Fishing Report from Pathfinder Pro Staffer Capt. Jeremy Lee

This time of year is all about the Silver King. We wait for it all year and it's finally here. Even though we do have resident fish that can be targeted year round, the bulk schools are what draws the attention of most anglers. Large schools of tarpon can be found from Casey Key all the way to Anna Maria and the mouth of Tampa Bay in our region. We live right smack in the middle of some of the best tarpon fishing in the world. The unique thing about tarpon is that they are willing to eat a very large variety of baits including pin fish, crabs, cigar minnows, threadfins, mullet, whitebait, dead bait, plugs and flies.

My first tarpon was caught on a piece of dead Spanish mackerel soaking on the bottom while shark fishing while I was in middle school. They are not to picky about what they eat, but with that being said, they can be extremely picky about when they eat! I've been humbled more times than I like to admit fishing for tarpon. Getting the bite can sometimes be painstaking, but the reward is massive and makes up for the downtime.

It's a fun time of year for all of us that enjoy fishing for tarpon. Get while it's hot, it won't be long until we are dreaming about next year again! Stay safe and tight lines.


Capt. Jeremy Lee
Pathfinder Pro Staffer

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