Offshore: The big moon this week will have all the snapper species on fire for those who enjoy night fishing. Look for the mangrove snapper to be abundant in the same places that you bottom fish for grouper during the day. These snapper are always present at these spots but have keen eyesight and are much easier to fool at night. Those that choose to fish from 90 feet on out should have little trouble filling their limit of red snapper. Prime baits for the larger snappers are small live pinfish or sardines, but fresh cut bait will also account for plenty of bites.
Inshore: Tarpon continue to be abundant on the beaches and in the Egmont Channel and this period around the full moon will produce strong outgoing tides in the late afternoon. Look for the tarpon to feed heavily on the evening crab flush around the mouth of Tampa Bay for the next few nights. Watch for rolling and striking fish and set up your drift to cast a free-lined crab ahead of the school. If you don't get a bite wait until you have drifted well past the feeding area then crank up and go around for another drift. Main engine noise will put the fish down and greatly diminish your opportunities.
Capt. Troy P. Sapp with Fins and Tails Guide Service can be reached at (813) 920-6928.