What's hot: Tarpon season has been off to a slow start. But water temperatures are going to rise, and the new moon phase likely will ignite the bite. Stronger than normal outgoing tides will trigger the crab flush, and tarpon will take advantage.
Tips: Hot spots such as the Skyway and Egmont passes draw deserved attention. But gulf beaches will see increased activity due to rising water temperatures and new and full moons. The water temp was 77 degrees Thursday at Anna Maria and felt more like kingfish season than tarpon. With the amount of bait around, it's little surprise kingfish have lingered. Schools of mostly juvenile Spanish mackerel (the target of monster kings) have crashed the surface along the beach inside Tampa Bay.
Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142.