In more southerly waters, Tarpon are often caught by free lining live crabs and mullet. Sometimes the bait is weighted to get it near the bottom.
They also can be caught on big top water lures, fish imitating lures, and soft plastic baits.
It is said that the most recent Tarpon taken off Delaware’s coast by an angler was caught by trolling a fish imitating lure.
If you are lucky enough to hook a Tarpon, they are spectacular jumpers.