Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner: Flat water makes seeing tarpon easier

Easterly morning winds will have the gulf waters flat close to shore and make seeing tarpon a lot easier. Get out at daybreak and stay close to shore with the sun behind you, which will allow the silver kings' backs to glisten as they roll on the smooth water's surface. Careful observation will teach you how to pick "happy fish" over those on a mission to get somewhere without eating along the way. A few trips will get you accustomed to their favorite places to appear, giving you a pattern of preferred routes. Pick a relatively shallow, light-colored bottom area where fish can be seen far enough away to not surprise you. It's usual to see large tarpon very close to shore, even inside the swim markers. To sight fish, you must see them first. A close shot to undisturbed fish is ideal. Lead them with an accurate cast. Never chase them with an outboard or electric motor. Position your boat ahead of the fish and have them come to you. Attempts to cast to fish going away or at more than a right angle are a waste of energy, and if one spooks, they all will leave in a panic. Learn to cast quickly and accurately. Get an experienced fly caster to help with preparation. Do an Internet search for "saltwater quick cast" and study and practice a technique that fits your comfort zone and abilities. Don't try a 60-foot cast if you never cast farther than 40. And respect other fishermen's space.

Fly fisherman Pat Damico runs charters in lower Tampa Bay and can be reached at captpat.com and (727) 504-8649.

Captain's Corner: Flat water makes seeing tarpon easier 05/14/17 [Last modified: Sunday, May 14, 2017 6:54pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Chasing 125: Bucs hope to hit rushing goal more often

    Bucs

    Ever so often, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter pulls back the curtain a bit and shares some of the stats that matter to him most as a coach.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
  2. Bucs-Jaguars was NFL's lowest-rated ESPN game since 2005

    Bucs

    It is just the preseason, and it is the Jaguars, but Thursday night's Bucs-Jags preseason game earned a 1.6 rating on ESPN, which is the lowest-rated preseason game (excluding NFL Network) in 12 years, according to Sports Media Watch.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, left, talks with coach Dirk Koetter during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  3. Roberto Aguayo, Jonathan Drouin, Tim Beckham are coming for revenge

    Bucs

    Forget the Three Tenors.

    Make it the Three Terrors.

    The 2017 Unfulfilled Expectations Tour is about to hit Tampa Bay.

    From left, former Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo, ex-Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin and former Rays infielder Tim Beckham. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times; DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times; Getty Images]
  4. Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Lucas Duda in the sixth inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Tropicana Field on Friday.
  5. Longest home run at Trop and Erasmo Ramirez's pitching doom Rays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kevin Kiermaier returned. The problem was, so did Erasmo Ramirez.

    Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz celebrates his Trop-record 482-foot home run in the ninth inning.