I haven’t posted anything in a while because I have been taking out fishing charters hunting for tarpon every day. Though my fishing charter business doesn’t just focus on catching tarpon; it seems that many of our charters during this time of year want to hunt and catch tarpon. The waters around Sanibel provide the perfect environment for tarpon and there are many to be caught. Tarpon prefer water temperatures of 72 to 82°F, so the Gulf of Mexico now is the perfect temperature for tarpon fishing.
There is a lot of competition to catch these extraordinary fish as there are many anglers on the water. I think it is the thrill of reeling in a big, fighting fish. “The thrill of the catch.” And what’s not to love about catching tarpon since they are hard fighting fish that put on spectacular aerial displays.
Lots of great photos have been captured by our fishing charter guests.
Charter Fishing for Tarpon
Tarpon grow to about 4–8 ft in length and weigh 60–280 pounds. We have been catching tarpon ranging from 50 pounds to over 160 pounds! The best baits have been live crabs and live threadfin herring. We will have more opportunities for fly fishermen starting in June, but we will still be able to get them on live bait as well.
Where our fishing charters have been catching Tarpon
The tarpon fishing around Sanibel Island, Captiva Island and Fort Myers Beach have been great. On windy days we have been fishing in Pine Island Sound and Matlacha. It is my favorite time of the year.
I have a lot of photos from our fishing charters over the last few weeks, so I picked some of the better ones to post.