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May brings the beginning of tarpon season. Florida's west coast offers some of the best tarpon fishing in the world. May through September is the prime time to catch your silver king.

Fishing around the bridges of Tampa Bay provides one way of catching silver king. Around the bridges, use live bait such as threadfins and greenbacks. Anchor up away from the bridge and drift your bait back to the bridge. Use 25- to 30-pound test line with a 100-pound leader and a 5/0 hook.

My favorite place to catch the giant silver king is Boca Grande, where I average 7 to 15 per day, with the average fish more than 100 pounds. In this area, use breakaway jigs rigged on a No. 14 circle hook. Use 40- to 50-pound test line with 100-pound leader.

_ Mike Manning charters out of Port Richey. (813) 848-0795.

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