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Old 05-17-2017, 11:52 AM   #1
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Default A couple of idiots gonna try tarpon fishing

My buddy and I with our teenage sons are gonna try some tarpon fishing North of Clearwater, over by 3 rooker. What is the preferred bait for this type of fishing? We have never tried to target tarpon. We are novices but have caught a handful of snook and trout using gulp shrimps. Those seem a little small for tarpon. Will post results after weekend.
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A lot of people use crabs, break off the claws.
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Old 05-17-2017, 12:28 PM   #3
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How to catch Tarpon Bait

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Saw that the other day, great idea!
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Yep, crab seems to be their candy.
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Sabiki some threadfin on the bridges (small bridge on Dunedin causeway is good). Then head out and anchor along the edge of the pass. Freeline them out the back and wait. Look for rolling tarpon and try to position yourself. Between honeymoon and 3 rooker is best.

We have a tackle shop here, feel free to stop in and we can help you with the tackle of choice.
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If you see another boat working a school, please don't run over and try to join the fun. Wait until that boat pulls a fish out and see where the school goes. This is especially the case if the other boat is throwing fly (or artificial).

If you run in there and throw meat in front of the fish you're not going to make any friends...especially if that boat has poled or drifted into position only to have someone run up and cut them off...
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They will eat cut bait as well.

When I say the thread title, I thought you were talking about a couple of my buddies. I had just cleaned a half dozen Hoos at the dock and was packing the fridge with bags of fillets when I walk out of the dock house these two idiots are dangling my $90 blackbart lure in from of a big A tarpon under the dock trying to hook him. I started to push them both over the side.
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And make sure to have the correct rigs.
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My buddy and I with our teenage sons are gonna try some tarpon fishing North of Clearwater, over by 3 rooker. What is the preferred bait for this type of fishing? We have never tried to target tarpon. We are novices but have caught a handful of snook and trout using gulp shrimps. Those seem a little small for tarpon. Will post results after weekend.
You'd be surprised how small of a bait a poon will take, they eat the pass crabs like I eat M&M's
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Great advice everyone. I will be doing the exact same thing over the June 10th weekend. My family rented a house at Klosterman Point so I would VERY much appreciate a report after you get done fishing. What rigs you used, what bait, what worked, etc...

If someone is already in the pass at Honeymoon and Rooker, where should one stage themselves to stay away from the other boat? I don't want to be waiting on them, only to have them start chasing the fish right into our staging area. Will tarpon try to run to deeper waters or do they just run anywhere they can?

Do you think I would have success catching pass crabs on an outgoing tide right at the exit to Baywood Village at Klosterman Point?
If not, where is the closest place to catch these guys?
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Large threadfins or pass crabs/small blue crabs under a cork is how i fish for them on the beaches. If I am in a pass and it is deeper I will take the cork off.
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like others have said...the small bridge on the Dunedin causeway holds threadfins and some white bait. I have recently fished the sand key bridge and all the passes up to anclote. i have drifted pass crabs under a cork and freelined, i have drifted threatfins under a cork and free lined, and drifted cut threadfinds....I have tried it all in the past few trips. the tarpon are there, im marking them on the sonar....i just havnet gotten them to bite yet. i have no been out to the beaches so maybe you will have some good luck out there at sunrise or sunset. on a hard outgoing in the passes you will see the crabs being washed out. not as many as the skyway area but we got a dozen or so in about 30 min. maybe sure you bring a long net to scoop them up with. i have been using a 6ft piece of 60lb leader and a 4-6 OT hook. maybe try going a little lighter and smaller on the leader/hook combo. good luck out there!
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