Its Tarpon season, my favorite time of year since 16 years ago when my own son caught a 125lb tarpon! Yes, he needed assistance, but it remains one of our most treasured memories. Anyone who has ever wrangled the silver beast, has seen it jump into the air and shake those gorgeous reflective scales, will tell you the same thing: it isn’t for the faint of heart and you’ve GOT to try it!
My own son caught a 125lb Tarpon
If you’ve enjoyed the fighting action of a Jack, ladyfish or snook, then imagine that adrenaline and fatigue amped up on steroids! With a seasoned guide, there is nothing like it. Seeing them daisy chain around a bait wad, or shoulder the water while giving chase, you know you’re in the presence of something spectacular. But then, to chase them, (close, but not too close), get within striking distance, get them to eat… it’s all thrilling! But just wait… BAM! ZING goes your line. On and on. You have to let him take it out. You bow to him and pull, bend and pull. Sometimes for hours to wear him out. And then the infamous LEAP where he shakes his mighty head trying to spit that hook. And he might. But if not, you get the opportunity for an up close and personal meeting with one of my favorite sea creatures, a memory of a lifetime, and a GREAT photo op. Beware however, Tarpon fishing is highly addictive. Most of my clients come back year after year, calling months in advance to secure the best tides.
So don’t procrastinate if you want the chance to achieve greatness!