Fish Alert Friday 24th May
Another fish alert for you, this time a sportfish rarely seen in daylight in the seaway is feeding during the day so if you have never caught one before this is your chance.
Tarpon are feeding in the seaway on surface during the day around the last two hours of the run out and can be hooked on slugs or plastics. You won't land too many on slugs though as they will toss it most times. Plastics work fine, I caught them on ecogear Grass Minnow M CCM colour and Berkley Powerbaits in Cas Clear colour but any baitfish profile plastic should work. The key to catching these fish is to cast your lure into the bustup and let it sink to the bottom then wind it back slow. They will either pick it up on the drop or on the slow retrieve back. Remember these aren't GT's so keep that retrieve SLOW.
They are feeding in the area between the north wavebreak yellow and the Wavebreak East Cardinal Mark along the dirty water line so keep an eye on this area. Look for bustups with about 5 -10 fish. They may move around a bit so keep an eye on the dirty water line and if they go down cast across the line, let it sink then do a slow retrieve back to the boat. If they start tapping the plastic, slow it right down until you feel the weight of the fish then strike hard and hope the hook stays in. There are some big ones in there, I hooked a couple that would have been in the mid to high 60's.
Remember that Tarpon should be considered a catch and release species, they are full of bones, apparently taste terrible and smell even worse, so let them go for another day.