The most effective bait is just what they are feeding on presently. That can be shrimp, mullet, greenies or whatever baitfish is schooling. They go nuts yearly over a worm hatch which takes place in the Keys. They hardly ever will refuse a well positioned silver dollar sized crab (unless they typically aren't starving). For one reason or another I don't have luck with bigger sized real-time baits, 4 or 5 inches is as big as I get bites on, and these tarpon can be a hundred extra pounds or more.
About take on, see to it you have a rod with some back bone to it. Your reel has to have a strong and also smooth drag, and the minimal line you must take into consideration is 15 pound examination. If choosing line this light bulb, plan for a fight that can easily last a hr, as well as if you are using light bulb deal with, you better have a boat or he will spool you.