Tarpon Fishing in Southwest Florida
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Fly fishing in the Mangroves
Chasing fish with a fly rod is the ultimate shallow water experience. We spend our days targeting snook, redfish and tarpon in the shallow bays and coves of the 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park This type of fishing is the equivalent of hunting because often we search for our target before casting.

Poling into the skinny water, we will look for the subtle signs of fish. Casts need to be quick and accurate. Once the fly has landed a short, quick strip will usually elicit a reaction strike. The most critical part of process comes next with the hook set. To catch snook, redfish and tarpon on fly a solid strip set must be used. Lifting the rod tip will not drive the hook home and the fish won’t stay on the line.

Tarpon fly fishing is a sight fishing activity. As the waters warm, tarpon move into shallow bays to rest and actually are found often lying motionless. They appear to be sleeping or resting and are prime targets once located. A well placed fly stripped across their face normally results in a electrifying hook up.
What will we be fishing for?
Sport fishing is year-round in Southwest Florida. Snook, redfish and tarpon abound in the warmer months and can be caught in the winter if the weather is mild. Cooler temperatures bring in sea trout, pompano, sheepshead, and black drum. Jack crevalle, ladyfish, snapper and more fill in the rest of the day with tight lines and bent rods. The weather and the tides play a major factor in what is biting. These mangrove estuaries offer tremendous diversity at all times throughout the year. You just never know what the next cast might bring.
Our departure sites include Goodland, Marco Island, Naples, Everglades City and Chokoloskee. We also run charters from Estero Bay and Pine Island which are about 30 minutes north of Naples.
 
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Tarpon, also known as the “silver king”, are targeted throughout the 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park. During their spring migration, large tarpon up to 175 pounds regularly make a voyage up the West Coast of Florida including through SW Florida. Resident, smaller tarpon or “baby tarpon” ranging up to 50 pounds spend their time in the quiet backwaters of the mangroves. Once hooked and fighting, these baby tarpon seem to spend more time out of the water than in. Revered for their acrobatics and power, tarpon are high on everyone’s list of angling targets. Guides book the majority of their days in April, May and June for tarpon charters.

Fly fishing for tarpon is an addictive sport. Anglers come from all over the world to chase these fish with a fly rod. Fly fishing for tarpon in the 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park is an exercise in patience and accuracy. Poling through shallow bays and coves, we hunt for tarpon to be lying motionless, often called “laid up.”  These fish will be lying still and can be taken with an accurate cast that brings the fly right past their nose.

Casting artificial lures is an exciting way to fish for tarpon. Top waters, lipped plugs, jigs, and soft plastics all come in handy when targeting tarpon. The casts need to be accurate and quick but the constant activity of working the plugs is a type of fishing that every angler enjoys.

Tarpon are suckers for natural baits. A free lined scaled sardine or thread herring rarely gets turned down if the fish are active. These baits must be frisky but their large profile and flashy scales drive the tarpon wild. Big tarpon are constantly targeted in the spring time with cut bait also. Taking advantage of a tarpon’s acute sense of smell, we position the boat in their travel routes and let them come to us. A stout circle hook ensures a good hookup without fear of having the tarpon swallow the hook too deep for removal.

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