What's hot: The focus of most inshore anglers has been directed toward tarpon fishing recently. Fish of various sizes can be found at all of the usual hot spots, from the bridges to the beaches. Tactics vary by location and personal fishing style, but they all require patience. It's not uncommon to have tarpon rolling around the boat with little cooperation. Plan trips during good tidal phases coinciding with solunar periods for the best success.
Tips: Catching the coveted inshore slam consisting of snook, redfish and trout in the same outing can be done right now. Snook and redfish often gather in the same areas this time of year, and the trout are never far away. Explore mangrove shorelines with deeper cuts and ambush points to locate snook. Redfish move through these same areas and are attracted to the same live baits or lures used for snook. A short move away from the mangroves to grass beds with deeper holes typically produces trout to complete the slam.
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