Wow; 21 tarpon in one day

It’s been a phenomenal week in Boca Grande. We’ve been slamming the tarpon on the beach, in the big pass and on the hill.

In a three-day span we jumped 43 fish, with one extraordinary day Wednesday when we jumped 21 silver kings. All of the action has been on live crabs.

We’re keeping the action going by taking advantage of the three primary fishing patterns and staying on top of what the fish are doing. When there are active, feeding fish moving along the beaches, we’ve been there to intercept them. Carefully presenting a live crab ahead of moving, feeding fish we are seeing some of our best action. We’ve also been taking advantage of fish at the hill, where on the full and new moons this time of year the crabs are abundant and drifting inside the pass where hungry tarpon slurp them up. We had the full moon this week, and the fish where happy as can be on the hill. We gave them what they wanted, only our crabs had hooks in them.

Of course fishing in the depths of Boca Grande Pass itself is an option, and when the fish congregate there and are in a feeding mood, we’ve been there to greet them.

All in all it’s a fantastic season so far, and there’s still plenty of good fishing ahead. I still have a few open days toward the end of June, so if you want to get in on the action, just call or drop me an email and we’ll put you on some of the best tarpon fishing anywhere.

Reasons to Go Tarpon Fishing With a Professional Guide

Now there are two types of people in this world: those who know what tarpon are, and those who don’t. If you’re an avid fisherman and you’ve ever lived near or visited somewhere near the ocean then you’ll likely know that tarpon are ocean-going fish measuring between 4 to 8 feet long and weighing 80 to 280 pounds. With a dorsal and anal soft rays, along with silvery scales over most of their bodies (except the head), tarpon are known for large eyes, broad mouths, and big lower jaws jutting out from their faces. You won’t find them in Lake Erie or the Mississippi River. You will, however, find them in the Atlantic Ocean and the warm coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

While most anglers know a lot about fishing for trout or pike or whatever the popular fish is in their local waters, once they get to saltwater it can be a different story. That’s why Action Fishing Adventures is set up to take fishermen out on the waters off Boca Grande, Florida, to find and reel in tarpon– a more elusive fish than most. Having a guide really helps anglers find where all the tarpon are in these parts, since the guide know these waters like the back of his hand.

From mid-April through mid-July, it’s prime tarpon fishing time in the Charlotte Harbor area off of Boca Grande. You’re likely to see thousands of tarpon in the waters, and, thanks to your guided fishing tour, expect to get about 8 to 12 hookups on a typical day.

Your guide is a Boca Grande tarpon fishing expert. He can tell you tales of finding 10,000 of them in one school. Interestingly, over time the tarpon have caught on to all the fishermen trying to get them, so it’s important to trust what your guide tells you and shows you to do in order to fool them right into the boat. These giant fish are caught in a safe and ethical manner when you go with Action Fishing Adventures. Captain Mike and the crew are there to help you have an unforgettable time, and they’ll be glad to take pictures so you can show everybody back home what you caught.

Reasons to Go Tarpon Fishing With a Professional Guide

Now there are two types of people in this world: those who know what tarpon are, and those who don’t.

If you’re an avid fisherman and you’ve ever lived near or visited somewhere near the ocean then you’ll likely know that tarpon are ocean-going fish measuring between 4 to 8 feet long and weighing 80 to 280 pounds. With a dorsal and anal soft rays, along with silvery scales over most of their bodies (except the head), tarpon are known for large eyes, broad mouths, and big lower jaws jutting out from their faces. You won’t find them in Lake Erie or the Mississippi River. You will, however, find them in the Atlantic Ocean and the warm coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

While most anglers know a lot about fishing for trout or pike or whatever the popular fish is in their local waters, once they get to saltwater it can be a different story.

That’s why Action Fishing Adventures is set up to take fishermen out on the waters off Boca Grande, Florida, to find and reel in tarpon– a more elusive fish than most. Having a guide really helps anglers find where all the tarpon are in these parts, since the guide know these waters like the back of his hand.

From mid-April through mid-July, it’s prime tarpon fishing time in the Charlotte Harbor area off of Boca Grande.

You’re likely to see thousands of tarpon in the waters, and, thanks to your guided fishing tour, expect to get about 8 to 12 hookups on a typical day.

Your guide is a Boca Grande tarpon fishing expert.

He can tell you tales of finding 10,000 of them in one school. Interestingly, over time the tarpon have caught on to all the fishermen trying to get them, so it’s important to trust what your guide tells you and shows you to do in order to fool them right into the boat. These giant fish are caught in a safe and ethical manner when you go with Action Fishing Adventures. Captain Mike and the crew are there to help you have an unforgettable time, and they’ll be glad to take pictures so you can show everybody back home what you caught.

We’re on the beach, the harbor and most important ON THE TARPON

A tarpon we hooked yesterday leaps from the water and rips some drag
Mission accomplished. One of our fish landed yesterday smiles for a photo before being released.

Well, we’re slamming the tarpon on the beaches, up on the Harbor and in the sound now that scores of sharks have chased the tarpon out of the big pass.

It’s all part of the fishery, but that’s OK. When the tarpon move, we move with them and the bite is on. Remarkably, I still have a few open days, so get with me a book a trip. Now is the time.

Crabs are getting it done for us, and we’re jumping multiple fish every trip. The tarpon are hungry, fighting mad when hooked and providing all the thrills and chills we look for when fishing the mighty silver king.

There is so much history in this annual Boca tarpon run, and if you like to fish there simply is no excuse for not putting a Boca tarpon trip on your list of fishing adventures to experience. There is simply nothing like it.

Right now I’m staying on the schools of fish and following their lead. This might mean cruising off the beach and working our way into the path of moving fish, presenting the irresistible live crab. It might mean working the Harbor or the Sound. One thing you can be sure of, is we’ll be where the fish are.

A typical day this week was 7 fish jumped and a pair of big tarpon coming to the boat. It’s the kind of action you can expect right now, so don’t miss out.

Tarpon by the thousands, anglers by the handful – now’s the time

One of today’s tarpon boatside. It took a live crab

There are lots of secrets that go into a successful tarpon fishing trip, but none top timing, and the time is now.

It’s not even mid April and there already are thousands of tarpon in Boca Grand Pass, and they are hungry.

We landed four of eight today, the largest going a whopping 180 pounds. All were take drifting live crabs in the big pass. What a day!

The best part is the only crowds you will have to deal with now are crowds of silver kings. I still have a few days open over the next couple of weeks, and I can’t think of a better scenario – lots and lots of big fish and not many anglers on the water chasing them. It’s “THE” opportunity of the season.

The basic tactic is to position the boat ahead of moving fish and get those crabs drifting naturally in the current. Crabs are hard to resist for tarpon, and when they see its wiggling legs near the surface, they pounce with a vengeance.

One of the tarpon hooked today explodes from the water after falling for a live crab in Boca Grande Pass

Things get medieval really fast from there, and the next thing you know the rod is doubled over and fish weighing more than many grown men is flying through the air and shaking its head wildly. The force these fish exert on their runs is awe inspiring, and offers one of the greatest angling challenges to be found anywhere.

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so make some time, book a trip and make some fantastic fishing memories.

We had all our fish by 11 a.m. today – the 180-pounder, and 150, a 110 and a 90-pound fish. We jumped off four others.

Big Tarpon – Book Now, a few open days available

Rolling tarpon ahead, and now it’s all about the stalk.

This early season tarpon was 8 feet long and 220 to 230 lbs

It’s the start of the 2017 tarpon season and this morning I’m working the quiet backcountry of Charlotte Harbor, where tarpon have congregated in April for as long as anyone can remember. It’s this brand of tarpon fishing that offers some of the greatest challenge and satisfaction. It’s about the sight of moving fish, the finesse of quietly positioning the boat ahead of them and casting either a live bait like a crab or a plug in the fish’s path.

This day it was a plug our first fish of the day gulped, rocketing into the air. It was a short affair, with the plug flying free shortly after, but what a way to start the day. My anglers were pumped and ready for more action. They were not disappointed.

That first fish was a harbinger of things to come. Very big thing, it would turn out.

The tarpon are already in the big Boca Grande Pass, and today they were hungry. It’s already shaping up like a great early season, and I still have some days open, so don’t miss your chance at some great action before the crowds descend on the tarpon capital of the world.

We hooked several fish this day, but the highlight was monster that took a live crab. No ordinary tarpon, this silver submarine of a fish was 8 feet long, and easily weighed in at 220 pounds. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were more like 230. It’s an example of what is possible here in Boca at the kickoff of the annual tarpon season.

This fish made it all the way to boat, where after photographing it, we revived her and set her free. The story a fish like this provides is for the ages. It’s a family fishing tale that can be passed along through generations. It’s a photograph that will always have a place on the family wall of memories. It’s priceless.

Interesting Facts About Tarpon Fish

Boca Grande, Florida, is THE place to go when you want to catch tarpon. Action Fishing Adventures has built a highly reputable business helping many people experience the thrill of catching tarpon in Florida’s coastal waters.

Tarpon are primarily known to stick near the shore in places like salt marshes, passes, beaches and grass flats. If you’ve never seen one before, picture a fish with a dorsal fin that extends into a long filament. They’re also known for their large, upward pointing mouths and very large scales. Another name for tarpon is “silver king” because of its majestic appearance.

Did you know tarpon have the ability to gulp air and remove oxygen using their lung-like tissue located near their swim bladder? Thus, you’re likely to spot tarpon because they do this with a “rolling” effect in the water.

Spawning offshore between the months of May and September, tarpon eventually get to be anywhere from 80 to well over 200 pounds during their lives. One time a 243-pounder was caught near Key West! In general, tarpon mature between the ages of 7 and 13. They can grow up to 8-feet long and live about 50 or 60 years.

To catch tarpon, anglers might use live shrimp or pinfish for bait. Tarpon tags are required for harvest/trophy purposes. It should be noted that tarpon are not eaten by people since they have no food value. So, to catch a tarpon is more for the thrill of it (and a great picture) than for the purpose of dinner.  Most anglers practice catch and release with tarpon.

By the way, tarpon is one of Florida’s premier game fish. They’ll put up a fight when you try and catch them– you’ll be battling them to see who has more strength and stamina!

Are you ready to experience tarpon fishing in Boca Grande? If yes, call Florida’s Action Fishing Adventures today at 727-243-8918.