Tampa Bay Tarpon Report
is finally here, my favorite time of year, Tarpon season. The first few days of the month we had to work at hooking the Tarpon a little harder, although we still made it happen. We had large numbers of fish schooling in the area by the 1st of May, although they seem to be a little tight lipped because the water was a little cooled down by the cold front the week before. That changed quickly though. The Tarpon are running full blast now; it only took a few hot days and the bite was on. Today we landed four, the largest a 150 pounder, and hooked over ten and left them biting. Yesterday we hooked fifteen Tarpon, including a quadruple hookup, and landed five. We left them biting. There is just nothing quite like sight fishing for Tarpon. It's the best fishing in the world, and it doesn't get any better than Anna Maria Island in May for sight fishing giant Tarpon. This will be my 18th year as a fulltime charter captain fishing for Tarpon, and every year is just as exciting as the year before. I love it; I eat, drink, dream and live this stuff every day until about the 3rd week of July. I just can't wait for the first approaching school of the morning and then the first hookup of the day that might even be better.
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So that's what I have to report about, the tarpon are biting. I'm not going to run down a big list of fish that I have not been targeting this month, although I am sure the Redfish, Snook and Trout are on the bite as well. I did catch a 45 pound Cobia on the beach while Tarpon fishing this week, which was a nice little bonus, but that is pretty much it. I am fishing for Tarpon, and I am catching them.
Let me know if you want to get out and do battle, until next time I hope you enjoyed my report and as always good luck fishing. Capt Matt
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About The Author: Captain Matt Ercoli
Company: Florida Sport Fishing Outfitters
Area Reporting: Tampa Bay to Sarasota Florida
Bio: Capt. Matt Ercoli is a premier Florida Gulf coast fishing guide and 1999 Saltwater Flats National Champion. He has assisted clients to five IGFA world records. Capt. Matt's experience and knowledge of local waters assures a successful day of fishing. Whether you prefer light tackle fishing or you're a fly-fishing purist, Capt. Matt can accommodate you. Fishing possibilities include the clear saltwater flats and mangrove backcountry from Tampa Bay & St. Petersburg to Sarasota; fishing for tarpon, snook, redfish and trout. If your preference is offshore fishing, there is permit, kingfish, grouper, little tunny, shark and more.