Top Tarpon Tips
Right Pass at the Right Time
The key to catching tarpon is to be at the right pass at the right time. Most savvy tarpon captains choose to anchor in the passes and fish live baits under floats. Anchor lines are rigged with floats and quick-release loops so the boat can be released quickly from the anchor and the tarpon can be chased down immediately after hook-up.
But you needn't anchor in all situations. When the bite slows down in midtide, fish will often spread out into the deeper waters on the bay side of the passes. In that situation, basically when you stop seeing them in the passes themselves, drifting might be a better solution in order to cover more ground and hopefully elicit a strike.
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