7/15/14 Mid July Backcountry Tarpon Fishing Report in Islamorada

More stellar fishing.  We left the dock early again, had to catch bait today but it was a quick stop.  One throw of the net and we had 3 dozen nice fresh silver mullet, all we would need.  Ran to the tarpon area and we were fishing by just after 7:00, nice!  It wasn’t red hot in the beginning as it has been.  The last several days we’d been getting a bite within the first few minutes which is always a nice thing.  Today we sat for close to 40 minutes before getting a bite.  Though we finally did.  Ended up catching 3 nice tarpon, one close to 85 lbs and the others in the 40-55 lb range.  July has been fantastic for tarpon fishing in the everglades.  We finished the day up catching some nice pilchards for bait, and caught about 10 good snook on them.  Well really 9.5 – one got eaten by a shark!  The rain had chased us around a good bit, but finally was able to get to the spot I wanted to and it paid off.

My last trip for a while – going on vacation should be back in town next Tuesday! Will give the tarpon a little break.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk