Friday, March 21, 2008

Tarpon Lures

Tarpon are one of the most iconic sportfish in the world and anglers come from all over the planet to tangle with these magnificent fish. Choosing lures for Tarpon can seem like a difficult task, but if you follow the guidelines below you should find something that works for you.

Hard body lures
The general consensus is that Rapala make great hard bod lures for tarpon especially the Super Shad Rap and the Magnum. Select your color according to the conditions and if in doubt choose natural looking colors. It is worth carrying many types of minnow, bomber and rebel lures for tarpon.

Soft Lures, Swimbaits and soft plastics
There are almost too many lures in this area to choose from, but if you have confidence in your selection you should get some fish. Remember to think like a fish and try to find a soft bait that resembles tarpon food. However, if you are looking for a definitive answer I have heard good reports about the DOA Baitbuster and Terror Eyz (both pictured below)

Tarpon on lures - video
I had to include this video in my post because it is a really special video and it the angler is using
DOA Lures. This is some of the best tarpon action I have found on youtube and the best boat maneuvering by the captain I have ever seen. I really think you will enjoy it.