What's hot: Tarpon continue their trek along Pinellas beaches toward the shipping channel and Boca Grande pass. Pods are moving south 50 to a couple hundred yards from shore.
Tactics: Morning is the best time. The daisy chaining pods are relaxed. Set up in front of the pod, and let them swim through baits. Large-scaled sardines rigged about 6 feet below a medium-sized float work. Pinfish, threadfin hearing and pumpkin seeds also work.
Tides: Upcoming full moon tides will have snook staged heavily in the passes and beach shoals. Free-lining live-scaled sardines and medium- or large-grass grunts is key. Use a 30-pound (or heavier) leader so the fish can be quickly boated and safely released. Redfish have been traveling with large mullet pods on the middle portion of the incoming tide. Weedless gold spoons, live pilchards and cut pinfish work.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email at email@example.com.