Galveston Bay Tarpon Fishing

There’s a Reason Tarpon are Called “Silver Kings.”  Find Out Why with The Salty Soul Guide Service

Any attempt to describe a battle with a big tarpon will come up short.  Tarpon rival any offshore game fish with their raw power and fearsome strength.  Best of all, you never have to leave sight of shore to target trophy tarpon that can tip the scales at over 200 pounds in the Gulf off of Galveston Bay.


Tarpon love to jump while trying to shake your hook!

Tarpon fishing in the Gulf off of Galveston Bay is some of the best in the entire country.  If you’ve never tangled with a big tarpon, it is vital to utilize the experience of a seasoned guide when targeting and fighting these famed bruisers.  Indeed, hooking and landing a tarpon require a combination of muscle, patience, and finesse.

Captain Sammy Flores is ready to share his experience catching trophy tarpon with you, and with decades of experience plying the rich waters of Galveston Bay and the Gulf, there are few fishermen that know more about the silver kings.

A Brief Overview of The Gulf & Galveston Bay Tarpon Fishing – What to Expect

When going into battle, it’s a good idea to prepare.  Tarpon are a formidable opponent, and it’s estimated that less than 10 percent of hooked fish are actually brought to the boat.  You can maximize your chances of landing a trophy tarpon by preparing yourself ahead of time, and heeding the advice of your captain once you have one on the line.


Tarpon are really strong fighters with super hard mouths.

It’s often possible to target rolling tarpon in Galveston Bay and the Gulf.  When you see these massive fish flash their silver flanks you know that the feed is on and it’s time to get your bait in the water.  When a tarpon takes your bait you will need to set the hook as many times as possible, before it makes its first run, in order to penetrate the tarpon’s bony jaw with your hook.   It’s a good idea to move fast because you won’t have much time.

Once the tarpon realizes it’s hooked it will run – fast.  Tarpon reach speeds of almost 60 miles per hour, so you want to keep your rod tip high to exert pressure.  You need to stay alert because tarpon leap from the water in a magnificent display straight out of your favorite fishing show.  When a tarpon jumps you will need to lower your rod tip quickly to create slack, so that your line doesn’t snap when silver king falls back into the water.  This process is called “bowing to the king.”

Gulf and Galveston Bay Tarpon Fishing is the Premier Test for Any Angler

Can you imagine yourself with a huge Gulf or Galveston Bay tarpon on the end of your line?

Contact Captain Flores today at (281) 221-3461 and find out why Gulf & Galveston Bay tarpon fishing is acknowledged as some of the best in the country.

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