Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Check deeper water for tarpon, sharks alike

What's hot: Despite the hot temperatures, anglers have a couple of options for doing battle with some really big fish. Tarpon and sharks don't seem to mind the heat and can often be found in the same areas this time of year.

Where to look: Many areas will attract sharks and tarpon; deeper water around bridges are good places to check, as well as the many deep harbors. The Intracoastal Waterway will also attract late-season tarpon.

Tactics: Glass-calm mornings will allow you to spot rolling tarpon. Where you see them rolling is where you want to set up. Dead mullet or shad on the bottom will allow you to hook into sharks and tarpon. If you're feeling a bit sportier, try casting slow-sinking plugs or swim baits.

What else: Despite slower conditions for working the shallows for redfish in North Pinellas, there are still good options. Targeting deep grass patches near the passes will bring mixed-bag action for trout, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and small sharks. Live chumming with small pilchards will get the fish into a frenzy. Use a quarter-inch mesh cast net and size your hook to a No. 1 or 2 long shank.

Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 or

Captain's Corner: Check deeper water for tarpon, sharks alike 07/11/11 [Last modified: Monday, July 11, 2011 8:15pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays morning after: The bats have disappeared



  2. Bryan Harper's path to the majors, where his brother is a star, has been bumpy

    The Heater

    He has thrown 215 professional innings over 168 minor-league outings, and at various points the kid from Las Vegas has called Viera and Hagerstown, Md., and Harrisburg, Pa. and Syracuse, N.Y., and even Arlington, Va. home. During that summer he lived in the D.C. suburbs, he would rise some mornings with his brother in …

  3. Blake Snell steps up, but Rays lose to Orioles anyway (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Blake Snell stepped up when he had to Monday and delivered an impressive career-high seven-plus innings for the Rays. That it wasn't enough in what ended up a 5-0 loss to the Orioles that was their season-high fifth straight is symptomatic of the mess they are in right now.

    Tim Beckham stands hands on hips after being doubled off first.
  4. Rays vs. Orioles, 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Orioles

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

  5. Rays journal: Sergio Romo excited for fresh start in AL

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Sergio Romo was about to play catch with LHP Adam Kolarek before Monday's batting practice when he paused.

    RAMOS EXITS: Rays catcher Wilson Ramos clutches his head after being beaned by Ruben Tejada’s broken bat in the fifth inning. Ramos leaves the game and receives six staples to close a laceration on his head.