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Captain's Corner: It's tarpon time in the Tampa Bay area

What's hot: With water temperatures in the low 80s there should be great inshore fishing in the Tampa Bay area, with tarpon at the top of the list in May and June. Tarpon are migratory, moving into our area this time of year, typically along beaches, passes and bridges. It's common to see tarpon within 500 yards of the beach. At first light they are rolling on the surface, gulping oxygen as they are move down the beach. Site casting tarpon on the beaches is my favorite method, casting live hand-sized threadfins or live crab.

Tips: Cobia is another great fish to catch and is good table fare. Starting in May we find them primarily doing circles around markers, buoys, poles, around the shipping channel and bridges. A big pinfish and a small crab make great cobia bait.

Capt. Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 and at

Captain's Corner: It's tarpon time in the Tampa Bay area 05/22/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 22, 2014 5:27pm]
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