What's hot: The stronger tides surrounding this week's new moon will have fish feeding aggressively. Beach fishing is fantastic from the shallows to the deepwater passes. Tarpon, snook, redfish and trout can all be caught. All are cruising the swash channel between the beach and the first sandbar. Most of the tarpon are moving over the bars and in the deeper waters. Use a variety of baits to catch all four species on a single trip.
Tactics: Start the morning by filling the livewell with a variety of baits. Then slowly work the beach using a trolling motor or pushpole. Locate a pod of fish, and work that area until the fish move on. When the tide turns and starts to go out, fish around the passes. As the tide falls, fish drop off into the deeper water and wait to ambush baits that are flushed out with the tide.
Tackle: Most areas for beach fishing are void of structure that fish can break your line on, so lighter tackle can be used. When targeting snook, redfish and trout, use a medium spinning outfit spooled with 8- to 10-pound test mainline, a piece of 30-pound leader and a hook to match your bait size. When targeting tarpon, use 30- to 50-pound braid on a large spin or conventional outfit, a piece of leader from 40- to 80-pound test and a thicker gage hook.
Seth Leto charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at [email protected] and (727) 385-0382.