Tarpon are one of the most exciting saltwater species caught from Virginia to the Carolinas to Florida and along the entire Gulf Coast. Tarpon are primarily found inshore near the bridges, passes, beaches and on the flats. There isn’t another fish in the sea that put on the show that a tarpon can. There are other fish that are very acrobatic, but the tarpon are in a class all by themselves.
Tarpon can be found in the passes, on the beaches, around bridges, near docks, on the flats and in the tidal creeks, inlets and backwaters.
How to Catch Tarpon
Popular baits for tarpon are live natural baits such as pinfish, mullet, squirrel fish, menhaden, spot and blue crabs. Lures will also work. Spoons, swimbaits, plugs, jigs and flies are all very productive. Most anglers prefer sight fishing for tarpon. Once you see a rolling fish, make sure to get ahead of the fish and then present your bait to the fish. You may see tarpon rolling along the beaches, on the flats, along lighted docks at night and around the bridges. When you find these rolling tarpon, there will usually be more fish in the area. During the tarpon migration, it is common to see tarpon in schools of 20 or more fish. Fishing the deep water of the passes and bridges is another very popular method for catching tarpon.
Tarpon are not good for eating. They are considered a sport fish.
- Baby Tarpon
- Migrating Tarpon
- Resident Tarpon
- Inshore Fishing for Tarpon
- How the Tides Affect Tarpon Fishing
- How the Time of Day Affects Tarpon Fishing
- How the Time of Year Affects Tarpon Fishing
- Kayak Fishing for Tarpon
- Carolina Rig
- Drop Shot Rig
- Floating Rig
- Free Lining Rig
- Split Shot Rig
- Texas Rig
- Three Way Swivel Rig