The very best bait is what they are preying on presently. That might be shrimp, mullet, greenies or whatever baitfish is schooling. They freak out each year over a worm hatch which occurs in the Keys. They seldom will refuse a well placed silver buck sized crab (unless they typically aren't hungry). For one reason or another I do not have luck with bigger sized real-time baits, four or five inches is as big as I get bites on, as well as these tarpon could be a hundred extra pounds or more.
When combating the fish you need to get down as well as unclean. If he's swimming to the right, draw him to the left, swimming left - pull to the right. If he's swimming quickly, put up on tight and also chase him if you can. There will many times throughout the battle where he (or she) just cuts short in the water, this is where you require to victory the fight. Don't stop and catch your breath. You will be exhausted as well as saturated with perspiration, however don't rest. Hammer him, he is simply avoiding since he's also worn down as well as you do not desire him to be able to gain back stamina.