8/17/15 August Islamorada Tarpon Fishing in the Everglades

Tarpon fished today with Jerry and his grandson Dustin from Texas.  We headed out early and stopped around Flamingo to catch a little bait on the way.  Didn’t see a whole bunch of bait, but was still holding pretty good from yesterday.  We did check a couple spots and caught a dozen or so mullet though.  We ran out off the beaches where we had some tarpon action yesterday.  First up Dustin caught a giant snook of about 18 lbs, very nice fish.  Then we got rocked up by what we believe was a goliath grouper.  After that we caught a sting ray and decided to move out where I was seeing a few tarpon busting.  Soon after we hooked up and Jerry landed a nice 25 lb fish.  After that we moved again and jumped another fish off, then hooked and landed a nice 50 lb fish.  After that Dustin was up we moved one more time and Dustin hooked up soon he had a nice 50-60 lb fish too.  After that we put them out one more time and Jerry hooked up another fish in the 50 lb range.  Great fishing up until 11:00 or so then things slowed down, tide quit around noon.  We tried a few other spots in the area and had a few shark bites but that was it.  Great day though overall these guys will be back next year!  4 for 5

Capt. Rick Stanczyk