The most effective lure is exactly what they are preying on at the minute. That might be shrimp, mullet, greenies or whatever baitfish is schooling. They go insane annually over a worm hatch which occurs in the Keys. They seldom will decline a well positioned silver buck sized crab (unless they aren't starving). For one reason or another I don't have good luck with larger sized live baits, 4 or five inches is as huge as I obtain bites on, as well as these tarpon can be a hundred pounds or even more.
As to take on, make certain you have a pole with some back bone to it. Your reel requires to have a solid and smooth bother, and the minimal line you should think about is 15 pound examination. If picking line this light, ready for a fight that can conveniently last an hour, and also if you are utilizing light bulb tackle, you much better have a watercraft or he will spool you.