Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Charlotte Harbor Tarpon Fishing

June is tarpon season throughout all of south Florida and the big fish have been here for several weeks now. Most of the catching has been done in the the deeper passes near Boca Grande but now the fish are moving onto the clear flats of Charlotte Harbor. Just yesterday my dad and I poled onto three different pods of tarpon in less than five feet of water near the Burnt Store area. One pod was actively daisy chaining which is a spawing ritual mostly seen in the Keys. Fly rods are the preferred tackle for clear water tarpon anywhere and the shallows of Charlotte Harbor are very clear right now. The next few weeks should bring even more of tarpon our way and anglers up here won't have to flight the crowds of other fly fisherman that are overwhelming the Keys right now.