Daily Fishing Report St. Petersburg USA There is no better time to fish the Sunshine Skyway bridge for tarpon than the nights of and immediately surrounding the new and full moon. The Egmont Hole is more productive during those evenings than any others during the month. Later in the season when we begin to “edge” fish for tarpon at night, the three nights before and after the moon will outperform the rest 10 to 1.
Fishing during the day is perplexing. A batch of tarpon that had settled into a location for a week or more may disappear during a full moon. Schools of silverkings that had been chewing just about anything develop a case of lockjaw. Still other schools of tarpon that had been easy to track because they rolled often on the surface may show once or twice then disappear.
Look for action to return to normal this week as we distance ourselves from last week’s full moon.
There were several tarpon of more than 150 pounds caught last week. Though a couple were landed inside Tampa Bay, a 157-pounder was weighed at Redington Long Pier. Anglers likely will battle the largest tarpon of the season during the next three weeks. Many of the large females will slim down following their spawn.
–Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142.