The big draw this time of year is tarpon. Unfortunately, the storm messed up a really good full moon bite. Hopefully they will settle back into the passes and beaches this weekend. As of now it looks like a short window to get back on them. The forecast for next week is calling for high winds mostly out of the west. This can really dirty up the water and make for a tough tarpon bite. There are huge pods of threadfins everywhere and this is what brings the tarpon in. The Sunshine Skyway bridge was hot in early May but has since cooled off. Your best bet is to fish the passes that come into the bay. There are also nice schools of fish running the beach. The passes get a little hectic this time of year, so if crowds are not your thing, target the fish on the beach. Tarpon are eating live threadfins and crabs first thing in the morning, then cut bait as the tide picks up. Snook are making their way to beaches and passes leading into the gulf. Good numbers are piled up together getting ready for their spawn. Scaled sardines produced the best bite on a good outgoing tide. You can lighten up your tackle when fishing them on the beach. Try a 25-pound fluorocarbon leader and a 1/0 hook to increase bites.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.