What's hot: The May full moon will bring strong outgoing tides in the evening to all our area passes. This event, commonly called the "Hill Tide" in Boca Grande, also takes place in many other areas. The key ingredient in this case is the small crabs that flush out to spawn offshore. If the crabs are present in good numbers, the tarpon will be there feeding aggressively. These dollar-sized crabs will float on the surface with the tide and can be scooped with a long-handled bait net. Once declawed by snipping the top joint of the pincher for safer handling, they can be attached by pushing the hook through the outside point of the shell.
Techniques: Watch for tarpon feeding on the surface, and calculate your drift to get into casting range. Motor around the feeding area, then shut down the engine and let the current and wind carry you to the feeding fish to make a cast. Running the motor close to the feeding area will put the fish down and greatly diminish your opportunities.
Troy P. Sapp of Fins and Tails Guide Service can be reached at (813) 920-6928.