light spinning gear.  There are some areas where they can be more prevalent.. but for the most part you never know when you could hook-up with a baby silver king. 
Our World renowned fishery is unmatched anywhere for it's diversity.  Snook, redfish, tarpon, bonefish, permit, pompano, snapper, trout, black drum, sharks, grouper, mackerel, jacks, ladyfish ...and the list goes on and on......
The summer months will sizzle with a variety of offerings.  I offer eveing tarpon trips through June that will produce more of the monster Silver King tarpon.  The backcountry will be cooking with snook, reds, trout, snapper, baby tarpon, sharks and a host of others.  There's always something give me a shout and let's go fishing!
Captain Steve Murray
Phone: (305) 393-1641

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