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Captains corner: Final shots at close-in tarpon before they move away

Doug Hemmer

Doug Hemmer

What's hot: This will be the last weekend to find large and plentiful schools of tarpon along the beach. This changes after the July 4 weekend. Most of the schools will move offshore to spawn. The best action is early morning from Honeymoon Island south to Longboat Key. The action at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge has slowed, but there are still a few schools to target.

Tips: On the beach, use pinfish, crabs or threadfins under a cork or free-lined. Let the tarpon come to you or move to the school with a push pole or trolling motor. Outboard engines will spook the school and shut down feeding. The Skyway is a great spot to free-line threadfins in the shadow of the bridge. You need a float on the end of your anchor line. When you get a strike, untie the anchor line, throw the line and ball in the water and chase the tarpon. After releasing the fish, return to the same spot for another round. Bean Point is holding good numbers of tarpon.

Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.

Captains corner: Final shots at close-in tarpon before they move away 06/27/13 [Last modified: Thursday, June 27, 2013 5:34pm]
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