The Best Lure To Catch Backcountry Juvenile Tarpon
It’s tarpon time!!
Juvenile tarpon in backwater creeks are a blast with their aggressive strikes and acrobatic jumps.
But catching them is different than most other inshore species.
- The lure that I use to target them is unique (I don’t really use it to target other species)
- Jig head color seems to really matter (whereas, it doesn’t seem to matter as much for other species)
- And they’re never really dialed into one specific retrieve technique
Check out the video below to see what lure I use to catch these tarpon, the two best color jig heads, and how to retrieve your lure to catch them.
The Best Lure For Juvenile Tarpon [VIDEO]
I can catch juvenile tarpon with these lures, too, but if I really want to focus on catching them, I’ll tie on a white 4″ Gulp Swimming Mullet.
I like to rig it on a Saltwater Assassin Pro Elite jig head in the 1/8 or 1/4 oz size, depending on the depth.
And one thing I’ve noticed with tarpon is that jig head color seems to be very important.
They have really good eyesight, so this is probably why jig head color matters for these fish more than it does for other species.
If the water is relatively clear, I’ll use a red jig head, but if the water is dirty, I’ll use a chartreuse jig head.
And now that you know the best lure for these small tarpon, here are three tips on catching them:
- Look for them in backcountry creeks
- Switch up your retrieve technique (try fast, slow, pauses, twitches, etc.)
- When they jump, point your rod tip towards them to take a little bit of tension off of the line
If you find yourself in a backcountry creek and there are small tarpon around, tie on a 4″ Gulp Swimming Mullet rigged on a red (if the water is clean) or chartreuse (if the water is dirty) jig head.
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