Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Tips for late tarpon

What's hot: Each year tarpon mass along our gulf shoreline in numbers rarely seen anywhere else in the United States. This migration is related to the spawning cycle of the fish, which usually runs until the first major moon phase in July. After this, many anglers stow their gear for the year. Yet for a smaller group of savvy tarpon anglers, the season has just begun.

Location: After spawning, the fish return to the shoreline and migrate north in search of forage to regain lost body fat from the rigors of spawning. As the fish move north toward the nutrient-rich waters of the Mississippi Delta, some "break off' the beaten path and find bountiful areas of bait inside larger river, harbor, bay and other estuaries. Unlike the tarpon of spring, these fish are here to feed.

Pro logic: Any areas in or adjacent to deeper water, and holding massive schools of bait, are the places to start looking for the occasional fish rolling or "free jumping." Once anglers locate them, they can use slow sinking plugs, jigs and swimbaits fished on bass tackle; this is often the best way to test your mettle against backwater tarpon.

Robert McCue charters out of Ellenton and can be reached at (727) 597-0957 or

Captain's Corner: Tips for late tarpon 07/19/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 6:25pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. College World Series: Gators, LSU face off in all-SEC finals


    OMAHA, Neb. — The matchup for the College World Series finals bolsters the case for those who say the best baseball in the land is played in the SEC.

    Florida’s Brady Singer, delivering during a CWS win over Louisville last week, is scheduled to start tonight against LSU.
  2. Jones: Fox Sports Sun shows depth in Rays coverage

    TV and Radio

    tom jones' two cents

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) makes a run home for a score in the in the final game of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and AL East rival the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
  3. Brian Boyle says returning to Lightning a 'huge option'


    As former Lightning forward Brian Boyle approaches free agency this week, he said he's trying to stay busy.

  4. Rays journal: Blake Snell to rejoin rotation, Erasmo Ramirez heads to bullpen

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Blake Snell is rejoining the Rays' rotation, but the move has as much to do with helping the bullpen as it does with Snell's improvement during his time at Triple-A Durham.

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (30) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
  5. Rays' bullpen stars lit up in loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday it was the soft underbelly of the bullpen that let one get away from the Rays, incurring the wrath of the team's faithful followers, who wondered why the high-leverage guys weren't pitching.

    Rays closer Alex Colome, coming in with the score tied in the ninth, allows three runs in his second straight poor outing.