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Visiting the inlaws at the end of July and want to catch a few tarpon and/or goliath grouper. Where do I go?

Ps. Will be on a flats boat.


  • Jack HexterJack Hexter Posts: 5,612 Moderator
    Poons should still b around in front of Howard Park before daylight
  • BryanCBryanC Posts: 644 Officer
    For a goliath, your best bet would be an artificial reef a few miles out. Dunedin Reef would be a good bet. It's doable in a flats boat on a calm day. Make sure you get back in before the afternoon thunderstorms though.
  • ~~Mutt~~~~Mutt~~ Posts: 478 Deckhand
    My go to summer spots were as follows below..since I no longer have a boat ...might as well share
    Pins on a cork on the beaches ..dead shad up on the Sand Key bridge...and a pin/ crab mix out in front of Fred Howard.. .BUT..I did on many occasions put out dead shad at Fred..the crabs go to chow down on the shad..and then the Tarpon chow down on the whole meal ...I always put a drop of aniseed oil on my Tarpon baits.. For some reason it seems to help..
    If I were out there today though..I would be 2-400Yds off Indian Rocks Beach first light....pretty close to where the old IRB fishing pier was.. Always some action with the poons...As well as blacktips
  • TennesseeTarponTennesseeTarpon Posts: 6 Greenhorn
    Thanks guys. I appreciate it.
  • permit_mepermit_me Posts: 1,199 Officer
    Early in the morning - Catch a few ladyfish to put in live well then go out to nearly any beach and find a spot about 200 yds off the beach in the 10-14 ft depth range, anchor up/stake out. put out a live ladyfish or two, and/or a live mullet and watch what happens.
    as for your goliaths, i suspect those ladyfish would work there too.
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