1000 RELEASES MAY 5, 2020
Welcome to the on-line home of the Cape Coral Tarpon Hunters Club. This site provides a comprehensive resource for our members and public recognition of their accomplishments.
Want to experience the thrill of world class sportfish without a 60ft “sportfishing boat”? Southwest Florida is Tarpon Central!
Join us for camaraderie, competition and more fun than a new puppy. We fish the nearshore gulf, Pine-Island Sound and the Caloosahatchee.
As we enter our 52nd season as the world's largest Tarpon fishing club our history of over 10,000 catches provides a strong foundation to introduce new members to this exciting pastime.
We are a catch and release organization. Circle hooks are required when fishing with bait. All catches for the record must be witnessed.
In February we hold an introductory presentation for prospective members. You can learn the history of the club, gain knowledge of the Silver King and how we promote ethical Tarpon catch and release. Subsequent meetings provide our members the detailed instruction on rod/reel selection, terminal tackle rigging, bait prep and on-water etiquette necessary to get your name in our record books. "Rookies" are encouraged to participate in the full spectrum of club activities including weekend on-water “hunts”, a picnic, and anything else the club decides to do.
At our monthly meetings throughout the season we feature speakers on a variety of topics related to our Tarpon fishing passion as well as in-person updates of on-water action.
Post season we have our Awards Banquet to celebrate the successes and highlight the flubs.
Author Zane Grey in Tales of Swordfish and Tuna:
"If we are to develop as Anglers who believe in Conservation and Sportsmanship, we must consider the fish - His right to Life and especially if he must be killed to do it without brutality.
Brutal it is to haul in fish on tackle so heavy that he has no chance for his life; likewise it is brutal to hook a fish on tackle so light that, if he does not break it, he must be followed around and all over, chased by a motor boat hour after hour, until he practically dies of exhaustion.
If the above offends any fisherman, you may want to read it twice.
The principal is that the angler should subdue the fish by his skill with rod and line, and put his strength into battle to end it, and not employ a working process to a frightened fish that does not know what it is fighting."