4/6/16 Islamorada full day tarpon fishing report

Got out again for a full day tarpon fishing with same crew from last night Dennis and Allen.  It started off slow the wind was howling and current ripping.  We tried a few spots but didn’t see much a few fish roll in a couple spots but no activity.  I had been in touch with a few other guides and it was a similar report.  We finally set up near one of the bridges and as the tide slowed a hair the fish start to respond.  We had lots of cheap shots and did finally hook a fish but we jumped him off soon after.  The few boats around us had similar activity everyone got a bite or so and lots of cheap shots.  After the tide quit we left and caught some more mullet and then caught the start of the falling tide in another area.  The fish were there and as soon as I put the baits out, we had a couple tarpon up immediately and hooked a nice 100 lber and had another one trying to eat the other bait!   This fish was a beast and took us in and out of the bridge pilings like he knew what he was doing.  Luckily I had the trolling motor down and we used that to make quick turns around the different pilings, some how managed not to slam into anything.  Eventually he made his way into the open water and up in the shallows and we landed him.  He cooperated and we were able to jump in with him and get some pictures as you are not allowed to boat tarpon any longer though once in a while in the right spot you can jump in and hold them in the water.  After that we hooked another nice fish though he ran out a lot of line and got tons of grass on there, while removing it we got a bit of slack in the line and got tip wrapped and broke him off.  After that we had several more cheap shots but no real takes, anyways lots of activity it was definitely exciting and glad to have gotten one up especially with the great picture!  1 for 3

Capt. Rick Stanczyk