What's hot: This is the best time to target tarpon. Silver kings are cruising the beaches on their yearly migration. This week, strong full-moon tides will provide some of the best action of the year. Tarpon will congregate in the 90-foot hole off Egmont Key, waiting for the falling tide. Once the current is at its fastest, crabs will go out with the tide. Tarpon are in the hole waiting for the flush of crabs.
Tactics: A common mistake is dipping crabs in the "drift" and running on plane through a pack of boats. Crabs are all over the place; there is no reason to interrupt everyone's drift. Once the drift is over, go out and around the pack of boats.
Action: The opening of Tampa Bay has been loaded with fish. The hatch has taken place, and massive schools of small baitfish have congregated in the deep hole off Egmont Key. Bonito, Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, blacktip sharks and tarpon can be seen feeding. Seagulls and terns have been the giveaway. When the predators start feeding, the water turns white and the birds go crazy. I have been taking advantage of the topwater plug in this action.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at captainrobgorta.com or (727) 647-7606.