Sanibel Island Tarpon Fishing



Sanibel Island Tarpon Fishing


Tarpon fishing is an exciting activity that can provide a challenge even for experienced anglers. Here are five tips to help increase your chances of catching more tarpon during your Sanibel fishing trip:

  1. Use the Right Equipment: Tarpon are strong fish that require sturdy equipment. Use a heavy-duty rod and reel, strong line and leader, and a sturdy hook. Tarpon have bony mouths, so it’s important to use a hook that is sharp and strong enough to penetrate their tough skin.
  2. Choose the Right Bait: Tarpon are known to be attracted to live bait such as crabs, mullet, and shrimp. It’s important to use fresh bait that is lively and active to entice the fish to bite. You can also use artificial lures such as topwater plugs, soft plastics, and jerkbaits to mimic the movements of natural prey.
  3. Fish at the Right Time: Tarpon are more active during certain times of day and tide cycles. Early morning and late afternoon are often the best times to target tarpon, as they are more active during low light conditions. Tarpon also tend to feed more aggressively during incoming tides.
  4. Look for Signs of Tarpon: Tarpon can often be spotted rolling or “daisy chaining” on the surface of the water. Look for these signs of activity to locate areas where tarpon are likely to be feeding.
  5. Practice Catch-and-Release: Tarpon are a catch-and-release species, so it’s important to handle them with care. Use a de-hooking tool to remove the hook, and minimize the time the fish spends out of the water. Support the fish’s weight when lifting it for photos, and release it as quickly as possible.

By following these tips, you can increase your chances of catching more tarpon during your Sanibel fishing trip. Remember to always follow local regulations and guidelines for fishing, and practice ethical and responsible angling practices.


Happy New Year 2018 from Capt Pauls Charters

2017 is in the books.  Looking back on the year brought some phenomenal fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities as well as new friends reconnecting with some older friends.   I’m grateful for time I’ve been able to spend with folks on the water from all walks of life, from very young to some last wish trips.

What will 2018 bring?   Although we face challenges with water quality as many area’s of the country do, the ecosystem is resilient given a chance to recover it does and relatively quickly.   Irma and the prior record rains resulted in Lake Okeechobee heavy releases until Dec. 1 this year.

At this writing we are at 68.00 Water temperatures which are not bad.   Last year much of the season the water temps were about 72-74, so its a bit cooler.   Trout and Reds don’t care much about that and Sheepshead a winter staple prefer it.

I will keep the site updated more frequently with recent catches and whats happening now out there.

Happy New Year and God Bless All.  May you all have a fantastic 2018.

Capt Paul Primeaux

Captain Pauls Sanibel & Captiva Charters