The massive and powerful Silver King aka the Tarpon, is one of the most sought after inshore game fish species here in South Florida. Whether it’s on fly, spinning, casting or conventional your always guaranteed one thing– A FIGHT! In South Florida’s amazing fishery, you can find Tarpon in almost any body of water since they can survive in anything from fresh to salt and everything in between including canals, lakes, back water creeks, on the flats, Inlets and bridges.
To catch Tarpon, anything from Swim baits to Hogys and Jigs will work while the Tarpon are feeding as long as its presented properly. One of my Favorite ways to Target the full size migratory Tarpon is on bridges at night using artificials. One technique I use is letting the baits drift back into the shadow lines giving them a twitch or reel every few feet. Also I will blind cast and and reel fast sub surface brining my bait through bait pods (mullet, pilchards, etc) out in the open far out in front of the bridge.
My preferred rod and reel combo would be my Shimano Twinpower BXG 8000 spooled with 65lb Power Pro Paired with the 8ft XXH 20-40 Shimano Teramar or the new Gulfstream Lures 8ft 20-50 FlairHawk rod(review coming soon) and 4 to 6 feet of 80-100lb fluorocarbon leader with a Gulfstream Lures 1.5oz Skimmer Flair Hawk tied to the end.
My advice is to always follow tides, wind, moon phases and the time of year when certain baits are on the flush. For example, in miami when a cold front comes accompanied by the full moon, shrimp and other baits will run turning these tarpon on fire!
Thanks for reading and good luck out there!
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