Keys Tarpon Fishing: Going for the Silver … On Your Own

It’s not called the silver king for nothing. There is simply no other acrobatic fish on the inshore fishing scene more coveted by anglers than the tarpon.

Known for their high-leaping ability, tarpon are powerful and tenacious. It’s sometimes easy to get them to bite a bait, but often they have lockjaw and can frustrate anglers and captains alike.

I had caught and released a number of tarpon, but those achievements always came under the tutelage of a professional Florida … Read the rest

Islamorada Winter Fishing Classic Weekend Kicks Off Feb. 26

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Appealing to anglers of all ages, the Islamorada Winter Classic team event is set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27-28, after a Feb. 26 kickoff.

The tournament’s weight/release format promotes the Keys’ responsible use of its resources and maintenance of healthy fisheries. Target species are sailfish, barracuda, dolphin, cobia, wahoo, tuna, mackerel, hogfish and snapper.

Teams of up to six anglers per boat, either professionally guided or unguided, are scored on five releases of each of … Read the rest