A Few Useful Tarpon Fishing Tips
In general, the best tarpon fishing is done starting from April and up to June, almost anywhere in the world where these giants can be found. Especially during the spring spawn, the tarpon offer quite a big show to the anglers who wish to measure their skills catching these fish.
One of the most important aspects regarding tarpon fishing is what they prefer to eat. In other words, what should you use as bait. Adult tarpon are predatory fish. They usually feed in mid-water, and their main diet consists of fish, crabs and shrimp. The most used live fish for catching tarpon are mullet and pinfish.
Tarpon swallow their prey whole. But they also prefer it fresh. Therefore, hooking up the bait requires finesse. For example, crabs should be hooked from a corner of their shell. Mullet or pinfish should be hooked from their mouth. As for the shrimp, you can hook them by the tail or by the head, but it’s best to use hook up jigs in case you’re using shrimp as bait for tarpon.
Of course, in various places, tarpon prefer different foods, at various depths, even if they usually prefer to feed in mid-water. So, if you’re fishing for tarpon for the first time in a certain area, it’s best to “scrutinize” the waters first lining 3-4 hooks, one close to the bottom, two in mid-water and one close to the surface, with various baits, to see what they prefer. Also, you should know that depending of the water temperature, the visibility of the water and various other factors, they may change their preferences. For example, there are days when tarpon bite only on crabs, not even touching other types of bait.
As for artificial bait, tarpon seem to be quite interested in lures that imitate minnows. Also, soft plastic and rubber lures that imitate pinfish or mullets will bring great results. Walking-the-dog lures, as well as different chuggers and poppers work fine for tarpon fishing. Here’s a nice video on chugger lures, btw:
An important thing that you should keep in mind when it comes to lures, is that some days, fish (in general, not just tarpon), might prefer only one kind of lure. And if you lose that one, the other ones, no matter how many kinds you have, might just be useless. That’s why it’s best when you’re shopping for lures, to buy at least 2-3 of each kind.
A fish finder would be quite a great tool to locate tarpon. Since you’re going to be out of sea, it’s probably the best to save for a superior fish finder, with GPS and chartplotting, to use as a navigational tool as well. If not, there are plenty of affordable fish finders, focused only on tracking fish. Hummingbird fish finders, for example, like the Humminbird 345c are not a bad choice. Anyway, here’s a list of fish finders that I’m sure you’ll find affordable: http://hummingbirdfishfinderreviews.com/cheap-hummingbird-fish-finders/