Tarpon fishing charters are now in full swing from Indian Rocks Beach to Clearwater FL up to Tarpon Springs. Last week Skinny Water Charters of Clearwater, FL had several hookups and boated 2 silver kings. One was 75lbs and the other was150lbs.
How to position your boat for catching more Clearwater Tarpon
With the tarpon moving up and down the beaches, finding a lane to set up and anchor to wait for these fish to come to you has been the most productive strategy. The Minn Kota, piloted by Capt’ Craig Lahr definitely adds to the Arsenal with no rope in the water to make schools of tarpon split and go around your baits.
Best rod & rig for Clearwater & IRB Tarpon hookups
Typical setup is a 8 foot Daiwa saltus rod 40/70 braid rated with a 5500 or 6500 pen spinfisher V with 50 lb fins windtamer. We use 50 lb fluorocarbon 8-foot section to a 2ft section 80 pound fluorocarbon with a 5ot octopus circle hook.
Best bait for big Tarpon fishing
Best baits have been horse minnows, threadfin herring and pumpkin seeds AKA Atlantic bumper.