This week’s new moon provides some of the best fishing opportunities of the year. As long as the weather holds, tarpon, snook, redfish and mangrove snapper should all be on board for this weekends fishing plans.
Tarpon continue their migration along Pinellas beaches, pre spawn staging spots like the 90-foot hole at Egmont
Key and Boca Grade pass will be loaded with fish for the next couple of weeks as they await the full moon to head off shore to spawn. Big new moon outgoing tides bring on some of the best tarpon fishing in the world as thousands of tarpon gather to feed on the crabs being flushed out of the pass. Whether you choose to join the masses in the pass or find solitude along the beach you should have plenty of shots at fish this weekend.
Inshore snook, trout and redfish make up the West Coast slam, a feat that has been attainable most days as of late. Target mullet schools on the middle part of the incoming tide for a shot at locating a school of redfish and the occasional big trout and work bridges pass jetties and beaches for snook. Live sardines are the bait of choice and can be chummed up and cast netted along many of the grass flats just inside any of the inlets.
Mangrove snapper are schooled up heavy over artificial reefs and limestone ledges inside of 50 feet. The snapper are easily chummed up and can be targeted both day and night. Live sardines and/or shrimp are top baits and a chum block dropped to the bottom will get them fired up.
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