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Mosquito Lagoon Tarpon
Florida's Silver King Of The Saltwater Inshore
Friday February 23, 2018
Catching a tarpon in the Mosquito Lagoon is not a daily accurance, but it is done on a fairly regular basis during warmer times of the year. Known for it's sightfishing opportunities for redfish and sea trout, the Mosquito Lagoon boast many other species including the magnificent "silver king" of the saltwater, the hard fighting and high jumping tarpon.
While tarpon can show up just about anywhere in the lagoon, the most habitual place seems to be at the mouth of the haulover canal as you enter and exit the Mosquito Lagoon. "You'll be coming down off a plane as you enter the manatee zone at Haulover Canal and tarpon are often seen feeding and rolling between the jetties." explains Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides. "The trick seems to catching tarpon in the lagoon is having something to present to them as they are active and live finfish seem to be the best bait of choice". Artificials don't seem to get these fish as interested, but occassionally they do respond to them and a properly placed fly works too.
Tarpon are an opportunity fish on the Mosquito Lagoon but can be caught on a consistent basis in other areas during the warmer months of the year. If you're exclusively looking for tarpon, try the beaches off Port Canaveral in the summer and redfish all year around at the world famous Mosquito Lagoon.
Tarpon have one single dorsal fin (the fin on the top) that extends into long filament. A tarpon's back is dark blue to green or greenish black, shading into bright silver on the side. Their color may vary and be brownish gold in estuarine waters. Tarpon have huge scales that are often kept as trophies by anglers and a large mouth that points upward.
Primarily INSHORE fish, although adult fish spawn OFFSHORE where the ribbon-like larval stage of the fish can be found. We find our larger tarpon off the beaches in the summer. They are often found rolling on the surface and gulping air in while lurking for food or taking it easy between feeding sessions.
Tarpon can often be found in brackish or freshwater near mangroves or in residential canals. Look for tarpon to show up almost anywhere on the lagoons and beaches in Florida, but tarpon "promise land" is found in the Florida Keys and other locations around Florida. While the Orlando, Cocoa Beach area is not as consistent for these gamefish as south Florida areas, we nevertheless we catch our share of tarpon in the Central Florida area when the timing is right and they're around. Tarpon tend to move into the Central Florida area and move out... The Florida Keys tends to hold them year around.
Tarpon are slow growers and mature between 7 to 13 years of age. Spawning occurs between May and September when females may lay more than 12 million eggs each. Tarpon can tolerate wide range of salinity from fresh to very salty estuary waters. Juvenile tarpon are commonly found in fresh water and can breathe air at surface. Tarpon feed mainly on fish and large crustaceans.
Requires $50 tarpon tag to possess or harvest and two fish possession limit.
Mosquito Lagoon Tarpon Fishing Guide
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 02 2016 13:53:06.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
February - 2018 Fishing Report
Every February seems to be different and this one is no different.
February - 2018 Fishing Forecast
There's not a better way to spend a Valentines day with your sweetie than out in the boat catching the winter sun and a few nice fish. If the weather this February stays nice, look for some fun and rewarding fishing into the central Florida spring break period. Fish get hungry as spring approaches and the cold winter grip releases. I KNOW... I KNOW... IT's Florida! How can Florida get cold? Well, it can often drop into the 40° mark over night and be in the 70's during the day, so plan a late morning trip on the lagoon and you should be safe in Februay and into March.
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Captain Richard was great company on the boat. He's a blast to hang out with and will glady joke around with everyone. When it came to the fishing it was a tough day to start but we were able to find a school of drummer fish. He was able to spot a school of fish from his boat which was pretty cool. We caught a good 20-25 lb black drumfish which made the whole trip worth it. For sure recommend captain Richard.
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