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Bowing to the King - Tarpon Fishing with the Galveston Guides

Bowing to the King - Tarpon Fishing with the Galveston Guides

He’s a picky eater, he’s hard to hook, even harder to land, and you'll be hooked the first time you reel in one of these elusive, powerful, and oh-so-defiant fish. 

Any attempt to describe a battle with a tarpon comes up short. Tarpon or "the Silver King" rival almost any offshore game fish with their fearsome power and brute strength. These target trophy tarpon can tip the scales at over 200 lbs. In fact, they often reach sizes up to 8 feet and have been known to weigh up to 280 lbs.

If you've never tangled with a tarpon, you really should add this to your bucket list. You'll want to take advantage of the experience of a seasoned guide when targeting and fighting these famed bruisers, as hooking and landing a tarpon require a combination of muscle, patience, and skill. It’s estimated that less than 10% of hooked tarpon are actually brought to the boat.

Why? Once the tarpon realizes it’s hooked, it will run--fast. Tarpon reach speeds of almost 60 mph, so you'll want to keep your rod tip high to exert pressure. Whenever the tarpon jumps, you will need to lower your rod tip quickly in order to create slack which will reduce tension in the line and keep your line from snapping when the silver king falls back into the water. For most people, the first response to a jumping tarpon will be to pull back on the rod--but remember to think of Elvis, and bow to the king! 

Unlike Florida, where the vast majority of tarpon are pursued on shallow flats, Texas tarpon are typically taken in deeper water. Even so, tarpon are often found rolling on the surface even in deep water. And, in recent years, an increasing number of tarpon have found their way into Texas bays from Port O'Connor to South Padre. But, the safest bet for Texas tarpon remains fishing outside the bay. 

Seasoned tarpon fishermen will often zig-zag over likely locales with an eye on their depth finder, waiting to come across a school holding at depth.

Bait

Mullet, pilchards, shrimp, blue crab, live hardhead catfish, and ladyfish (skipjack)

Selecting a Charter Guide

Fishing with a Galveston, Texas, Guide is your best bet to landing these tasty fish

Your charter fishing guide will have all the bait and tackle you need to make your fishing trip a success. And because these knowledgeable guides know the areas they fish better than anyone, they'll have you reeling in these fish before you know it!

We are proud to recommend these qualified guides and charters for your next guided fishing trip: 


Wave-Dancer-logo.jpegCaptain Greg Ball, Wave Dancer Charters, Galveston, TX
Family friendly; Winner 2015 "Best of the Island", one of two Texas charters that has two federally permitted boats


GETHOOKEDlogofinal.jpg.w300h271.jpgCaptain Mike Short, Get Hooked Charters, Galveston, TX
Offering high adrenaline shark fishing excursions to spear fishing trips to overnight tuna trips


Rod-bending-charters-logo.jpgCaptain Jason Woods, Rod Bending Charters, Galveston, TX
Several boats, groups welcome, family friendly


Captain_Dan_Green_Fishin_Addiction.pngCaptain Dan Green, Fishin Addiction Charters, Galveston, TX
Fishing the back bays for trout, near shore for sharks and bull reds

 


 

Kevin-Roberts-Guide.jpgCaptain Kevin Roberts, Captain Kevin Roberts Guide Service, Galveston, TX
Corporate and large party trips can be accommodated


Treble-J-logo.jpgA little further southwest, but still on the Texas coast:

Captain Jack McPartland, Treble J Charters, Rockport, TX
10% discount on full-day trips for active military

 


Related:

Fishing in the Playground of the South - Galveston, Texas

25 Reasons to Hire A Fishing Guide

Galveston - where the fish are biting!