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Inshore Tarpon Fishing

Capt. Pier Milito
February 15, 2013
Miami - Saltwater Fishing Report


Spring time is here and the most popular topic amongst the inshore backcountry and flats fisherman is "Tarpon." Have you ever wanted to hook up with a Tarpon? If you are interested in feeling an incredible and immediate burst of power that is unmatched by any other fish in shallow water, you are going to want to hook up with a tarpon.

The adrenalin rush caused by these fish is unmatched in the inshore arena and only exponentially raised to a higher level when using a fly rod. When hunters are about to shoot their hunted prey they get a sudden surge of adrenalin pumped into their blood stream, which most of the time, makes their hands shake uncontrollably during and/or after the kill. This amazing experience is called "buck fever." In the saltwater world in which I spend many days of my life, this adrenalin rush is also experienced. I have come up with a more appropriate name for this heart pumping experience, I call it "scale fever" for obvious reasons.

Through the years, I have been fortunate enough to put many anglers on many Big Tarpon year after year; I do this all over the South Florida area including Biscayne Bay, Islamorada (Florida Keys) and Flamingo Everglades National Park.

After initial hook up with a big tarpon I often ask my anglers. "Who's in charge?" The correct answer is, "the Tarpon." From initial hook up, I instruct my anglers to use special fighting techniques that I teach which maximize pressure. I consider my self a conservationist and do not want to harm these fish; I believe that the shorter the fight the less stress is induced to the fish which in turn increases the chances of survival. One of the techniques I teach is called "the down and dirty," I'd like to but can't take credit for developing this method. I learned this method from a legendary angler, one of the first fishing guides of the Florida Keys. A fishing guide with one of the or the first fishing show(s) of all times (back in the mid 1900's), an inductee into the fishing hall of fame and someone I consider very special and one of my mentors, his name is Stu Apte. In years past, I spent numerous days fishing with him and guiding many of his friends and clients.

While fighting big Tarpon or big fish remember that every inch of line the fish pulls off the reel must be earned through hard work. The idea is to get the fish to surrender as quickly as possible putting the angler in charge as soon as possible. This amazing fish most know as the tarpon, I call "the goliath prehistoric sardine." These amazing fish are capable of implanting memories that my angler's will never forget.


As a professional fisherman and fishing guide I spend most of the day light hours out in the sun and on the water. I have chosen to use Glacier Gloves because I pride my self in using the best. This company manufactures all kind of gloves that protect my hands and make my job easier when gripping big fish, using the push pole or simply handling fishing lines, rods, reels and tackle.
When you have a moment check them out on the web and as always please feel free in contacting me direct if you have any questions about any of the TACKLE STATION featured products or services, I always enjoy hearing from you.

Captain charters Offshore and Inshore in Islamorada/Upper Keys, Key Largo, Miami/Biscayne Bay, Flamingo/Florida Bay and Everglades National Park. Fly casting lessons are available. Capt. Pier Milito is an IGFA Certified Captain; he is a member of the CCA and a professional fishing guide for the Redbone Celebrity Fishing Tournament Series and for the IGFA / Rolex Tournament of Inshore Champions. Captain caters to local, national and international anglers. So if your looking to fish a tournament, break a world record or just want to have a good time book a trip by calling him at 786-295-4466 or E-mail him at CaptainMilito@FishingAdventureCharters.com
His website: www.FishingAdventureCharters.com

The Captain is sponsored by, but not limited to:
Mercury Marine, Winston Fly Rods, Galvan Fly Reels, Glacier Gloves, Stiffy Push Poles, Scientific Anglers, Yeti Coolers, Accurate offshore reels, Quantum spinning rods & reels, South Dade Outfitters, Noble Embroidery, Odyssey batteries, Smith Optics Sunglasses, Sol Sunguard, Spike It soft baits, Bass Assassin Baits, Gamma/Frog Hair fluorocarbon and leader materials, Reactor Watches, Wang Anchors, RMR Industries Line & Lure conditioners and BTS, Van Staal pliers and many more.

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Captain guides in waters he's been fishing longer than most have been alive and has been guiding professionally for longer than most. Happy customers all over the world doesn't happen over night. It happens with hard work, experience and good fishing day in and day out. Fish Islamorada/Florida Keys, Miami/Biscayne Bay or Flamingo Everglades National Park. Fly and/or light tackle, inshore and/or offshore. National and International all inclusive fishing excursions also available.

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Fishing Adventure Charters
P.O. Box 823644
South Florida, FL 33082
Phone: 786-295-4466
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