Tarpon is a non edible fish from my knowledge but I am sure someone eats them. size anywhere from 40lbs to 200lbs and bigger they are a great fight and can be alot of fun when nothing else is hitting. I fish for them in a couple of places, the number one spot is the bridges in the Keys, I prefer Channel 2 or Channel 5 you can be guaranteed 10 to 50 hook-ups a night and sometimes even more, another spot is the beaches of South Florida in the spring early summer. ………………. Please CONTINUE READING—–Click here———→
Family Fishing Summertime, this is for those Moms and Dads that have plans or ideas of maybe taking the little one or ones fishing during summer break. It’s simple, what ever they catch will be great for them so don’t stress and use this simple technique. Cast out fresh pieces of shrimp fished on a double guppy rig ( 2 or more hooks on a rig spaced 8 to 10 inches with the weight on the bottom ) Aka chicken or pompano rig. I use a light rod small enough for them to handle with a 1 or 2 oz pyramid weight and number 6 or 8 circle hook size (this is a very small hook), fish this anywhere there is sand from the beach or pier area and also on the sandy sides of Jetties. Keep the line taught and just let them hold the rod and when the fish takes the bait it should hook itself. We should have an abundance of sand perch (mojarras), blue runners, small jacks, grunts, and croakers all will be a blast for kids under 12 and they should not have to wait to long for a bite. Don’t forget a rag or gloves, kids can be kind of funny about touching fish and they are much easier coached into it with a rag for that photo op.
So your a fisherman and you know what brought that giant smile to your face once ago and so you want to take your children, family or Friends fishing and pass along a feeling of contentment, joy and the pure clean adrenaline rush of getting in that fish. Oh how I remember and still experience that feeling every time I catch a fish or have caught one. Its incredible and empowering. I have successfully caught and can feed myself or my family from the ocean and that I skillfully managed that fish onto my hook and into my cooler as Bruce Willis say’s Yippee kiyaa.
I get these questions a lot and thought this would be the best way to answer this now and in the future with this article.
I Just need to catch something and would prefer it to be edible
where and how do I catch some fish for my Family and or them catch fish??????
Well Freshwater is not the best around me, Its contaminated so I suggest Saltwater, but even then there is still environmental issues you should make yourself aware of, most coastline seafood has levels of not so good chemicals so check with Florida State for your area.
Beach is my choice, you will have an array of fish to go for using a simple rig and Combo, most will be pan fish ranging from 1/4 of a pound to 3 pounds and bigger sometimes.
What might you catch, Edibles Croakers, Whiting, Grunts, Jack crevale, Blue runner, Snapper, Hog Fish. Seasonal Edibles, Pompano, Bluefish, Flounder, Red Fish. Not so Edible Lizardfish, Ladyfish.Bonefish. Assorted Sting rays, I am sure a few others.
Medium Rod and Reel or a 9 foot to 12 foot Surf Rod and reel, fully lined with 15lb or 20lb test minimum, you need pompano rigs with Circle or Khale 4, 2, 1/0, I like to have all three, you can also make your own Chicken rig, drop loop rig or pompano rig what ever you want to call it, use pyramid weight you will hold bottom better, you will also need sand spikes for your rods.
M is for monster
a is for the close of April
Y is for Yes they are here!
The Silver Kings roam North and your looking for those that have silver dollar scales, those our the big ones and the ones that almost can’t be stopped, they have speed, agility and the ability to shake a hook free in mid air.
Besides a 14 foot Shark, a Tarpon is another I would consider an almost impossible catch, I am not talking 40 or 60 pound fish, I am talking about 125pound or bigger Monsters these fish don’t just roll over and say I give up.
Over the years I have been lucky enough to witness and watch some of the best South Florida Land based fisherman do their thing from Sharkers, Snookers and Tarponators and I would say Tarpon fishing is the best to watch from the screaming drag and aerobatics to the Finishing picture of the cradling of that Silver King is just unbelievable.
It Starts in South Florida in around the end of April and heats up to the grand Finale at the end of May into June.
Most of the fisherman I know start the season using 20 pound test and finish using 15lb test at the end, now with the introduction of braid it has lost some appeal because of the line capacity with braid it does make it easier, but many of the fisherman still use Mono and do this sport for the skill and sportsmanship and those are the guys that make it what it is, UNBELIEVABLE.
Just a quick report summarizing a week’s worth of fishing targeting primarily snook. Remember it’s catch and release only for now and please try to land and release snook as safely as possible , as this is breeding time for them. When fishing off a bridge or pier, always use a landing net to land the snook and use the net to release them as well.
Deerfield pier anglers have been catching some nice slot sized snook mostly during the times of dawn and dusk using big pilchards.
Same goes for surf fishing. Snook and other gamefish such as tarpon and big jacks have had busting bait schools right along the shoreline. Bait has been easy to load up on, and with a big friskie pilchard on a cricle hook, no snook is going to resist.
The boca inlet has also had some HUGE snook as well, many overslot. There have been some mangrove snappers also feeding on small sardines and live shrimp on a jighead but many inlet regulars haven’t been putting enough time into them. They ARE there, just have to look around.
That’s about it, sorry no pics though. My camera broke but now it’s fixed so next time I will have them.
“A little early by a few weeks but soon to be here”
Because these fish at this time are out for the hunger of it and the sport with the water just filled with food. At times I have seen so many Mullet for so far and you could see as the swells came in the hundreds of little heads and tails wishling around and as a big fish would creep up from below and they would all at once like a wave in a stadium move and at night watching with shoreline light seeing huge silver sides envolping waves of white from all the mullet splashing up for as far as you could see with the darkness of the night sky in the back ground and the sounds of the fish “remarkable and unforgetable”. ………………. Please CONTINUE READING—–Click here———→
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