7/24/14 Half day tarpon fishing islamorada in july

Well back from vacation had some nice time off the water.  Yesterday I fished and things had gotten very tough since I was gone.  We caught plenty of bait – mullet and nice pilchards.  Though did not see any tarpon in the backcountry, caught several blacktip sharks.  Then tried fishing with the pilchards and only had 2 snook bites out of about a dozen spots I fished.  They really moved around!  Today I had a half day and used some of the bait we caught yesterday that I kept on ice.  Incoming tide and pretty weedy, not great conditions.  We did not see any tarpon until the last 30 minutes.  I saw a free jumper and we set up near him, saw another fish roll, and within 20 minutes we had one on!  A nice fish almost 100 lbs.  We also caught a couple saw fish which was cool and had a couple big barracudas grab baits and go airborn before cutting us off.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk