Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Big Tarpon Off The Gulf Beaches


 

 


 
 
Right now we're at the height of the annual tarpon migration.  I've been spending almost all of my mornings in six to ten feet of water between North Captiva and Gasparilla looking for the big schools of fish that are heading up from the Keys.  There are thousands of tarpon pouring through the Gulf and the Passes separating the barrier islands.  Getting them to eat this week wasn't easy thanks to the really bright full moon but my anglers have been feeding at least one or two of them live crabs every day.  These are some huge tarpon and they'll keep pouring through for at least another couple of weeks.  After that the juveniles will be here well into the fall.  Hot as hell out there on the water but this is still my favorite time of year.