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Captains Corner: Use heavy gear, know tarpon etiquette

What's hot: Tarpon are cruising the beaches on their annual migration along the Gulf Coast. This week's strong new moon tides and the strong full moon tides in two weeks should provide good action. Tarpon congregate in the 90-foot hole off Egmont Key, waiting for the falling tide. Once the current is at its fastest, crabs start to go out with the tide. Tarpon wait in the hole for crabs to fall with the tide.

Tactics: Two of the biggest mistakes anglers make while drifting for tarpon: dipping crabs in the "drift" and running on plane through the boats that are fishing. Crabs are all over, so there's no reason to interrupt everyone's drift. Once your drift is over, go out and around the pack of boats, not through the fish and those fishing. Running on plane disrupts the fish and causes unnecessary wakes.

Tackle: Use a 60 or 80 series reel with 80-pound braid on a 7-foot-6 rod rated for 100 pounds. Tie on an 80-pound fluorocarbon leader and 7/0 J-hook.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit

Captains Corner: Use heavy gear, know tarpon etiquette 06/01/13 [Last modified: Saturday, June 1, 2013 6:57pm]
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