One of the major Tarpon spawning areas is in Rio Lagartos,Yucatan.
Every year the giant tarpon return around the end of May and stay as late as mid September.
Migratory tarpon get closer to the shore to feed and mate. But from June through August they are spotted in big schools, with fish that can weigh over 150 pounds. As well as tarpon, there are Amber Jack, Jack Crevalle, Cobias, Sierras and Trout.
The 65 kilo tarpon above was caught on June 22nd 2010 by Johan(lower right) an avid Dutch fly fisherman fishing Tarpon for the first time.The fish was hooked about a mile from the shore and was worked to the beach to land it without injuring it.After the photos it was revived and released.The weight was based on a length and girth formula. More photos of this catch
» Tackle and Equipment:
Giant tarpon: rod #12 with saltwater reel and 30-pound test backing with no less than 250 Intermediate and Sinking Line ( 400 to 450 grains).
Giant Tarpon Flies: Toad Tarpon, Seaducer and Decivers tied on hook #2/0 or #3/0. Red and black, olive and brown, violet and black, red and white.
Jack Crevalle, Cobia, etc: rod #10 with saltwater reel and 30-pound test backing. Intermediate line for tropical waters and sinking line (300/350 grains).
Jack flies: Clouser Minnow, Seaducer, Toad Tarpon, Decivers tied on hook #2/0. Red and white, red and yellow, brown.
We suggest a 4-night and 3 fishing day package minimum. However, as giant tarpon fishing depends on the weather (the wind) to a great extent, the best would be to stay for a week.
The fishing program begins very early in the morning (5.00 or 5.30 am) to make the most of the early hours of the day, when the sea is calm. At about 9 or 9.30, when the wind starts blowing more strongly, we continue fishing baby tarpon near the shore. If the wind is not very strong, we look for Jack and/or Cobia schools. At 13.00/ 13.30 hrs. we return to the harbor.
Best time for fishing is during the months of May,June, July, August and part of September.
A good size Tarpon is held by guides Diego Nunez and