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Captains corner: Tides favor more aggressive tarpon feeding

What's hot: Stronger tides surrounding today's new moon will have tarpon feeding aggressively. There are still plenty of fish on the beach, although most of the schools have broken up into smaller pods. Tarpon can be fished with a variety of baits — crabs, threadfin herring, mullet, pinfish and shad. Typically the two most popular baits, when sightfishing for tarpon, are crabs and threadfins.

Tactics: During morning hours look for fish rolling on the surface and cruising along the bottom. Generally tarpon use the same paths as they travel the waterways outside the beach. Find an area where fish are rolling then use the trolling motor to position yourself for a cast. Another tactic is to anchor in those same lanes where tarpon have been rolling and fish the water column. Put out live baits under floats and fresh dead baits on the bottom, then chum with pieces of cutbait. This is an effective technique when the water is rough and murky or while fishing at night.

Still hot: Beach fishing for snook is still red-hot. Some of the biggest snook of the year have been caught while fishing the afternoon outgoing tide. Areas that are holding the biggest concentrations of snook have been the passes between the barrier islands. The baits of choice for those 15-plus-pounders are greenbacks and pinfish.

Seth Leto charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 385-0382.

Captains corner: Tides favor more aggressive tarpon feeding 06/30/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 30, 2011 6:27pm]
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