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May 05, 2010

14 of the World's Top Tarpon Spots

14 top spots to fish for tarpon, from Mexico to Africa

12. Southern Louisiana

More Fish Than Fishermen

It's tarpon anglers, not tarpon, who have become scarcer in recent years in Louisiana waters, says Capt. Brandon Ballay. He attributes that to extensive coverage of the great offshore fishing for (very edible) pelagic game fish like yellowfin and wahoo. But tarpon are abundant generally, and especially August and September, in any of four spots: Southwest Pass, the mud lumps off South Pass, the West Delta and the Grande Bayou area, all roughly a 35- to 45-minute run from Venice. Guides such as Ballay play the tarpon game strictly with breakaway 1- to 2-ounce Coon Pop-style jigs and tails. Cajun tarpon average 120 pounds or so, but Ballay says, "On a good day, an angler can release five or six, one of which is likely to be 170 pounds or so." For more information, visit www.veniceoutdoors.com.

Photo: Adrian E. Gray