Tarpon showing up on beaches, bridges

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This week shouldn’t be a total wash out. While there is a chance of rain every day, it should only be sporadic. Hopefully it won’t dirty up the water too much. If you are a tarpon fisherman and look forward to their arrival like I do, then you are in luck. Tarpon are really starting to show up thick on the beaches and bridges. You have to work a little to get one to eat, but they are eating. Threadfins have been the bait of choice but expect that to change this week with the new moon. I expect them to key in on the crabs with the afternoon hill tides. The bite should be in full swing after Tuesday’s new moon. If you want to catch a fish of a lifetime, then get out on the water the next couple of months. There is nothing better than watching a 6-foot, 150-pound tarpon jumping repeatedly. The snook bite is really hot as they start to fatten up for the spawn. They have been more aggressive in the late morning and afternoon. When you pull up to a spot, throw out the biggest bait you have in the water without chumming. This will usually entice the bigger fish to eat. After about 15 minutes throw out some chum to get the snook all fired up.

Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit tampacharters.com.