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Merritt Island Tarpon Fishing

It has been a blast catching juvenile tarpon out of the Merritt Island canals and ditches in the last couple of weeks with all of the rain we have been getting daily. There are a lot of factors rain has on you chances of catching fish in general. The first of course is the barometric pressure. The other primary effects are water temperature and fresh water. Rain affects water temperature when the water is warm by creating a thin cool layer on the surface. Depending on water temperature prior to the storm determines how long that layer will remain before being absorbed by the main body of water. Most of the time that calm just after a hard thunderstorm on a hot afternoon will produce some of the best fishing of the day especially for those of you wanting to throw top water lures. That cool surface layer seems to bring everything up.

What is crazy is to think that these dark small water systems are hosting one of the most beautiful fish, tarpon!
The small fish move far up the tidal creeks looking for small protected areas where they can live and escape their predators. Some of these fish become land-locked in small ponds and ditches as summer rains subside and the mangrove forest dries out. I am not sure if these specific tarpon grow larger and move out of the ditches?

I am fishing on fly and with artificial soft plastic baits. Early morning or just before sunset has been the best times for me. I find that from lunch time through the rest of the day that the bite shuts down.
Capt. Brittney Novalsky
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