What's hot: Tarpon are starting their migration down the west coast beaches. Watch for silver flashes as fish roll to breath air. Any beach in the bay area is a good place to start. I use my trolling motor on anchor mode to stay in position. Pods of fish will eventually move right toward the boat. Once a pod is located, I switch to manual mode on the trolling motor to carefully get into position.
Bait: I use a 12-foot cast net to throw for bait. Scaled sardines ("whitebait") is the top choice. Threadfin herring ("greenbacks") are just as good, but die quickly once their scales fall off.
Tactic: Approach schools with care. I use my trolling motor on the lowest setting. Tarpon head to deeper water when spooked, making it difficult to sight cast.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrob gorta.com