Big Tarpon and tons of Snook!

June 16, 2019 by Bernie Vinoski

Trip Info

Summary

The fishing has been fantastic this Spring and May and June are no exception! We have been blessed with some really great weather (until recently) which allowed Captain Bernie to run a ton of trips and catch some incredible fish! The Tarpon bite has been great and fish are being caught in the passes, at the bridges, and off the beaches. It pays to come prepared for a day of Tarpon fishing with a line up of different baits and tactics to get these fish flying all over the place and this is how we do it at First Cast. Dead bait, live bait, crabs, shad, cut bait, it all plays an important roll in hooking into a monster Tarpon. Angler “Scott” featured in the photo below fought this 200lb Class fish for almost 2 hours before we landed it, grabbed a couple quick photos, and sent her off swimming to fight another day.
We will be targeting these fish for the next couple months until they eventually leave our area. Give us a call and book a Full Day Tarpon Trip to have the best chance and getting up close with one of these amazing fish.
In between stellar Tarpon bites, Captain Bernie has been running trips on the flats and back in the mangroves producing high numbers of Snook in the 20-30in range. The fish are most active early in the morning and have been feeding on mainly pilchards and pinfish.
Flounder have also been making an appearance on many of our trips and they provide an opportunity for clients to take some fish home for dinner. These fish are fantastic table fair and put up a pretty good fight. Tampa Bay flounder are most abundant in the 8-12in range so catching a big one is always a welcomed catch. The Redfish should start getting fired up her in the next month or so, so be on the lookout for some big ones in our next fishing report!

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