Miami Tarpon Fishing and Key Biscayne Tarpon Fishing With a Pro Fishing Guide
Few experiences on the water match Miami tarpon fishing for action and excitement. As a charter fishing guide, I have spent a lot of time fishing for Miami tarpon in the Key Biscayne and surrounding areas. It is a fishing opportunity that everyone who visits Miami (those with experience fishing or those with no fishing experience at all) need to pursue. Give me a call, and I will be delighted to be your tarpon fishing guide for your charter.
What is so great about Key Biscayne tarpon fishing? For me a lot of the appeal is the tarpon's immense strength. The Silver King is mostly muscle covered with a sheath of exceptionally large silver scales. Powerful as they are, a Tarpon will drift almost motionlessly conserving energy as it watches for its opportunity. When it comes, a tarpon explodes forward.
At other times, tarpon hunt on the move charging through Miami's cuts and channels with the flow of the current. Tarpon are always fishing for their next dinner. When tarpon hit their prey they are moving full tilt and and their huge maw swallows its catch whole. Tarpon attack a lure or bait in the same way, barreling forward at close to full throttle. Sometimes even before they are hooked, tarpon feel the drag of the line they are suddenly pulling through the water and this will send a tarpon airborne.
Tarpon in Key Biscayne and Miami are often exceed 50 pounds and during Miami tarpon fishing season the size average increase to 120lbs with 200 plus pounders caught with some frequency in the months of January - May. Tarpon much bigger than that have been caught and some get 180lbs. however, even a 20 pound tarpon is a fishing thrill to catch. Tarpon jump, twist and spin. A tarpon, whatever the size, leaps and whips its head back and forth to shake the tackle. I have seen good size tarpon go head over tail. A tarpon has an exceedingly bony mouth, making tarpon harder to hook than most game fish. Your tarpon fishing guide will coach you on setting the hook if you have not experienced tarpon fishing before, but tarpon often manage to throw out the hook despite even a very experienced fishing hand's knowledge of tarpon. I tell charter fishing clients that when a hook is thrown the cause is the tarpon's remarkable athletic ability. And, that ability is part of the fun of getting a tarpon to charge your bait.
Tarpon Fishing at Night When They Are Hunting
Night fishing for tarpon requires a fishing guide with special skills. But a night charter for tarpon in Miami is the most productive way to find big-time, tarpon action. There is nothing else like it. Tarpon will bite night or day, but plainly they like to hunt at night. Tarpon eyes are huge and that gives tarpon a special advantage at night. Night tarpon fishing charters generally begin around sunset and last about four hours, or extend well into the night. Trips are customized to fit the needs of the tarpon fishing angler. Where we fish for tarpon, no long run is required. The tarpon are close by. The lights of the city provide a memorable backdrop. Even in the middle of the summer, it is cool on the water at night. It is a great time to fish for tarpon.
As an experienced fishing guide, I keep track of the tides and phase of the moon because when those condition are played correctly our tarpon fishing opportunities improve. The right bait is important for tarpon. Also, fishing regularly for tarpon gives any fishing guide much better current knowledge about where the action is. Generally, for tarpon we will be playing tides and currents. One advantage we have over the tarpon is that we know tarpon like to stalk their prey by patiently patrolling the dark shadows just beyond the light cast by street lamp on the bridges or dock lights near the shore.
Sight Fishing for Tarpon Helped by Surface Roll
Tarpon roll with mouth agape at the surface to inhale air which is held within the tarpon's swim bladder. The tarpons swim bladder performs a bit like an air breathing mammal's lung. Tarpon also breath by way of their gills. This may help explain the tarpon's stamina, Tarpon are better able to keep their blood-oxygen level up as they rip through the water. The swim bladder breathing capability also allows them to cruise with no difficulty through stagnant, low oxygen baring water. Partially as a result, tarpon are perfectly at home in freshwater as well as salt. As a Tarpon fishing guide I have seen how these capacities give tarpon a broader range and access to more food sources. Tarpon spawn offshore in the spring and summer.
A mature female tarpon will lay more than 10 million eggs. At early stages of life, tarpon larva absorb nutrients. Tarpon larva that is carried into rivers and bays soon graduates to eating bugs and minnows. Fully grown, tarpon often hunt at night aided by huge eyes. Tarpon have tiny teeth. Because tarpon swallow their prey whole they don't need big teeth. Adult tarpon feed on schooling fish and shrimp. Tarpon will pluck crabs off the bottom. An adult, healthy tarpon is formidable, but if a tarpon is injured, or sick or occasionally if they are on the end of a fishing line, they may be attacked by sharks. Attacks by porpoise have been recorded in fishing records.
Tarpon are not considered to be edible in most communities. Fishing guides stalk tarpon for the spectacular show they present when hooked. Tarpon are jumpers. Airborne, it is possible to hear their big gills rattle. Even a relatively small tarpon, two or three feet long, are exceptionally game fish. Despite their fierceness, wild tarpon have been trained to take fish from a human hand. Female tarpon are bigger than male tarpon. Biologists say female tarpon can live more than 50 years. Male tarpon may reach more than 30 years of age.
Tarpon Fishing Guides Need The Right Boat
For Miami and Biscayne Bay tarpon fishing, a flats boat is the best fishing platform for inshore tarpon. A flats boat allows the charter fishing guide to move nimbly and quickly. In my flats boat, we can cross shallow flats, duck between bridge pilings, work close to docks and piers. A flats boat is also relatively easy to position when lining up a cast when tarpon are spotted. My boat utilizes an electric trolling motor that is in sync with a GPS device, this allows the motor to hold us in a particular place while we cast. Once the fight is on a flats boat can be quickly maneuvered to give the charter fishing clients the perfect angle._________________________________________________________________________