What's hot: This is the week to target tarpon. The tides get stronger as the week goes on because of the full moon June 23. A lot of fish Thursday came back in from being offshore since the storm. The tarpon have been eating live threadfins on the incoming tide, and small blue and pass crabs have worked best on the outgoing tide. Remember to set up above the fish and drift to them. Make sure your bait drifts at the same pace as the boat to make it look natural.
What else: Snook are starting to make the transition to the beach. They are eating scaled sardines. Incoming and outgoing tides are productive. Look for snook in the swashes around the passes. Throw your bait upcurrent and let it drift into the swash. Some big speckled sea trout are mixed in with the snook. The bay is loaded with Spanish mackerel. You can find them on moving water around shoals and the range markers. Use 50-pound leader with a No. 1 long shank hook. Plan on catching your share of sharks as well. A lot of sand sharks have invaded the bay. They are about only 2 feet long and a lot of fun to catch.
Tip: If you are fishing the range markers, make sure you have a pole rigged for cobia. They are all over Tampa Bay right now.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.