Getting to be Summer Time
It’s almost June and summer time already feels like it is here. We just had a stretch of flat calm days and for a minute I thought it was the middle of August with all the heat and humidity! Thankfully the wind picked up and made things more comfortable.
Fishing has been great and I have been fishing for tarpon on just about all my trips. This year I decided to really try to focus almost 100% of my time on tarpon as they are my favorite fish to put anglers on. If you’re doing it every day then it is much easier to stay dialed in on where to be and when to be there!
We had such a good early start with large pushes of fish showing up early in February and continuing right on through April. I’ve noticed however some droughts in the numbers of tarpon around certain areas. Though this isn’t surprising as every year we have waves of fish that come and go. Many of the backcountry areas I like to bait fish for tarpon and other large species have not been very good this month. There have been large pushes of the nasty red weed that can make fishing some of those areas nearly impossible.
Recently, I had some very nice anglers who fished with me for two days. The first day we had some bad luck. We ran down way south where fishing had been better earlier in the day. The sargassum weed was difficult to deal with. It is the Florida Keys however so of course we managed a couple solid bites. We jumped one fish off and the other went through the leader right away. That night we stuck around close to home and fishing was good, but catching still eluded us. We went 0 for 4, some great live bait bites but the fish jumped right back at us, and we even missed a few fishing baits on the bottom.
I was really feeling like I was in a rut. I haven’t been skunked on two tarpon trips in a row in a long time! Thankfully my anglers were not miffed at all. They had a great time and appreciated just having the shots at the fish. They understood how fishing can go especially for game fish!
The next day we made up for it, catching four out of five big tarpon, most over 100 lbs! I was really glad these guys were able to catch them because they were the kind of customers who are just easy going, happy, and fun to be on the boat with.
I am looking forward to more tarpon fishing this month and into the rest of summer. The boat traffic has thinned out a bit and the fishing is really good.
Get to some spots early in the morning or late in the evening. You can really hit some red hot tarpon bites if you time it right!
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