The tarpon bite has remained consistent the past few weeks. Pods of hungry migratory (pretty sure) fish have been staging up. I really only have the chance to target them at night, but they are feeding in the same areas you’d target them during the day.[lightbox link=”http://theintrepidangler.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Hogy-Tarpon-Button-Shot-IA.jpg” thumb=”http://theintrepidangler.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Hogy-Tarpon-Button-Shot-IA-620×402.jpg” width=”620″ align=”center” title=”Hogy Tarpon Button Shot IA” frame=”true” icon=”image”]
I’ve had the best success using Hogy Lures 10″ Original Series Soft Baits rigged on circle hook using the Hogy Stainless Bait Keeper – It’s like a hitch hiker on steroids. When fish are not feeding on top, use a large 7″ – 10″ paddle tail on a 1oz – 2oz Heavy Duty Jig Head. I like the Barbarian Series Jigs, they are super sharp, strong and have a pretty decent landing ratio for tarpon (usually 40-50%)[lightbox link=”http://theintrepidangler.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/March-10-Tarpon-Hogy-Sewell.jpg” thumb=”http://theintrepidangler.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/March-10-Tarpon-Hogy-Sewell-620×513.jpg” width=”620″ align=”center” title=”March 10 Tarpon Hogy Sewell” frame=”true” icon=”image”]
Tackle wise, I’ve been very happy using my Sewell 8′ Custom Tarpon Rod – Shimano Sustain FG 10K – 50lb Power Pro and 80lb Mono Leader. Stop by Anderson Tackle of S. Fort Myers and he can order those Sustain’s in time for season. I’ve landed 2 seasons worth of adult tarpon on the reel and it’s held up incredibly well. It’s also super light when paired with the Sewell Rod – Just under 2lbs.
Hope the info helps. I can’t wait until fishing really turns on in the next couple weeks.
– Capt. Ross