What's hot: Tarpon and sharks are at the top of the list for those who want to do battle with summer giants. Tarpon are becoming more abundant along the bay bridges at night.
Tactics: Tarpon cruise the shadow lines under bridges at night looking for shad, ladyfish, crabs or shrimp. Anchor up tide of the shadow line and float back a live lady fish right to the edge. During the day, the tarpon are rolling around bridges and deeper areas in the 10- to 15-foot range that attract schools of shad. Cast sinking plugs to rolling fish, or free-line fresh cut shad or mullet on the bottom.
For sharks, such as 3- to 5-foot blacktips or bigger bulls, set up in deep water adjacent to shallow flats, areas that are holding schools of fry bait, which usually has terns working the surface. Keep a fresh chum block out and fish with oily baits on the bottom such as shad, mullet or ladyfish.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email [email protected]