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Mosquito Lagoon Tarpon

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Thursday November 23, 2017

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.

Remarks

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.

Regulations

Requires $50 tarpon tag to possess or harvest and two fish possession limit.

State Record

243 lbs.

Mosquito Lagoon Tarpon Fishing Guide

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 02 2016 13:53:06.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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November in Central Florida can be an up or down proposition for fishing offshore as the nor-easterner's start to blow and seas pick up. However, it can be rewarding for anglers looking to cash in on the end of the fall mullet run for almost every type of nearshore species from jacks and snook to redfish and tarpon. If the temperatures and wind stay cooperative, look for nearshore to be productive, but if the seas get angry look inshore towards the lagoons for redfish, sea trout and possibly some snook action at Sebastian Inlet and the Indian River Lagoon. November is a Central Florida transition month so don't be surprised to see fish getting active and feeding heavily before the winter cool down when bait becomes less abundant and fish look to warm up on the shallow water flats later in the morning.

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