Sunday, September 30, 2018

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

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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!


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

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Friday, May 11, 2018


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

Friday, March 30, 2018


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!
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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
(727) 597-0957