What's hot: This week's full moon means tarpon will move down the beaches, out of the bay and toward the bridges and passes to feed before spawning. In the early morning hours along the beaches, look for rolling tarpon.
Tactics: Use your trolling motor to get your boat set up, and cast the bait 10 feet upcurrent of the school so it will drift down to them. On the afternoon hill tides that happen during the full and new moons in May, June and July, fish tend to eat on the outgoing tides as the bait flushes out of the bay. I primarily look for blue and pass crabs flushing out in the tide lines. If you drift those tide lines with your engine off (except to adjust the boat), you should get hooked up.
Tips: Using the proper equipment is important from the rod to the hook. I like a 7- to 8-foot rod with a light tip and lots of backbone so you can cast a small bait. Look for a reel in the 5000 to 6500 size loaded up with plenty of 50-pound braid. I also like a 40- to 60-pound fluorocarbon leader with a 3/0 to a 6/0 circle hook.
Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.