If tarpon fishing is what you wait for all year, then now is the time. Good amounts of them have made their way into our area. They are following huge pods of threadfins that have come in from offshore. Fish the passes that come into the bay, and nice schools of fish are running the beach. The passes can get a little hectic this time of year, so if crowds are not your thing, target the fish on the beach. Tarpon are eating live threadfins and crabs first thing in the morning, then cut bait as the tide picks up. If you're an offshore person, hurry to get your share of red snapper before it closes. Keeping it open on the weekends does not really help us since most of our red snapper are outside of state waters. Gag grouper is back open as well. Between red snapper, grouper and mangrove snapper, you can have a great day. The trout bite is also amazing. They are loaded up in the passes. Look for small areas of grass surrounded by sand and fish the edge of it, in about 4-6 feet of water. If you are just looking to get out and bend a pole, then the Spanish mackerel are all over the place throughout the bay.
Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.