2/19/14 Afternoon Islamorada Tarpon in February

Gave it a shot for the silver kings today again.  Caught mullet early this morning, a nice big mud in the bay.  We had to take our time and drift patiently but eventually got a good throw and lots of baits.  We tried a couple backcountry channels, did not see any tarpon rolling we did catch several sharks though.  Yesterday we had fished back there as well and same thing mostly sharks and a few other large creatures.  The water temperatures are a few degrees cooler there though so I think many of the fish are either shut down or have been a little flushed out of that area.  Anyways we hit some of the local islamorada channels in the afternoon.  Put a few dead baits out and within 30 minutes we hooked into a big 120 lb tarpon.  Fought it for about 45 minutes and finally landed it.  Angler Bill Levor, long time Bud n Marys customer, landed his largest fish ever a 120 lb tarpon!  Unfortunately I didn’t get any boat side pics though he did.  If we continue having this warm weather the tarpon should get back into swing into the backcountry and are already around town here locally, plus there are other big things to pull on back there too.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk