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Migratory tarpon returning to the SWFL beaches this fall?

Does anyone have any sense yet of whether the migratory tarpon will be close enough to the beaches to get out after them this Fall when they head south? I'd be searching for them from Boca Pass down to Estero.  

Thank you.


  • NoreastSalt3295NoreastSalt3295 Posts: 617 Officer
    They're still around and will continue to be until the first real cold fronts in November/december.
  • LostconchLostconch Posts: 1,004 Officer
    There are resident populations of them around the harbor
  • RiverScoutRiverScout MidwestPosts: 23 Deckhand
    Thank you. I don't get down every fall but in years past it's been hit and miss in terms of finding them. Some years they're migrating along the beaches (sometimes actually within casting distance from the beach - although rare) v. them pushed out a couple miles and simply very hard to locate. 
  • TarponatorTarponator Under a BridgePosts: 17,874 AG
    edited September 16 #5
    Post spawn fish are generally harder to locate because they aren't as visible as pre-spawn schools.

    Look for areas of hard bottom or grass along the beaches, from just outside the bar to about a mile offshore, but post spawn beach fishing is always kind of hit or miss in my experience, and I find the bay (or in SW case, harbor) fishing much more reliable/predictable this time of year.
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