Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Captain's Corner: Gearing up for tarpon fishing

Silver kings are cruising the beaches on their yearly migration up and down the west coast of Florida. Next week's strong full moon tides and the strong new moon tides in two weeks provide some of the best tarpon action you will see. Tarpon will congregate in the 90-foot hole off Egmont Key, waiting for the falling tide. Once the current is its fastest, crabs will go out with the tide. Tarpon are in the hole waiting for the flush of crabs to fall with tide. Two of the biggest mistakes people make while drifting for tarpon is dipping crabs in the "drift" and running on plane through the pack of boats that are fishing. Crabs are all over; there's no reason to interrupt everyone's drift. Once the drift is over, go out and around the pack of boats, not through the fish and people who are fishing. Running on plane will disrupt the fish and cause unnecessary boat wakes. I gear up and use heavy tackle for tarpon. A 60 or 80 series reel loaded with 80-pound braid on a 7'6" rod rated for 100 pounds will work. Eighty-pound flourocarbon leader with a 7/0 J hook will finish the rigging with plenty of fighting power to land the fish as quickly as possible.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.

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