Schools of tarpon are cruising along the beaches from Redington to Clearwater and even on the flats in Pasco and Hernando counties.
When to go: To hunt tarpon along the shoreline, get out in the early morning. Being on the beach at daybreak will give you a shot at the fish that settled into spots for the night and have not been disturbed by boating activity. This is also generally when conditions are calmest, making locating the pods much easier.
Baits: One of the best baits for beach tarpon fishing is the threadfin herring. These delicate baitfish a can be caught easily by jigging a Sabiki rig through one the vast schools that have settled in along our coast. During the new moon tidal phase that we have this weekend, crabs become the No. 1 choice. The threadfins will still work during this time, but with the inlets flushing thousands of small crabs into the gulf, the fish start feeding heavily on crabs and will strike one even if they are being picky about other baits.
Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 944-3474 or e-mail [email protected] tacklecharters.com.