3/7/14 Spring tarpon fishing in the florida keys

Well the front came here today we had stiff breezes out of the west today but not much rain thankfully.  We did some rod bending early and caught some stuff for dinner, then gave it a try for tarpon the last couple hours.  I had some dead mullet from yesterday still so we set up and put baits on the bottom.  We hooked what I thought was a shark within 20 minutes or so, it didn’t jump for a few minutes and ran out line steadily.  Finally a nice 75 lb tarpon leaped airborne and we gave chase.   Caught him after a 20 minute fight and several more nice jumps.  After that we caught multiple large jacks up to 12 lbs and a couple big nurse sharks.  Not too shabby for a nasty day with the west wind.  Came in after 4 hours cutting it too a half day.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk