Well, it's May already; probably one of my all time favorite months to fish here in the Marathon area, aside from the other 11 months. May, in my world, is the time of year for monsters. Offshore, big dolphin (mahi mahi, not Flipper) are on the prowl and we'll be looking to beat last year’s big bull of 61 pounds, as we do every year. My personal best, or biggest, is 67 pounds, but, really, any fish over 50 pounds is a big win, considering we are fishing with light tackle--25-30 pound spinning tackle.
Monster tarpon have invaded our area inshore waters around the world famous Seven Mile Bridge and Bahia Honda Bridge. The silver king (tarpon) regularly exceeds 150 pounds and, again, this is live bait, light tackle fishing at its best. Early morning, or late afternoon/early evening are the best times to catch these monsters off their guard.
Then, there is the ground game, or bottom fishing; another one of my personal favorites. With the exception of dolphin, from tarpon to grouper, monster snapper and permit, tactics and tackle are critical. I know what you’re thinking. Where is he going with this? I'm going to try to enlighten you.
You don't need eighty pound line to catch a fish that weighs between 20 to 150 pounds. In fact, I'd be surprised if you catch anything at all. The water, as you may have noticed, is very clear in our area. And my, what big eyes our fish have--a big tarpon has eyes the size of coffee cups, and permit and mutton snapper have big eyes as well. Ray Charles can see eighty pound leader material in our water--so can these fish and they will avoid it like the plague!
Here are some tips that will surely help you achieve your goals of catching those trophy fish.
So, let's break it down.
The monsters of May await. Remember, get light to get the bite!
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