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Captain's Corner: Season for beach tarpon gets under way

What's hot: Beach tarpon have arrived. Light wind the past few days has made for great conditions for sight casting small pods of fish as they make their way south along Pinellas beaches.

Tactics: Early morning starts are a must when it comes to beach tarpon. Staging up on the outside sandbar will allow you to make long casts. Best baits include live pilchards, pumpkinseeds, threadfin and pinfish. Cork your baits with about a 6-foot leader to help keep the baits near the surface where the fish are cruising. Remember to be courteous to other anglers as a school goes by. There is a good chance another one won't be far behind it. Being patient usually pays off.

What else: Supermoon tides have made for excellent read fishing. Target no-motor-zone flats for a chance at getting redfish ranging from 24 to 26 inches. Higher than normal tides will have redfish pushing well underneath the mangroves. Working along the edge of the mangroves and pitching into any small cut or creek entrance will allow you to get your bait into the zone. Almost any cut bait will work in this situation, or use a live pilchard weighted down with a large split shoot to help keep it in the spot.

Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email

Captain's Corner: Season for beach tarpon gets under way 05/06/12 [Last modified: Sunday, May 6, 2012 7:44pm]
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