3/4/14 March Islamorada Tarpon Fishing

Well back in town and got back out on the water today finally.  While I was gone I heard we had a mild cold front which had made the tarpon not quite as happy as they were when I left.  The water is still plenty warm enough for them to be around and catch ’em, but you had to be patient waiting for your bites etc…  We loaded up on bait early this morning and ran into the backcountry to fish for them.  The sharks were thick we caught lots of blacktips, some nice size ones and plenty of little ones.  I moved around a bit and finally saw some rolling fish which I set up on with my trolling motor.  We had a couple bites real quick, jumped one fish off right away and then hooked another we fought for a few minutes but unfortunately lost him.  Wind was out of the north though it was warm, that north wind can really be trouble when fishing for tarpon.  We caught plenty of small stuff on the light rods for a while and then gave it another hour for the tarpon before heading in at another channel.  Sharks were even worse here, we did see a few free jumping tarpon but they weren’t eating at least not before the sharks could get ahold of the bait.  Anyways fishing should improve the next few days but we are getting another front it looks like Friday.  That is always a possibility early in the tarpon season – they really don’t like the cold weather or northerly winds.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk