Tarpons are the largest game fish that Oriental has to offer fisherman and they usually start arriving into the sound and river mid-to-late June. These monsters range between 75 lbs. to 200 lbs. and pose quite a challenge to the angler with the skills to find and land them. Once they show, they will usually stay through mid-September. When the water salinity is high, they can be found from the sound to near New Bern. Years that the water salinity is low, they tend to stay more downriver to the sound. Who knows what 2015 will bring. The first tarpon was caught on Thursday. Congratulations to Phil Ambler’s boat for landing the first tarpon of the year. Hopefully, this is just the beginning to a great season.
…don’t let the big one get away
Capt. Bobby Brewer