It should be no secret that we’re big fans of fishing here at the wannaB inn! Just take a look at our Facebook and Instagram pages, and you’re bound to see some shots of our guests who’ve caught a big fella right off one of our docks. We can’t think of anything more relaxing than sitting with your line cast out into the almost endless water of the Gulf of Mexico, just waiting to reel in that next catch. It’s the perfect blend of calm and excitement that you just don’t get from any other activity…and we’re not the only ones who think so. If you’re into fishing in a big way, then you’re not going to want to miss out on the Third Annual Tarpon Festival taking place at West Wall Outfitters in Port Charlotte this upcoming Sunday, April 29th. The Tarpon Festival is a great way to kick off tarpon season, with seminars from local fishing captains, fly casting and tying demos, kids fishing, and even free giveaways! There’s something for fishermen of every age, and with the event happening just a short 40-minute drive from the resort, there’s no reason to miss out!
A Little Tarpon History
Tarpon are large air-breathing fish that grow to be about 4’-8’ long and can weigh up to 280lbs. How’s that for a big fish story? You can recognize the fish from their bluish or greenish backs and shiny, silvery scales that cover most of their bodies. Fishing for this underwater behemoth is not only fun, but it’ll give you a run for your money, as tarpon are known for their fighting spirit. Captain Josh Greer, owner of West Wall Outfitters said, “Tarpon fishing is important to Charlotte County’s heritage and economy, and the Tarpon Festival is a way to celebrate our unique attraction of tarpon fishing.” Recreational tarpon fishing in Charlotte Harbor, once called the ‘sportsman’s paradise’ started in the late 1800s, their official seal depicting a Tarpon. In fact, Sport Fishing magazine listed Charlotte Harbor as the number one spot in the world to fish for tarpon.
Bring the Family!
If all this tarpon science and history doesn’t already have you packing your gear up in the car, maybe the free seminars, and demos will. If you’re always wanted to give fly fishing a go, now’s your chance. The Tarpon Festival will feature demonstrations on how to properly cast and tie a fly fishing rod. Plus, the event will feature kids fishing, which is a great way to introduce your young ones to one of your favourite activities. If that weren’t enough, there will also be food and beverages served up by some local food trucks during the event. Bring the family and make a whole day out of the festival!
If you’re a fan of fishing and will be staying with us over tarpon season (late-march through mid-july), you owe it to yourself to head down to Port Charlotte to catch one of these big beautiful fish and cross it off your bucket list…then of course safely toss it back. This weekend’s festival is going to be a great start to what will hopefully be a fruitful season for many anglers, and with so many offerings in the way of food and activities, will more than likely be a good bit of fun too. And hey, if you happen to catch one of those big ‘uns, snap a photo and share it with us…you might just end up featured in one of our weekly Fishin’ Friday posts.
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