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Tarpon Thrills

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On: Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 11:27AM | By: The Snook Cowboy

Well, I have finally given up on my computer. It seems that talking into my cell phone is going to be the way that I'm going to have to write my articles from here on out, at least for a while.

This has been an unusually busy season as the weather has been extremely cold up north, so make sure you book your charters early this year. The season has been like a rollercoaster; it’s been hot, it’s been cold, but it looks like spring is right around the corner and our epic fishing in Southwest Florida should begin.

Tarpon have made an early showing in the pass. They are showing up in small pods and will be available all through spring into early summer. Tarpon are easily caught in these months using a variety of live in artificial bait. It should be presented in a medium to shallow depth of water in the passes and some of the channels in the backwaters.

Fishing for Tarpon early in the morning from a kayak or just off of a flat can offer exciting moments you'll never forget. Fishing in the passes is just as exciting as it’s usually a rodeo of boats and 225 doing a square dance with at least five people having a Tarpon on the line at one time. Catching your first Tarpon is a thrill of a lifetime and must be put on the bucket list of any angler who has ever desired to go saltwater fishing.

Snook and redfish will also be plentiful this year as the season has been closed for the past three years. The population has shown a nice comeback. Reds were sporadic this past winter but they should be available nicely in the early spring months.

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