What's hot? Beach tarpon fishing has been good for the past couple of days and should get really good by the end of the week. East winds are in the forecast, making for calm, clean conditions off of the beach. Migrating schools of tarpon can be seen moving both north and south right now, which is typical after the last full moon. Some schools will still be moving slowly as they daisy-chain down the beach. But the majority of the fish will be moving along at a pretty good clip.
Tactics: Anchoring your boat in line of where you are seeing fish and keeping fresh baits out underneath floats can be far more effective than trying to chase down fast-moving schools. Be sure to have one rod with bait ready so you can fire at a school that might not pass through your baits.
Tackle: Eight-foot rods are great for this style of fishing. They allow for long casts, and the long bend helps keep fish hooked up. A reel spooled with 250 yards of 50-pound braid is a must, especially when two fish are hooked at the same time. Sixty- or 80-pound fluorocarbon finished off with a 5/0 live bait hook completes the rig. The best bait lately has been jumbo threadfins, but put out whatever you have. Pumpkinseeds, big-scaled sardines, live crabs and pinfish will work.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 or via e-mail email@example.com.