Tarpon are the prehistoric Goliath’s of the Flats! The Silver Kings! Bucket Mouth! Poon!
Tarpon are the giants of flats fly-fishing. The silver kings. Tarpon are the high flyers of the flats. Their long screaming runs, acrobatic leaps and mammoth size make them a species at the top of the fly-fishing must list.
Whether casting to Tarpon hold up in the mangroves or casting into a daisy chain on the flats the prospect of hooking one of these monsters is enough to stop your heart. Resident Tarpon can be found year round in most locations. Tarpon generally begin the spawning migration in April and May in most of the Caribbean. This means that you are more likely to find abundant and large fish on the flats from April through September.
Baby or juvenile tarpon are considered to be Tarpon up to 3 years and are found in mangroves and lagoons of stagnant water. Mature tarpon are found on the flats or in deeper water where they feed on larger prey.
Tarpon fishing is almost always done from the deck of a flats boat. Cast to the lead fish and strip so that the fly appears as though it is fleeing or running away from the tarpon. Make sure that the line at your feet is clear. You wont have time to do anything else but hold on. When the tarpon jumps be sure to bow the rod. Or drop the tip down to the water. This will help to stop the fish from throwing the hook.
Rods: 10-12 wt rods. Floating and intermediate sink tip tropical shooting head lines. 40–80 lb fluorocarbon leader. No need to purchase braided/twisted leader.
Flies: #2/0 and 3/0 Black Death, Cockroach, EP Peanut Butter Baitfish, Lefty’s Deceiver, Tarpon Toad, Whistler.