Woke up at 4:45 this am, and it is a bit chilly, started a fire and sat in front of the fire-place with a Coffee & Smoke until the chill left the old bones. It was a great way to start the day, and I assume that was the last fire of the season. The warm weather will be steady from now on, and With the warmth come Tarpon season. Yes the silver Kings or woppin big Lady fish what ever name you have for them. are already here in enough numbers to go out and target Tarpon for a fishin trip and have a good chance of success. For A fish which is a giant garbage disposal, can be so finicky when it comes to a lure.
The D.O.A. bait buster is the old stand-by. each year one lure or another tries to take its place and each year they fail.
As far as live bait the thread fins 5 inch or larger seem to be the best bet for Tarpon, with Crabs a close 2nd. as far as fisherman’s choice. I would add that more Tarpon are caught with a chunk of dead lady fish or cat-fish even chunks of mullet than on almost any other baits. That does not give the Silver King myth a very prestigious appetite. So anglers continue to pursue the perfect thread fin bait or the perfect size crab. It makes the Tarpon hunting adventure more glamorous, But if you really want to catch one, toss a Live or chunk fish out and then ignore the bait, when you are least expecting it, drinking eating a sandwich. Wham fish on. If you are a “J” hook person keep in mind it is a 3 set rule with Tarpon, Set the hook, then set it again, and once more to make sure.
Well time for me to get to work. You all have fun out there stay warm this morning and enjoy the last of the chilly weather, and think thoughts of bright sun shine, smooth water, and silver Kings rising up clearing the water and crashing back into the waves.
I will get a refill on my coffee light up another one and start my chores.