If fishing for big fish with light tackle is your game, then Key Largo is the place to be from April to the end of July. While you can catch these fish all year long, that’s generally when the tarpon migrate — meaning hot and heavy fishing for lucky anglers.
These fish, also known as the “Silver King,” move through the creeks and inlets connecting Florida Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. Fishing the creeks with live bait is popular and produces some huge fish well over 100 pounds and sometimes as large as 150 pounds. But artificial lures can also do the trick.
Sight-fishing on the clear ocean-side flats can be rewarding, too. Standing on the bow of a boat with a light spinning rod or a fly rod in hand and watching a school of big tarpon swim within casting range will make any angler’s heart race.
Be sure to take your vitamins — a battle with the Silver King can easily last an hour or more.