Tarpon - Marathon

Hi Guys,

I'm UK angler heading to Marathon for the first week of May and have hired a self drive for 5 days. Weather permitting the plan is to hit the reefs and back country but I would also like to target a tarpon. I'll mainly be fishing by myself so anchoring up on the bridges for them maybe to tricky. Other than the bridges what other areas (not after anyone's marks) hold tarpon where I stand a chance of hooking up?

Cheers

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  • Capt HansenCapt Hansen Posts: 24 Greenhorn

    I'll be down in March doing the same thing. I hope someone has some suggestions, as doing a solo bridge mission could be a mess.

  • AOKRVsAOKRVs Posts: 1,555 Captain

    Save time and don't fish where the fish aren't
    hire Piner-Wahoo on your boat - he will get you dialed in on where to go
    website for Capt Harlan
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  • msk99msk99 Posts: 204 Deckhand

    x2 on piner

  • stc1993stc1993 Posts: 4,198 Captain
    edited February 11 #5

    @AOKRVs said:
    Save time and don't fish where the fish aren't
    hire Piner-Wahoo on your boat - he will get you dialed in on where to go
    website for Capt Harlan
    https://american-allegiance-charters.com/

    I agree that's the best thing to do to learn a new area. Go with a local Capt. at least once to learn the area some. You'll have a much better chance of catching some fish.

  • Capt HansenCapt Hansen Posts: 24 Greenhorn

    I fully understand how a guide can help, and I have done that before. With mixed results, ranging from awesome to a complete waste of time and money. This time I'm spending my money on a boat rental.

  • ManxWarriorManxWarrior Posts: 4 Greenhorn

    I am in a similar position to Capt Hansen. I've done various charters through out the keys but this time I would like to go it alone and try and learn. I know by doing this the results will likely not be as good but hopefully if I find a few fish it will be a bit more rewarding as well as learning heaps.

  • drgibbydrgibby Posts: 1,150 Officer

    Hiring Harlan will save you money in the long run. Rental company`s charge an arm and a leg for replacement props and lower units!

  • piner_wahoopiner_wahoo Posts: 2,719 Captain

    vaca cut at nite

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  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski Posts: 6,720 Admiral

    @piner_wahoo said:
    vaca cut at nite

    That current is ripping, I don't think i'd be able to get an anchor to bite

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  • Capt HansenCapt Hansen Posts: 24 Greenhorn

    @piner_wahoo said:
    vaca cut at nite

    Thanks for the tip. Anchoring in that current at night sounds sketchy. Maybe a slow troll into the current? I'll be staying right by there, I'll figure something out.

  • AOKRVsAOKRVs Posts: 1,555 Captain

    Live crabs for Bahia Honda
    Pinfish or mullet for 7 mile bridge

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  • capt.cohocapt.coho Posts: 4 Greenhorn

    Honestly the bridges are your best bet without messing up the fishing for others. The spots to anchor and drift baits that aren't bridges are banks leading up to them. The problem is if you do not know exactly how to anchor up on them, you change the flow of fish that would move through them. The bright side to this is the bridges hold fish and by walking them you can do recon as to where the fish are holding. Mullet are easiest, set it and forget it. Crabs are great as well but take a little more finesse. Slow trolling into the current won't work, or wont work well enough. Tarpon are real skidish during the day, good chance prop noise will turn them off to feeding. That being said too, if you're slow trolling and hook up it would be very hard to take care of both and you will be in close proximity to other boats pretty much anywhere you go. I'll echo the sentiment here about hiring a captain at least once. You've gone this far to rent the boat, might as well get everything you can out of the experience. The hour after sunset is by far the best but you can catch fish any part of the day. Dawn is also a really great time and chances are if you set up on a bridge before sun rise you'll be the only guy there. Tarpon do most of their feeding at dawn and dusk. they'll move around a lot more at night so at dawn you'll find them running the length of the bridge more than stacking up one on top of each other.

  • UK AnglerUK Angler Posts: 213 Deckhand

    It's just like stick float fishing for big roach ! 😀😀😀

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