3/12/14 March Tarpon Fishing Florida Keys Report

Wind kicked up a bit today.  It was blowing 10 knots out of the southwest.  We tarpon fished around town in the morning.  I had caught some live mullet the night before that we penned up, they stayed pretty healthy.  The tide was coming in and I fished an area I had done well before the last front we had with a similar condition – westerly wind and incoming tide.  The fish were there again and we did well.  We caught 3 out of 8 tarpon on both live and dead bait.  This was in the first 3 hours of the day, pretty good fishing.  After that we went out to the patch reefs and caught dinner, hogfish and snappers!  Tried for tarpon again later in the day down by channel 2, had one mystery fish zip the line pretty good.  Then came back near the marina and not much action there, though a boat that was anchored 100 yard from us was fighting one when we got there and hooked another.  The march islamorada tarpon fishing may get a little slower as the temperature is going to drop a bit, suppose to blow 20+ mph tomorrow and get in the low 60s.  But should only last a day or so.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk