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Captains corner: Trout, tarpon are active target species

Jim Huddleston

Jim Huddleston

What's hot: Many game fish are holding along the beaches in north Pinellas County. The larger speckled trout are on points and rocky outcroppings such as jetties that have good moving water. The fastest part of the tide is producing multiple hookups. The key is to use a heavy split shot a couple of feet up the line so the offering is presented near the bottom. Sardines and small pinfish hooked through the nose work best.

Tarpon: These fish are along the beaches, and they can be caught by shore anglers and boaters alike. Tarpon work the swash channels just beyond the first sandbar. The most productive method for catching these fish is anchoring along the drop-offs and placing a few baits out that cover different parts of the water column. Mullet and threadfin herring work best.

Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 and at

Captains corner: Trout, tarpon are active target species 05/02/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 2, 2013 7:48pm]
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