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'Tis the Season for Tarpon by JoEllen Wilson, BTT Juvenile Tarpon Habitat Program Manager

(photo: Shane Smith)

This time of year, the snowbirds are beginning their migration north and the tarpon are moving in. Typically, we see large schools of tarpon moving in on the Gulf coast as the weather begins to warm. Since we’ve been having such mild winters, these schools have been showing up earlier and earlier. Once they arrive in our waters, adult tarpon form large aggregations along the beaches and near the passes where they gear up for spawning. One phenomenon – known by anglers as “daisy chaining” – occurs when dozens of tarpon form circular head-to-tail formations, while anglers pitch crabs or their best fly pattern into the ring.  This is believed to be a pre-spawning behavior that gets them revved up before the spawn.

Read the full article by JoEllen Wilson in Coastal Angler Magazine