It is a sturdy fish, with low aerodynamic lines, rounded and poorly stylized. His head is small about body size. Seen in profile results in an almost oval shape. His body takes a dark gray coloration on the back, clearing towards the flanks where it becomes virtually silvery, has large bright scales. Young people have dark vertical bands and mottled fins. It moves into shoals of hundreds of specimens.
Because of the diet, it is a sarcophagus. It takes advantage of the organic content it extracts from the mud, becoming a critical link in the food chain since they recycle the organic matter of the dirt. For them, it has as adaptation a protracted mouth and a differentiated stomach in two portions. His jaw lacks teeth, but on his lips, he has small teeth that help him eat food. It sucks small worms, snails, eggs from other fish, and microorganisms from the bottom. It is a bottom fish, which is always found in times of medium to high temperature. In winter, it migrates to the upper watersheds to avoid cold waters.
It’s breeding season ranges from late spring to early summer. He is a very prolific and long-lived fish: he lives for ten years. It reaches a significant development, with weights higher than 5 kilos in adult specimens, according to the feeding area.
- Cane: light material is usually used as a spinning rod, as they present considerable struggle.
- Reel: it is recommended to use the light reel, loaded with 40 nylons.
- Line: use line paternoster or background line light or sliding.
- Bait: worm, beef heart, Masa, Salamin, Snail of the river. Are the most common. Fly fishing too.
The Tarpon are mighty and have a very rough and hard mouth, the gills are well sharp, and their scales are coarse as well. The hooks vary with the size of the bait. You must prepare the living bait in the best possible way to make it look natural. As for all fishing, it is good to have different bait to see which is the most effective, but the more you know the area where you fish, you will see which is the preferred one. Always keep fresh bait on the hook or change the bait if you have no action.
We use light to medium avos, with a 20-pound line usually. If you fish around bridges or fences, then 25 to 30 pounds is required. In open water and to know more kids, you can use a 15-pound avo. On the reels, we use monofilament and braid lines; the braid helps a lot on the bridges and around the valises. The reels we use are conventional for the monofilament line, and we use braid on spinning reels. The rods we use are 6 ‘ 6 “” to 7 feet and weigh more than the range we use. We also use a rod belt to help us when we’re in battle.
To engage the hook, you don’t have to pull hard. The best way is to leave the rod on the stick and with the pressure of the reel that the fish will hook itself.
Let the line stretch and start coming out of the reel. After that, pick up quickly and keep the same pressure. You can also put the end of the stick in the water and pick it up quickly. These ways will help the hook penetrate one of the places in the mouth where it is soft to hook, as in the corners of the mouth and up in the middle.
You need a lot of pressure, but never more than 20% to 25% of what the line holds. Remember that the knots weaken the front, and that’s where it usually fails. Use a hand weight and prepare the reel pressure before you start fishing. And of course, before the Tarpon breaks the line with the bridge, visa or propel him more influence in those circumstances.