Summer Tarpon Fishing

I often hear some of my inquiring anglers say they heard there were no tarpon around because it’s not “Tarpon Season.” This implies that tarpon are only around the Florida Keys in May and June.  This is simply misleading.  The annual migration of tarpon throughout the Keys generally occurs in the spring months: March, April, May and June. It is during these months we tend to find the greatest populations of fish congregating along the oceanside flats or backcountry bays near Islamorada. However, the Silver King as they are commonly referred to are, in fact, caught year around.  When you have calm, warm conditions for instance, you will find tarpon feeding on hatches of shrimp in the backcountry or ocean or wherever large amount of floating sea grass is found. While the summer months can be hot and humid, tarpon will find the calm waters as a place of rest, and a place to feed.  They will also enjoy a bit more solitude as there are fewer anglers out looking for them.  If you’re after the Giant of the Flats, Silver King, Overgrown Sardine, or just about any other piscatorial pursuit, the summer in the Keys can best one of the best times of the year to do just that.

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