Mention bottom fishing, stiff rods, and heavy line, and oversize hooks quickly come to mind. But when tarpon, jacks, grouper, snapper, and stripers are feeding on or near the bottom, you can take them on fly gear - if you employ a few special strategies. One key is to use a shooting head, a 20'-to-30' length of fly line designed to sink rapidly. On my 12-weight fly rod, I have a 30' 550-grain head that's been spliced to 60' or 35-pound braided mono running line. For a lighter rod, such as a 9-weight, trim back the shooting head by 6' to make it more castable.