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Captain's Corner: Tarpon hits gulf beaches

Silver on the West Coast: The white butterflies and lovebugs are sure signs of summer on the west coast.

But for anglers, the silver flashes from schools of tarpon migrating up our coastal beaches mean it's time to hit the water early and be prepared to do battle with the acrobatic, hard-fighting silver king.

From now until July, pods of tarpon will be found rolling and daisy chaining along the first trough off the beach from Naples to the Panhandle. These schools, as few as a half-dozen and as many as 80, normally will be found in 15 feet or shallower feeding on the numerous schools of threadfin herring found along the beaches.

Tips: Anglers who pursue these beach fish must keep a few things in mind.

First, these fish are spooked extremely easily and will not tolerate engine noise or pressure from aggressive boat handling. Instead, set up well ahead of the pods and let them come to you. After you have taken your shot, allow them to get well away before repositioning for another try.

And be courteous of others who might be setting up for a catch. No skipping in line, please.

Troy P. Sapp of Fins and Tails Guide Service can be reached at (813) 920-6928.

Captain's Corner: Tarpon hits gulf beaches 05/15/08 [Last modified: Thursday, May 15, 2008 5:13pm]
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