Monday, July 29, 2019

On The Eve of August... Now Is When Tarpon Fishing Is Best!



Tarpon begin their migration to the shoreline in March as part of their reproduction cycle.

Then and through April, the fish are feeding to gain body weight and oil for the rigors of spawning. In May and continuing through July, they begin their spawning cycles.

While this may be the most popular time to fish tarpon, it is not necessarily the best time. The fish
scatter out and feed heavily at night. About an hour before sunrise, the fish begin to "collect" each other and school up tight. They begin courtship behavior and their willingness to feed becomes preoccupied.

The tarpon will "snack" while engaged in this behavior. Actively feed? Not too often.
 
The spring paints a pretty backdrop setting for fishing. Often the water is a clear emerald green. The schools are plentiful and the numbers in the schools are staggering.

This was a great setup decades ago when the sport was not overexposed. Today-there is nowhere that the spring tarpon swim that they are not being pressured. 

Tarpon only do 4 things:
  1. Swim
  2. Feed
  3. Reproduce
  4. Avoid Predation
The tarpon has no idea that the angler merely wants to play the fish with a rod and reel. For them, the game of angling is a threat to their lives and it is. Additionally, if the daylight schools are disturbed in their courtship, they change direction and keep their mouths closed.

Today the fish are plentiful and are big. Conservation is and has been working very well since 1988. Somewhere in the mid 90s the tarpon was exposed to the world in every media imaginable. Every year -more and more are catching "Tarpon Fever".

As the number of boats increase, the tarpon changes its habits to avoid them, including migratory patterns, travel routes and feeding patterns. These changes make catching them very challenging for those who are not willing and/or skilled to change their plan of attack. For the salty tarpon fishermen, improvising, adapting and overcoming is something in their blood. They get around this issue-at least for now.

By the end of July the tarpon has concluded their reproduction cycle. Some fish will move north to the Delta where the Mississippi River flows into the Gulf of Mexico.  Some will remain in the passes and others will "break-off" and enter large bays, harbors and estuaries.

Reproduction cycles of fish and game are often uncompromising. In the case of the tarpon- they have swam hundreds of miles cycling between the passes and the edges of the Continental Shelf. They lose an inconceivable amount of body fat and oils necessary to sustain life and must find a food source that is abundant to replenish and rejuvenate.

Now enter the seasoned pros.


Initially as the fish move inside to the backwaters. Loose lips spread the word quickly. There is something about one's need to attach themselves to the tarpon and which has existed since the Victorian Era when the fish where first being landed on rod and reel.

As post spawn tarpon start to gorge-they are obvious and easy targets. This phase does not necessarily last long. The tarpon begin to break up in order to compete with each other for forage. The water temperature continues to rise, resulting in the fish being less active in "rolling" on the surface. “Working” for them has an aftereffect- this is when the "fleet" cuts out until next year.

Within our area there are just a handful of post spawn tarpon. Decade after decade, year after year and day after day it is the same faces and boats that capitalize on non-pressured and hungry GiantTarpon.

Our time is now--August, September, October and into November. Getcha some!

Note: Our website was the very first Florida charter fishing on the Internet in 1996. For 23 years-we've kept the layout unchanged. We think the age of anything in the fishing business is a very important factor to consider when choosing a charter. Today the sites are more like a telephone book listing and all sites claim and appear the same.

Formatting the "Fish'n Report" on our original site was tedious. We moved to "micro blogging" on "social media". That works for some but not all. Next we moved to this blog format with Goggle. It seems difficult for the company to "index" their "Blogger". why do it if it can't be found?


When the predominant becomes the inconsequential, change must come. I love to write and I have been doing that consistently for decades until one day--the pieces became difficult to find. Too often that fact takes the wind out of the sails for many scribes. Over the last 10 months I have been researching on how to make changes yet keep our long following and too, draw in new interest.  Last winter I started building a new model. Over the next few months-all will be in place.

Keep checking back for more "great stuff" :)

Screaming Drags and Tired Arms!

Capt. Robert McCue
www.GiantTarpon.com
Capt.RobertMcCue@Gmail.com
(727) 597-0957
(941) 404-6566





Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Bite Of The Century Tarpon Fishing Florida- New Update September 30, 2018

 Tarpon Fishing Florida World Headquarters



The GiantTarpon "bite of the century" has been undergoing since the 3rd week of June.

While political special interest groups were busy feeding the world media with negativity regarding water quality issues at the shoreline, long time tarpon guides have been busy taking advantage of the concentrations of fish and bait.

In 32 years of full time and continuous years of guiding, I would can not recall a tarpon bite (fish of both size and numbers) like that of the past 3 months and is still going.

The autumn equinox passed on 22SEP18. We're now losing 2 minutes of daylight per day. That light to dark ratio fires off a biological time clock of the fish ( aka "circadian rhythm"). A long story short, the fish are now gorging to store body fat in preparation for migration.

This is when to fish tarpon and all of our fish

Our waters are clean and we will forever host some of the best fishing in the United States!

2019-

People are already on the move trying to get the the best moon phases and tides for next year. In 2016 we changed our policy of not allowing bookings for the following year until Thanksgiving. Today, the book is open all year. Now is the time to get those dates for the best tarpon fishing in Florida.

I've got a ton of images taken over the last few weeks. They're very impressive and I want to share as many as I can without causing a slow download. I'll edit this blog this week and post where you can find them together with public access. For now, enjoy these GiantTarpon images. We'll put theses fish up against anyone's 2018 tarpon catches on the Internet.

Screaming Drags and Tired Arms!

Capt. Robert McCue

www.GiantTarpon.com
Capt.RobertMcCue@Gmail.com

Call or Text

(727) 597-0957
(941) 404-6566

Friday, May 11, 2018

11MAY18-

I took 4 strikes from a brown recluse spider while hunting off the Mexican border back in the first week of April. That forced me to cancel my turkey hunting trips to Tennessee, Wyoming, Connecticut and Texas.

Wild turkey and my career do not mix well.This year, I decided to down shift in the volume of fishing charters in the spring and take more personal time to hunt. That is much easier said than done for a 32 year career fishing guide.

I also kept scattered dates open in May and June to allow for weather or mechanical failure make-up trips.

In short-I may be able to take last minute booking that are normally not available without a 6-12 month advance notice. Try me---let's see what I can do!

Meanwhile---record numbers of fish here now.  Let this pix talk!

Robert McCue
( 727 ) 597-0957
(941) 404-6566
www.GiantTarpon.com













Friday, March 30, 2018







30MAR18


It said---a picture is worth a thousand words. I know... there are literally 100s of "guides" who claim to be tarpon guides. They all look the same. 

The truth is- here at "Ground Zero"-- there are but less than a handful of pro tarpon fishermen who have dedicated 30 or more years to the fish.

So let the images talk and then you decide :) 

6 hours--last Monday- best fish 180lbs.

"On the hunt" - North American Turkey Grand Slam attempt:
I've got the Osceola down and leave Sunday for Texas to attempt a Rio. 

Enjoy the images!

www.GiantTarpon.com
call or text
727 597 0957

Thursday, January 25, 2018

2017 Ends With A Bang

Happy New Year!

 After Irma we still had 3 weeks to go yet before I left to deer hunt in the Midwest.

We had inconsistent action in Tampa Bay. On two occasions there were no fish to be had. On a 3rd attempt. we had tarpons rolling all around the boat, but only were successful in landing 1 of 2 on a long day.While any time a GiantTarpon takes flight is a good day, our clients anticipate more consistent action and so do I.

I headed back to the south. It was there that I hit the big numbers of fish. There were no shutouts and we had multiple trips where we flew double digits of tarpon. This was more like it!

Temperatures stayed mild through December. Three days following Christmas, I was still jumping tarpon to 180 lbs in just 4 feet of water in the Captiva area.

Old Man Winter finally arrived shortly after. We took a blast of Arctic air and then a couple of reinforcing cool fronts. Water temps plummeted into the mid 50s.

While those atypical temperatures put a screeching halt on the tarpon fishing-it was needed. We have not had a winter in two years. The lack of cold water allows all of the fish to scatter out throughout their range. While some benefit from that, as a whole, it is the formula for a weak cycle of fish all year. We want the adult migratory tarpon to leave as they should.

Trout, redfish and sheepshead are the "bread and butter" species of winter. As it should, that is what is going on now. Snook and juvenile tarpon have made it deep into the backcountry where they belong. The migratory fish such as GiantTarpon, cobia, mackerel and kingfish have moved out. The stage for a good cycle of fish in 2018 is set and welcomed.

Now is the time to book for the best tides and moon phases for the remainder of the year.

I've attached some images dating back to the last blog on October 12th 2017. As you can see, short of the extremities of winter, we catch tarpon all year. No-tarpon fishing is not necessarily best in May and June. When is it best? Anytime the water is above 68F degrees AND the fishing pressure is minimal.

Feel free to contact me anytime to discuss the opportunities we have throughout the year.

Screaming Drags and Tired Arms!

Robert McCue
www.GiantTarpon.com
(727) 597-0957





























Thursday, October 12, 2017

12OCT17-


We were virtually unaffected by hurricane Irma that passed 150 miles to the south. Naturally the storm killed tourism and forced a lot of cancellations post the storm. Fear of the possibility of "more to come" mostly generated by the media had many people trying to hold off their plans in October.

In short-we lost many days/trips over this time period-some justified-some not. For those who continued with their trips-we produced the GiantTarpon on nearly every trip.

The best fishing of the year is going on right now and will last-at minimum for the giants-at least another month.

Here is a video and some still shots taken last Sunday.  There is pleny of hotel space available. The mornings have cooled off considerable. The hours of light to dark are noticeable decreasing. This all triggers the tarpon to stage and gorge.

Inshore the redfish have been everywhere.  I am able to still produce big livebaits for those looking for trophy snook.

Let's gooooooooo!

Screaming Drags and Tired Arms!

www.GiantTarpon.com










Sunday, August 27, 2017

28AUG17
Monday-

A low system ( unrelated to Harvey in Texas) has been parked over us for several days now. That's kept me in port.

I've been busy in the office trying to catch up on life. Thank you for the notes and gifts of gratitude. That goes along way with me !

High pressure returns mid week. Snook season opens September 1st. Sc hool is back in session-college students seem to be back during the week. That's a slow period for all of us in our state's industry-tourism.

The autumn equinox falls on 21`SEP17. The change in light to dark ratio is a biological timer to the fish to move and gorge.

Let's gooooooo!

Enjoy the images!

www.GiantTarpon.com