What's hot: Last week's tropical system whipped the water along the beaches into a muddy mess. This caused tarpon to retreat to cleaner water offshore. But the water along the coast is starting to settle, and the fish are moving toward the beaches and deeper passes. When targeting these returning tarpon, consider atypical locations. This week we found vast gatherings of tarpon 2-4 miles offshore. There were numerous schools of 100 fish or more milling about on the surface.
Tips: How deep the fish are holding can often be deciphered by the way they roll. A slow, gentle roll or slowly sinking tail indicates fish that are sitting just below the surface. A splashy roll where the fish arches its back or kicks its tail out of the water means it is likely going to the bottom. "Reading the roll" can then determine whether to present deep baits, use floats or try something in between. Having your bait at the same depth as the majority of the school makes a big difference in getting strikes.
Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (727) 944-3474.