The news in inshore fishing is the arrival of good numbers of migrating tarpon, with reports of silver-king sightings from Tampa Bay to Hernando Beach.
Bay bridges: For early season tarpon action, bridges that span Tampa Bay are always good. The Skyway gets the most attention during daylight hours and the Gandy and Howard Frankland hold many small- to medium-sized fish after dark.
Baits: Live threadfin herring are good during the day, unless a new or full moon tide brings thousands of small crabs out of the bay and through the pilings, causing a shift in the preferred food source. If the crab flush is on, use a live crab for bait. In the dark, it's spot casting to individual tarpon that cruise along the dark side of the shadow line in the bridge lights. Live sardines work well as do dark colored jigs such as purple or black.
Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at email@example.com or (727) 944-3474.