5/25/14 Memorial Day Weekend Tarpon Fishing Report

Well got back at it today had a full day and an evening trip.  Fishing was tough as has been the case.  Today we ran into the backcountry and caught some mullet back there first thing.  We tried a few channels for tarpon, nothing in the first channel but got a couple sharks.  The next channel we did see some fish though it was a little after 9 AM and the tide had just about quit.  So by the time it got going good the othe way it was a little past 9:30 and that is often when it gets a bit tougher to get bites back there with those fish sometimes.  Anyways we tried till about 10:15 with no action so we bent the light rods for a while with some trout.  Ran further out west off the mainland and found a few tarpon out there.  We caught a bunch of sharks and a cobia, though couldn’t get the tarpon to bite.  I moved a few times trying to set up on them rolling, but just not interested.  But we had good action with other stuff at least.  Tonight was very slow, lots of jet skis, boats, and the memorial day morons out in force.  Only saw a handful of fish rolling, did not see any boats hook up.  We fished several spots and caught a few nurse sharks and sting rays and a big jack crevelle, but the tarpon would not cooperate.  The wind picked up a nice light breeze out of the east and near sunset it looked very good, but no tarpon activity for us.  Tomorrow I’m going to try to catch bait very early and run right back to where I saw tarpon today hopefully with the little bit of extra tide and earlier start we will be able to get a few bites out of them!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk