Well February wasn’t so great for big tarpon it was just a lot of up & down weather with a few late cold fronts that just kind of killed the bite as soon as it started getting going. But this week some big girls were around and we did have some luck with them one day. Moving into March tarpon will becoming my primary objective so I’ll be posting more regular reports here. But also please subscribe to my youtube channel to see what’s happening as well!
Got out with John and his daughter Kate today for a full day. Hadn’t been doing a ton of tarpon fishing this February as we’ve had a couple late cold fronts that have more or less put them off as to what it’s normally been the last few years at this time. But the last few days it warmed up nicely and the winds weren’t cranking too bad so we gave it a go. Found a good school of tarpon in the backcountry first thing and they cooperated nicely. We caught two out of three tarpon, both that we landed were large fish in the 90 to 100 lb range. After that we finished the day catching a bunch of snook and a few redfish. Things just worked out perfect! But good signs to see the tarpon back there. Unfortunately we have another cold front on the way this coming weekend. I don’t think it’s going to get terribly cold, but will probably dampen the little bit of a tarpon bite that we have going on now. But the good news with all this is hopefully this means we will have a stronger tarpon season later on – some people often feel if it gets too good too early, it can make the later part of the season a little slower. I’m just glad to be catching a few!
Well we’ve been in ‘winter mode’ here in the keys for the last couple months. With the cooler water temperatures tarpon aren’t really the big focus – they can still be caught but often more random by-catch while fishing for other things. But we had some unseasonably warm weather the last few days here at the end of January so decided to go really give the tarpon a try. Hundreds of them showed up over the weekend in some of the usually early season spots. We don’t normally expect them this early but it was slick calm and temperatures got into the 80s, with water temps getting into the low 70s. Still on the chilly side for tarpon as far as the water goes, but they had shown up. Had a regular customer of mine Jim today who was game to really put the time & effort in for them. Often when we’re not dialed in fishing them consistently, you have to dedicate a good bit of time trying to get some action out of tarpon – whether that be finding them, or just getting them to bite. We did mange to find plenty of them, but getting them to bite was a different story. Put a good couple hours in during the morning and managed a bite on pinfish. Nice tarpon of 80 lbs we got boat side but a big bullshark tried to eat her, and ended up cutting her off. Later in the day when the tide switched, we managed to get one on our mullet. Smaller fish in the 40-50 lb range. This one we got hands on and cooperated for a good picture. Good to see so many fish out there, it’s still on the early side and we have some cold weather coming this weekend and next week, so that will likely slow them down. But often times in February it gets consistently warm enough that we have decent tarpon fishing. I have a feeling the fish are ready and that it’ll be good once the cold fronts are done.