Sunday, July 29, 2012

Pine Island Fishing Report: Gotta Love Those Baby Tarpon

Big morning tides and calm winds have had these guys rolling everywhere this past week.  They're hanging in the deeper canals and by most of the docks surrounding Pine Island and they become incredibly active at night.  I've heard from a few different anglers who've really crushed the tarpon after midnight around the construction barges off the Matlacha Bridge.  In the daytime it's a different story and usually refuse to eat anything, even live bait.  My buddy Don Moorehead landed the ten pounder pictured above with a white paddletail jig on one of his Keystone Custom Rods.  We threw at these fish, which were rolling by the dozens near the bridge, for almost an hour yesterday and this was the only one we landed.  They good news is that they'll be here for the rest of the summer and well into the fall.