Tarpon fishing is an adrenaline-pumping adventure! Picture this: you, battling it out with these aquatic monsters as they put on a show that would make any angler’s heart race. Tarpon, aka Silver King, are famous for their jaw-dropping leaps and Herculean strength. Captain Chris will spill the beans on all things tarpon – from their secret hideouts to the tricks that’ll lure them in hook, line, and sinker.
On a tarpon fishing charter with Captain Chris, you’ll get to experience:
- The thrilling adventure of hooking a monster tarpon on your line
- Effective techniques for tarpon fishing from an award-winning angler
- Reeling in a fish that could weigh as much as you!
Catching a Tarpon in the Waters of Stuart, Florida
Before you head out on a tarpon fishing charter, you may want to learn how to spot a tarpon. The good news is that they have some very identifiable physical characteristics. Here are the key features that can help you identify a tarpon:
- Size: Tarpon are large fish, often reaching lengths of 4 to 8 feet and weighing between 60 to 280 pounds.
- Shape: Tarpon have a streamlined and elongated body with a slightly compressed profile. Their body shape is well-suited for rapid swimming and powerful bursts of speed.
- Coloration: Tarpon are known for their bright silver scales, which give them a reflective appearance when in the water. Their back is usually dark blue or greenish in color, while their sides are silvery.
- Mouth and Jaw: Tarpon have a distinctive, large, and upturned mouth that extends beyond their eyes. Their lower jaw juts out, creating a unique appearance. This characteristic mouth shape makes it easier for them to eat.
- Scales and Sighting: Up close, you’ll notice the individual scales on a tarpon’s body, which are relatively large compared to some other fish species. Additionally, their large eye is a notable feature that stands out when observing them underwater.
- Leaping Behavior: One of the most recognizable behaviors of tarpon is their spectacular leaping when hooked. These jumps often involve the entire body leaving the water, displaying their size and strength.
Tackling Titans: Gear Up for Epic Tarpon Showdowns
When you fish with Sweet Relief Charters, there’s no need to worry about equipment or tackle – we’ve got you covered. Our fishing gear is meticulously selected to ensure optimal performance, and we tailor our equipment to meet the demands of different angling styles. Here’s a closer look at our specialized setups:
- We primarily use 10-20 pound class custom-built Crowder rods matched with Diawa reels.
- On the fly, we primarily use 7-10 weight Orvis fly rods matched with Orvis reels and matching fly lines.
You are welcome to bring your own equipment if you wish. Just ask Captain Chris while booking and he will let you know the best class of rods/reels for the day’s fishing.
Tarpon Temptations: Mastering Bait for Unforgettable Catches
Tarpon are known for their discerning feeding habits, and the bait you use can greatly influence your success in catching them. The best baits for tarpon fishing typically include live and natural offerings that imitate their natural prey. Aside from artificial lures, here are some effective live bait options for reeling in a tarpon:
- Live mullet
- Live crabs
- Live pinfish
- Threadfin herring
- Live shrimp
Tarpon Thrills Await: Brace Yourself for the Ultimate Battle
You can expect a fight with a heavy fish when tarpon fishing. Stuart’s inshore waters hold a lot of bait fish and this allows our tarpon to get really big really fast; it’s not uncommon to catch one well over 100 pounds during the summer months.
Not only do these fish go big on the scale, but they also fight hard. When you get hooked on one of these bruisers, you better hang on tight! Keep the following in mind when reeling in a tarpon:
- Tarpon can get really big
- Tarpon put up a fight when they get hooked
- Tarpon can jump high out of the water
- Tarpon can easily pull you overboard — stand your ground!
When is the Best Time to Fish for Tarpon?
Tarpon can be found throughout the gulf coast and up the east coast of the US as far north as Virginia during the summer months. Here in Stuart, we have both resident and migratory tarpon to fish for with the summer months offering some of the best action of the year.
The best months in the Treasure Coast of Florida to catch a monster tarpon are the following:
- September (Mullet Run)
- October (Mullet Run)
Book Your Epic Tarpon Fishing Trip
Don’t pass up the chance of a lifetime to experience the thrill of tarpon fishing. Book your tarpon fishing charter today by clicking here or by calling/texting (786) 402-1915.