Monday, May 28, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Take advantage of new moon

What's hot: Tarpon fishing during June's new moon phase long has been a personal favorite. Silver kings often feed aggressively during the stronger tides. The huge schools seen earlier in the season have begun breaking into smaller batches and at times are more difficult to detect as they migrate along our coast.

Tactics: Blind fishing is an extremely effective option. Pick a stretch along the beach where you've seen rolling tarpon, anchor and let them come to you. From Sand Key in Clearwater to Longboat Key in Sarasota, head to depths of 12-17 feet. Mix it up with live and dead bait. Live baits, whether fly-lined or suspended beneath corks, can include small crabs, pinfish, whitebait and greenbacks. My first choice by far for dead offerings is shad, followed by ladyfish, mullet, pinfish and grunts.

Tips: Our typical setup, when conditions allow, are six bottom rods and a couple of corks thrown in all directions. Like most fish, tarpon can be chummed.

Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142.

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