What's hot: June means tarpon season, and we're in the thick of it. Tales of tarpon being caught and released from Clearwater Beach to Boca Grande and beyond have been steadily reported, and there are a bunch of ways to get in on the action. Land-based anglers on the Dubai Pier at Redington Beach have caught several silver kings. Big numbers of tarpon have been released at the Skyway Bridge. Bone-chilling stories of hooked tarpon being attacked by sharks have seemingly increased. Bull sharks have been the most menacing, but a hammerhead won't mind helping itself to a battle-weary tarpon, either. The Egmont "hole" best known for the couple weeks a month when the crabs flow the thickest did not disappoint. Coming off the new moon phase, Larry Mastry drifted the pass then caught and videotaped a 200-pound monster silver king before releasing it. Sight-casting to schools of tarpon along the gulf beaches had been productive until westerly winds made it rough and difficult to locate them. Look for that action to heat back up when we return to a normal pattern of easterly winds.
Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 321-2142.