10. Brazos Santiago Pass, Texas
On the Rebound
Texas then, says tarpon skipper Capt. Vere C. Wells: "When the Rio Grande still flowed, and you literally couldn't see the end of tarpon schools that went on for miles." Texas now, according to anecdotal evidence, says biologist Mark Lingo with Texas Parks and Wildlife: "Those who fish for 'em tell me tarpon populations are better now than they've been in decades." Take advantage by fishing in/around Brazos Santiago Pass from May into November. You'll see 60- to 120-pounders rolling, says Wells, who's guided here since the 1960s, with fish to 150 mixed in (bigger fish more likely in fall). "These fish are spooky," Wells advises. Most are caught bouncing bottom with circle-hook lead-heads and swimbait tails of the Coon Pop variety, or for a pretty sure bet, fish live mullet, early/late in the day or around tide changes. For more information, call Wells at 956-551-3483.
Photo: Pat Ford