Tarpon Explossion Tampa Bay
<p>Tarpon season is in full swing along Central Florida's beaches and lower Tampa Bay. Today's trip started along St. Pete beach at first light. Armed with a live well full of pass and blue crabs we felt confident with today's strong tides.
Before the sun came up we found a pod of tarpon only to have them disappear as quickly as we found them. The next 45 minutes we scoured the beach only to draw a big blank.
We moved South several miles and found a pod of Tarpon within 10 minutes. The first crab in was crushed within seconds but the 6/0 circle hook did not connect. Dave made another great cast with a fresh crab and this time a huge Silver King slurped the crab like candy. The giant Tarpon jumped totally amazing Captain Steven as this was a 200 pound Tarpon. Unfortunately the giant won the battle.
I used the trolling motor to get in casting range again this time the sun and stars aligned with a great hook set. Dave was tight to a large Tarpon well over 150 pounds that only jumped once. The silver king was a bull dog that would not give up. An hour later an exhausted Dave landed the beautiful Tarpon.
The day ended with 7 tarpon and very tired arms! It was an awesome day wrestling the silver king. Look for more amazing Tarpon action with next week's hill tides.
Captain Steven Markovich
About The Author: Captain Steven Markovich
Company: On The mark Charters
Area Reporting: Tampa Bay
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