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    USCG CAPT  BRAD MASTERS
 
Capt. Jay:
With a 175 lb Silver King. This Tarpon was around 50 to 60 years old and released alive! This Silver King took two and a half hours to bring boat side on a penn 750 with 60# Power Pro. It was caught at Eg mont Key on a Hill Tide out going with a Pass Crab and a 6/0 hook. When we released the Tarpon it had pulled the 22 ft boat close to two miles. Hooked up at Eg mont Key and released the fish in front of the mouth of  Fort De Soto  Park!  This Great Silver King Tarpon is still swimming free today! My thanks to Wayne for driving the boat and helping!
tarpon pictures at fatcatfishingcharters.com
tarpon pictures at fatcatfishingcharters.com
tarpon pictures at fatcatfishingcharters.com
tarpon pictures at fatcatfishingcharters.com
Tarpon Jumping on Tarpon Charter Fishing Tampa Bayl.
tarpon pictures at fatcatfishingcharters.com
tarpon pictures at fatcatfishingcharters.com
Capt Jay with a Tarpon release
Capt Jay with a Tarpon release
Tampa Bay Fl Tarpon fishing charters
Capt Jay with a Tarpon release
TARPON release by Capt Jay
Florida Tarpon charters produce results like this 175 pound Tarpon.
Tarpon charters at it's best.
Capt Jay Masters with a 125 lb "TARPON" release.
Capt Jay Masters with a 125 lb "TARPON" release.
 Tampa Fl Tarpon Fishing Charters is the most exciting Tarpon Charter Fishing Tampa and Kids Tarpon Charters in the state of Florida. Our experienced USCG Capt Jay Masters will guide you where the Tarpon are and hook you up. While in sunny Florida be sure to take the kids on Florida Tarpon fishing charters with Fat Cat Fishing Charters in St.Pete Fl.

There are many other angling opportunities such as the Red Fish and Speckle Trout that prowl the back country grass flats waiting for a jig or a spoon. There are Cobia, Permit, Triple tail, large Stingrays, Jacks, Mango Snapper, Sheep Head, Snook, Lady fish and the drag smoking, line stripping "TARPON", "King Mackerel" and Barracuda not far from shore 
with USCG Capt Jay and USCG Capt Brad.
                  
Capt Jay Masters with a 150 lb TARPON release above picture.
175 lb Tarpon caught by Capt Jay Masters

            

       Tarpon Facts and Regulations



Tarpon are very primitive fish. The swim bladder of these fish connects to the fishes throat and they can use it as a primitive lung. This allows the smaller and younger fish to gulp air when the water is low in dissolved oxygen. This is a common occurrence in the shallow backwater bays during the summer, the place where small tarpon spend most of their time. One of the ways to scout for the presence of the "silver king" is to look and listen for tarpon to "roll" on the surface. That's when they gulp air and pass it into the swim bladder.

Tarpon begin their spawn
in mid May and reach peak activity in June and July. Large, females may carry as many as 20 million eggs. The fish swim offshore to spawn but within 30 to 45 days, the young fish that have survived are an inch long and are moving into the estuaries where they will live for the next few years. 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. This explains why many people see and catch tarpon in areas where it looks like the fish could never have reached.

Tarpon take from 10 to 13 years to mature
. At this time the males weigh about 40 pounds and the females are close to 60 pounds. Once sexually mature a tarpon can reproduce for up to 45 year Fortunately for anglers, tarpon are not in danger of being over fished. The fish has a very low food value and virtually no one keeps one for food. They are exclusively a sport fish. That fact keeps the number of fish that are caught and kept at a low level. When you combine this with the $50 special tag that anglers need in order to take a specimen, the number of "kills" attributed to anglers goes down even further. The special permit, instituted in 1989, lowered the number of tarpon kept by sport anglers from 300 to about 80 in 1993. Tampa Bay Fl Tarpon fishing charters is one of the best locations in the country to on Tarpon charters if you want to be sure to have a better chance of catching the silver king. Tarpon charters can give a kid a memory that will last for ever.

Be sure to hire a experienced guide for Tarpon Charters for best results. If you hire one that wants to fish the bridges chances go up that you will get cut off. We like to fish the edge of flats, beaches and channels on Tampa Bay Fl Tarpon fishing charters.    
Tarpon , common name for members of the family Elopidae, large herring like game fish of the warm seas of the Western Hemisphere, ranging occasionally from Long Island to Brazil and to the west coast of Africa and entering freshwater streams freely. Their heavy, silvery scales, sometimes used as ornaments, give them the name silver king. Tarpons average 6 ft (183 cm) in length and 150 lb (67.5 kg) in weight, although some may be over 8 ft (244 cm) long and weigh more than 300 lb (135 kg). Active and predacious, they prey on schools of small fry.Come catch one at Tampa Fl Tarpon Fishing Charters
Tampa Bay Fl Tarpon fishing charters has the best opportunity to catch Tarpon on there way to Boca Grand. These Tarpon must pass St.Pete Fl to get to Boca Grand so Tarpon Fishing in our area are fantastic. 

Big fish require big tackle and those going after the 150 ponders and up need to use a seven to eight foot stout rod and a reel capable of holding 200 yards of 15-30 pound test line. A good bass flipping stick will work in lieu of buying a special tarpon rod.. Fly orders need 11 or 12 weight line and corresponding rod and reel. Seven to nine weight combination work for tarpon up to 30 pounds. Use 30 pound test backing and have at least 200 yards on the spool in addition to the fly line.

Whether using conventional tackle or a fly rod while Tarpon fishing, a 20 to 40 pound leader, depending on the size line you're using, is necessary. Attach a one foot piece of 100 pound test line to the end of the leader and tie the hook to that. The heavy line is necessary helps prevent the fish from fraying or chewing through the line. Many anglers tie a Bimini Twist on the end of their spinning or plug rods and then tie the leader to that. This knot doubles the end of the line and makes a stronger connection with the leader. Hooks ranging from 3/0 to 7/0 are used with size varying according to the size of bait being used and angler preference.

Bait

Live mullet or crabs are the top choice for live baits. Tarpon will also take other live baits such as large shrimp, lady fish, catfish, and pin fish. Contrary to what some anglers say, tarpon will bite a piece of cut bait. When tarpon are feeding on a school of bait fish, they stun some fish as they attack the school. A piece of cut bait apparently resembles a stunned fish close enough for a tarpon to go after it.

Spinning and casting anglers can use lures that resemble mullet and other bait fish. Some of the more popular lures used by tarpon anglers are the Zara Spook, Creek Chub Darter, Chartreuse Bomber Long A, 52m MirrOlure, Bagley Finger Mullet, Ratlin' Flash, and Ratl' Trap. Experienced anglers usually replace the hooks that come on the lures with 3X strength hooks because of the tremendous biting force of the fish.

Streamers are considered one of the best tarpon flies. Orange and red are popular colors. The cockroach is another widely used fly.

Secrets to Success while on Tampa bay Fl Tarpon fishing charters

* Always use a sharp hook. Tarpon have very hard, bony mouths, Sharpen hooks before you use them, even ones fresh out of the package.

*On Tarpon charters Let big tarpon have control the first few minutes. This is when they do the most jumping and all you can really do is hold on anyway.

* Dip your rod when the fish jumps. This gives the line some slack and you are less likely to have the fish spit out the lure or break the line.

* Tarpon spook very easily when there is noise in the water. When on Tarpon charters you guide turn the motor off when close to your site and use a trolling motor or push pole to get in casting distance.

* When you feel a fish on the line, let it run with the bait for a few seconds then set the hook hard

* You will jump more fish than you will catch so enjoy whatever thrills each fish provides

* When using artificial lures or flies,while on Florida Tarpon fishing charters make your retrieve slow and straight. Don't retrieve the lure so that it is coming at the fish as this usually scares them off. Make a presentation that brings the lure across or at a quartering diagonal away from the direction in which the fish is swimming.

Book a outing today with Tampa Bay Fl Tarpon fishing charters Capt Jay at Fat Cat Fishing Charters.
Tarpon Charters is a great way to start the kids out fishing.
Top Water Secrets for Tarpon and Other Fish Species.

 The more tricks you have up your sleeve, the more versatile your top water baits become. And the better you become, as an angler able to trigger bites however it takes: fast retrieves, slow retrieves, long pauses, quick jerks — you flash through your deadly dealt hand of tricks until the fish can't resist.

Let the fish tell you what they want at the moment, if you stop your bait and a fish hits while the lure is motionless, you should add more pauses to your presentation. But if a fish hits while you are moving the bait, speed up and stop less. Conversely, waiting too long is just as bad as setting early. Give your fish too much time and that top water bait is going to float back up at you.

How you hold the rod during the retrieve can also play a big role in a successful hookset. “If you hold the rod low to the water in front of you, you'll have a better chance at a good set than with the rod up in the air. Another option is to hold the rod off to the side and with your rod-tip pointing downward, butt of the rod against your forearm, giving you the advantage in executing a strong, upward-sweeping motion, upon the bite and hook set. This is how I generally angle when on both salt or freshwater; it is called an ‘East Coast’ presentation.

Once a fish is hooked, keep the rod low to keep it from jumping. “If you feel the fish coming up, pull it sideways to stop the jump, The key here is not getting any slack in the line; keep the pressure on always, pointing the rod to the fish and rising the rod upward with each and every leap, dance or jump.”

If it is a big fish, thumbing the spool is always better than loosing a fish by playing with the drag set during any battle.


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150 pound Tarpon caught on Fat Cat Fishing Charters
150 pound Tarpon caught on Fat Cat Fishing Charters
150 lb Tarpon caught on a Fat Cat Fishing Charters and released, 2009 
 Tarpon caught on Fat Cat Fishing Charters
Tarpon caught on Fat Cat Fishing Charters
Tarpon caught on Fat Cat Fishing Charters
Tarpon caught on Fat Cat Fishing Charters
If you have never caught a Tarpon you really don't know what your missing.