Tarpons are large fish of the genus Megalops; one species is native to the Atlantic, and the other to the Indo-Pacific Oceans. They are the only members of the family Megalopidae. The two species of tarpons are Megalops atlanticus and the Megalops cyprinoides. M. atlanticus is found on the western Atlantic coast from Virginia to Brazil, throughout the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, and throughout the Caribbean. Tarpons are also found along the eastern Atlantic coast from Senegal to South Angola. M. cyprinoides is found along the eastern African coast, throughout southeast Asia, Japan, Tahiti, and Australia.
Stage-two and -three larvae are found in salt marshes, tidal pools, creeks, and rivers. The habitats are characteristically warm, shallow, dark bodies of water with sandy mud bottoms. Tarpons commonly ascend rivers into freshwater. As they progress from the juvenile stage to adulthood, they move back to the open waters of the ocean, though many remain in freshwater habitats
Both species are found in both saltwater and freshwater habitats, usually ascending rivers to access freshwater marshes. They are able to survive in brackish water, waters of varying pH, and habitats with low dissolved O 2 content due to their swim bladders, which they use primarily to breathe. They are also able to rise to the surface and take gulps of air, which gives them a short burst of energy. The habitats of tarpons vary greatly with their developmental stages. Stage-one larvae are usually found in clear, warm, oceanic waters, relatively close to the surface.
Tarpon fishing is one of our most sought after as well as most challenging fishing trips we offer in the Summer months. We also offer an awesome opportunity in August known as The annual St. Simons Island Tarpon Tournament. Kids through adults participate. Women as well as men! Get a girls team, bring your family, bring your employees, or bring your clients and let's have some fun! We have a Captain's meeting before the tournament as well as an awards banquet afterwards. Last year we added a Bull Red contest in it as well..get your tournament thinking cap on ..and come get your Tarpon and Bull Red!
Shark Fishing is another awesome trip we offer during the Summer months. Kids as well as adults love to come fish for sharks. Don't worry-our guides are very well acquainted with sharks-we have many different species of sharks in the waters here. Sharks are found in all seas. They generally do not live in fresh water, with a few exceptions such as the bull shark and the river shark which can swim both in seawater and freshwater. Sharks are common down to depths of 2,000 metres (7,000 ft), and some live even deeper, but they are almost entirely absent below 3,000 metres (10,000 ft). Contrary to popular belief, only a few sharks are dangerous to humans. Out of more than 470 species, only four have been involved in a significant number of fatal, unprovoked attacks on humans: the great white, oceanic white tip, tiger, and bull sharks.
Black Tip Shark Fishing with Captain Mark Noble
Bull Red Drum:
Bull Red Drum Some people believe that bigger is better. Red Drum in the 30+ pound range is what one can expect during the late summer and fall months.
RED DRUM FISHING, GEORGIA FLATS
"October Red fish are big and fat. The Georgia coast is a terrific place to catch some big ones. Along with friend and guide, Mark Noble, O'Neill fishes the shallow waters around St. Simons Island to catch over 300 pounds of Reds in less than 2 hours. You can too. Tune in to get all the details."..Watch a Bull Red Drum YouTube Video
Famous Tarpon, Shark, and Bull Red Drum Fishing
1 Day Bull Red Drum Tag and Release Tournament October 8, 2016
St. Simons Island Annual Tarpon/Bullred Drum Tournament is held in August. Our next Annual St. Simons Tarpon Tournament is August 4-6, 2016. The Captains meeting will be on August 4, 2016 @ 6:30pm
It is sponsored by Captain Mark Noble and the Morningstar Marina. Captain Mark Noble loves fishing the tournament. His boat is chartered and the customers know how to fish (I'm certain that's due to the great teaching tips and techniques of the Captain). Their boat has won almost every tournament and Captain Mark Noble is known as "The Tarpon King" in this area of the Golden Isles of Georgia. Other Captains who join the tournament have been known to pile their own workers/mates into their boats to put up a challenging "fish" to "war with the best"!
Join in the fun! Just call 912-634-1219 to register or become a sponsor! Or Sponsor and fish!