Tarpon in the bay year-round are young and in the 5- to 30-lb. range. When you find a school of the Silver Kings rolling in the cool holes of the lagoons and mangroves, they strike aggressively because they’re there to eat. Your heart will be racing when those savage top-water strikes happen.
Tarpon require more work for the guides to find, but once found they are fairly easy to catch. In comparison, you might find 10 permit in a day but land only one or none at all because they are so wary.
Huge migratory tarpon up to 70 or 80 lbs. are in the bay during the late and summer. You’ll need heavier gear and tackle to handle these monsters.
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