Rob Steffan is the guest speaker at the Sanibel Island Fishing Club meeting. He caught this large king mackerel while tarpon fishing and this photo will be featured on the May 2019 cover of Nautical Mile Magazine. Photo provided
Rob Steffan is the guest speaker at the Sanibel Island Fishing Club meeting. He caught this large king mackerel while tarpon fishing and this photo will be featured on the May 2019 cover of Nautical Mile Magazine. Photo provided

The Sanibel Island Fishing Club will hold its final monthly meeting of the season at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in the north room of the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. It will begin with a 30-minute social time and the featured speakers will begin at 7 p.m. There is no charge for admission and the angling public is welcome. Pizza and refreshments will be available at a nominal fee.

May’s featured speaker will be Tarpon Hunter Rob Steffan. After moving to Southwest Florida, Steffan joined the Cape Coral Tarpon Hunters Club. Within a short time he became a member of the 200-plus member club’s board of directors and ultimately became the club vice president and president.

He was awarded the club’s Sportsman of the Year award in 2017, and is currently serving as vice president. By using techniques promoted by the Tarpon Hunters Club, he has released many tarpon, mentored several beginner tarpon fishermen and woman, and shared his extensive tarpon fishing experience with many other anglers.

Steffan will speak about some of the basics of tarpon fishing in our local waters. Importantly, he will discuss how average fishermen and fisherwomen can become engaged in tarpon fishing both inshore and near shore. He will also address ethical fishing tactics and tarpon fishing gear that help ensure the safe catching and release of our areas greatest sport fish.

He will explain both bait and tackle selection and his presentation is designed specifically to help those new to tarpon fishing so they can get out on the water and experience the mighty silver king firsthand. Any anglers looking to take up tarpon fishing should plan to attend this informative presentation.

The Sanibel Island Fishing Club meets monthly through season and sponsors several group outings as well as lending support for various fishing related charities and organizations such as Captains for Clean Water, Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation and the Sanibel Sea School.

For information on joining the club, contact President Tom Tilton at 901-494-8829 or attend a next meeting. The Sanibel Island Fishing club has been an active social club for more than 30 years on the island.