“If it’s a calm morning, I head to the backcountry,” explains Thompson. “But if the wind blows, the ocean flats are the best bet. In the back, laid-up tarpon are hard to see when it’s windy. But ocean fish still move then, and the lighter bottom up front makes them easier to spot.” He adds that, while tarpon cruising along Atlantic-side shallows are generally tougher to fool, they often bite best when the water is a bit murky as result of the wind. Thompson prefers to pole in 4 to 5 feet of water, but in deep bays and channels with a strong current where tarpon sometimes congregate in the backcountry, poling is often not an option. So he put a Minn Kota iPilot in the front of his skiff, and addition the guide claims has proven invaluable.