What's hot: Mid-May attention is typically focused on tarpon. But a late-season kingfish bite has been too good to quit. Before the inclement weather, 20 to 30 a day were caught with slow-trolled whitebait and greenbacks. Markers 9 and 10 in the Egmont ships channel were among the most productive.
Nearshore options: The current new moon phase likely will trigger a hot tarpon bite. Crabs will be swept from the bay particularly on the late afternoon outgoing tide, and silver kings know where they flow heaviest. The Skyway and passes on either side of Egmont Key are a good bet. With easterly winds predicted to keep water relatively calm, sightcasters can present a variety of baits to migrating schools of tarpon along gulf beaches. Soaking dead baits on the bottom just outside of the swim buoys can be effective with shad, mullet and ladyfish the most productive.
Coming up: The Dave Crisp Memorial Day award, presented Monday by the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, goes to the registered angler catching and releasing the most tarpon during a 24-hour period. For details, e-mail email@example.com.
Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 321-2142.