1/10/16 January Islamorada Tarpon Fishing

January has been fairly warm here this winter.  I haven’t tried a lot but there had been tarpon around a lot of days.  We finally had our first real cold front a little over a week ago.  Though since then it warmed back up however we are getting cold weather again tonight and the next several nights.  Today we found some tarpon after fishing for snook/reds all day.  They were very active busting on lots of smaller bait fish and shrimp.  We worked them for a while, with no bites and catching a few snook in the mean time.  Though when the tide switched and started to trickle in, we got a couple bites.  I jumped one off on a shrimp that was just laying near the bottom on slack tide.  Then my angler Steve was casting near the mangroves and just slowly retrieving and he got slammed. He landed a nice 30 lb tarpon we got to the boat but then he jumped and threw the hook.  Anyways great way to end our day and Steve got a SLAM – snook, redfish, and tarpon.  We may have an early start to our normal tarpon season if things stay warm.  Perhaps as early as first week of February or maybe even end of January.  Drop me a line if you are interested or going to be around.  1 for 2

Capt. Rick Stanczyk