What's hot: Tarpon fishing during full moon tides this week provided plenty of action at a couple of the most popular spots. As they typically do, tarpon ganged up at the Sunshine Skyway bridge and some in the passes on each side of Egmont Key to ambush crabs, particularly on the afternoon outgoing tides. To avoid a crowd, head to the beach and find your own bunch to fish. Projected easterly winds will calm the nearshore gulf, and schools of migrating tarpon will be easy to spot rolling on the surface.
Technique: Offer a variety of baits to schools along beaches. Often finicky, tarpon can be coaxed into chewing by mixing it up. I get well ahead of an oncoming school and anchor. We'll throw four bottom rods out in each direction to cover an area loaded with fresh dead shad. A couple of live baits suspended beneath corks help cover the water column. A fly-lined crab or frisky greenback will round out the smorgasbord.
Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142.