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Winter conditions have arrived in shallows of southwest Florida . For the next few months the shallow flats Tarpon Fishing Floridawill be teeming with redfish and trout. On the edges of the deeper flats, bluefish, silver & speckled sea trout, pompano, ladyfish and the oddball Spanish mackerel will be found.

With the cooler water temperatures, snook have retreated well inside the backcountry and can be found with juvenile tarpon. These neo-tropical species can be temperamental during the cooler months but are all-time favorites for those who love to plug cast the banks and holes.

Now is the time to book for the finest in Florida inshore fishing.

In the coming months, GiantTarpon will be the quest of those who hail from all parts of the world wishing to test their mettle against the greatest, big game fish on earth. Each year tens of thousands of tarpon congregate along our coast in numbers second to none in the world. The beauty of this fascinating species is its character traits of purity and non-discrimination. They will eat anything and grace anyone with their company regardless of their race, creed, color, or income.

Florida FishingFor me, the intrigue of tarpon is found within the theater of serenity, euphoric desertion and sovereignty that I can share with many who have the same common ambitions as myself.  The joy of being able to take someone tarpon fishing and to watch their reaction as that first tap turns wild and the hard pull from the depths suddenly turns into a spectacle above the water – yes, above – are bonuses of my profession.  The sounds of the ferocious rattle of the gill rakers, the sight of the majestic tail walk dance of the silver king or 360 degree back flips, and the stamina needed for the fight by man and beast is a spectacle for all senses. These are the experiences of a lifetime and for many of my clients a challenge we refer to as “our annual calling”.   Newcomers are always welcome and no experience is necessary, but be prepared…it may well become your annual calling too.

In sports, tarpon fishing is equivalent of the Daytona 500 of NASCAR, the World Series of baseball, or the Tour de France of cycling. Tarpon are the crown jewel of Florida flats fishing; the apex of light tackle fishing experienced anywhere in the world. I invite you as a serious contender in this championship game to join me in this experience for 2013. The booking phase begins in the first weeks of January. If you are considering a personal experience with the silver king this year, now is the time to establish contact for the best dates and moon phases during the peak GiantTarpon season.

Snook to open in September 2013

In response to Artic freezes in 2010, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission placed snook under an emergency closure to protect the species from harvest. In September of 2013 that closure will be lifted and the harvest for snook will open. The fish have rebounded well during the closure and I am anticipating outstanding snook fishing in September, October and November. The fishing is near always best around periods of major moon phases that occur roughly twice a month. For this reason, the best dates are limited and should be booked as far as in advance as possible.

Spring nearshore permit, cobia, grouper, Goliath grouper and king mackerel

St. Patrick’s Day is the traditional kickoff for peak nearshore spring fishing. The wind is near always a factor during the transitional month of March. On days the winds allow, we will be making short treks to the nearshore reefs to capitalize on the spring migration of king & Spainsh mackerel, Goliath grouper, permit and cobia. The beauty of our charters is that when the wind blows, we can retreat to the shallows for snook, redfish and trout making your trip virtually ‘weatherproof’.


Florida Fishing ReportsTo obtain more statewide information on the species, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the private Bonefish & Tarpon Trust launched Project Permit in March 2010. The trust proposed the collaborative study after obtaining a grant from Costa Del Mar, which agreed to supply funds for the tagging kits for three to five years.

The project depends upon permit anglers to learn about the resource, then tag and fin-clip the fish they catch and release. Both the tag and the DNA obtained from the fin clip can be used to determine if the same fish is recaptured later. The program is reliant on permit anglers taking DNA samples from fish that they release.

.To obtain a free tagging kit and instructions, e-mail ProjectPermit@MyFWC.com or call 1-800-367-4461. Specify that you would like to help tag permit.

Each kit contains enough material to sample five fish. Clipping a half-inch piece of tissue from the soft rays of the anal or dorsal fin will provide enough DNA to allow them to evaluate stock structure. Anglers may hold their samples until the end of the season and deliver them at their convenience. No refrigeration is necessary, but extreme heat should be avoided. Fin clips can be mailed to the FWRI at the following address:

Attn: Project Permit
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Other data reports can be mailed, scanned and e-mailed, or submitted online. The data sheet in each tagging kit includes instructions for doing so. are more ways to get up to the minute fishing reports from GiantTarpon.com!

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Over the years, keeping the fishing reports updated and fresh has been challenging when you spend your life on the water. Now, in the era of "smart phones", we have found a way to over-come this hurdle. All season I have been up-loading live reports and pictures to our Facebook site. We've had an overwhelming response! I'll continue to use this page to keep a general picture of the fishing easily accessible to all. However, we strongly encourage you to join us in being on the cutting edge. Would you like to see the images you see on this page the second they are taken, read live micro fishing reports and view live video from the boat? Send a 'friend request' to me through. In Facebook, you must register to view our pages.The process only takes minutes and your pricacy can be set according your wishes. You can become a “friend” of mine by request at www.Facebook.com/GiantTarpon 

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