A Pile of Palolo Worms!


                                                                                         Louis Cahill Photo

Here is a pile of the world famous Palalo worms that every fish in the ocean go crazy over in late May in the Florida Keys.  


Giant tarpon love to eat these little delicacies and gather up in huge numbers waiting for tons of these little worms to hatch.  

When they do hatch from the bottom of the ocean they make their way to the surface where they kick it into over drive swimming quickly.  They swim to the reef to spawn and hatch later in the evening to ride the tidal current to the reef so they can spawn.  The lower light conditions make it harder for the fish to see them. 


Palolo worms are pinky red in color with a light pink head.  On this head are many little arms if you will that seem to propel the worm through the water. 

Here is a link to the fly fishing movie "Rise" where there is a really cool tarpon palolo worm segment.

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