Fly anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff, the Snook Fin-Addict out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had action with tarpon in the coastal gulf in Sarasota during the week of May 4. We had numerous shots at tarpon with a fly and one hook-up.
Tarpon were plentiful leading up to the May 4 full moon, and we had lots of shots that day, although a stiff east wind made casting challenging. Conditions were good later in the week, however tarpon thinned out for a few days following the full moon, and we had fewer shots. When sight fishing, the more opportunities or "shots" that we get, the better our chances to be successful.
Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf should be a good option when sea conditions are good. Look for reds, snook, flounder and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars. You also may find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues, flounder or pompano on deep grass flats, particularly close to passes.
Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.