We took a trip last year I would recommend Another Keeper Charters with Tom Mclaughlin, very professional. Wake up, walk out of the hotel and on the boat and in 10 mins your in the pass. I wouldn'tbother trying to drive your own boat in the pass where everyone fishes, it's like bumper boats with 130+ tarpon jumping everywhere. You caneasily tell who's a regular and who dosen't know how things work. It's worth paying the money to get put on big tarpon and grouper. We had two hook ups 120lb range tarpon and lost one to a 700+lb hammer head in two chomps in the bay. Here's his website.
its not the tarpon we are going for its the hammer heads. The tarpon crowd will just be entertainment to watch while we take turns on chumming and working over the sharks. have no plans on getting in the crowd.