What's hot: With the annual mullet spawn in full swing, predators have lined up along the coast as schools exit the inlets. Roe-laden black mullet gather on the flats adjacent to passes, then flow out into the open Gulf as cold fronts come through. A handful of late season tarpon have been blasting the schools, as have big kingfish, dolphins, and a wide variety of sharks. Cast net fishermen often have their nets destroyed as sharks attack them when filled with the oily fish.
Tips: Right now the best shark bait is a fresh dead mullet. Try setting up a couple of big rods on the shore after dark, then paddle a bait outside the sand bar in a kayak or rowboat. Set the rods in sand spikes, or on the rail of a pier or bridge, and set the reels in freespool with the clicker on. It probably won't take long. We usually pose the sharks for a photo at the water's edge, then release them. If you bring a big shark on land it can be difficult to get them back into the water, so avoid dragging them up too far.
Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (727) 944-3474.