A variety of methods are used to target tarpon with both natural baits and artificials. The method that has garnered the most acclaim is sight-casting on the flats with a fly rod, but sight-casting is not constrained to the shallows and neither is it limited to the use of fly gear. Many anglers chase tarpon schools along the beaches and cast a variety of lures in their path. In addition, plenty of tarpon are caught using live crabs and shrimp, as well as mullet, pinfish, pilchards, threadfin herring, ladyfish and even squirrelfish, a favorite in Boca Grande Pass, Florida. The baits are either free-lined in the current, suspended under a float, or weighted to get them down if the fish are near the bottom in an inlet, pass or deep channel. Another productive deep water tactic is bottom fishing with dead catfish or a large chunk of ladyfish or mullet.