Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Golden Tarpon

We spent yesterday afternoon chasing the big tarpon off the beaches south of Gasparilla Island and my anglers noticed how different the color of these fish were compared to the juveniles closer to Pine Island.  Those full grown Gulf dwellers are much lighter and even have a slightly golden shade to their top scales.  This isn't uncommon since tarpon, as well as most of our inshore game fish, adapt their colors to the water they inhabit at the time.  Down in Key West where the fish are now coming out of the Gulf Stream their backs are a deep blue-green this time of year.