Every tarpon season has its own characteristics. This past season was no different. As I look back two events stand out in my mind. The first was the number of big fish that showed up. I heard the same thing many times from the other captains at Bahia Honda “Did you see the size of that Tarpon?” Yeah, I heard it and saw it quite often. What is a big tarpon? In my mind from 130 lbs. and up are “big fish.” Last season we fought many that were 150 lbs. plus, and at least three over 175 lbs. Let’s all hope that this is a trend of the future. The Florida kill tag law has been in effect about 10 years; maybe it’s starting to pay off. The second event is all about bait. Just as in past years, those tarpon managed to throw us a few curves. As most of you know, mullet is the bait of choice in the early part of season, changing to crabs and pinfish more towards June. This year crabs were the hot bait from beginning to end. That’s not to say mullet weren’t getting bites, they were, but the talk at the dock was how many bites were being made on those little crabs. For some reason that only the tarpon know, crabs were the delicacy of the year. As the season progressed the demand for crabs increased and so of course did the price. But who cares? You just had to have them. Once again those pesky tarpon showed us when you think you have them figured out they have something new to teach you. Well no matter what the tarpon are looking for, when Alex and I leave the dock you can be sure that there will be plenty of mullet, pinfish and crabs on board.
I look forward to fishing with you,