Southwest Florida, specifically Charlotte Harbor and the gulf islands, are an angling paradise in the spring and summer. As a charter captain, I cater to a predominantly tarpon-minded clientele. We have been chasing silver kings since early March in Charlotte Harbor. Our weather earlier this year was colder than normal, and water temperatures remained low through most of April. But as soon as the calendar flipped to May, the fishing turned phenomenal. Once the water temperature reached the upper 70-degree mark, the tarpon went ballistic. I fished two trips daily for the first week of May. In three days, we jumped over 60 tarpon on live bait. My anglers jockeyed for position on the boat with triple and quadruple headers often the norm.