4/11/16 Islamorada Tarpon Fishing Report mid April

Got out for a full day and an evening trip today.  This morning we caught a tarpon around the bridges on the end of the falling tide.  The fish ate a nice live mullet.  After that we went and caught some snappers for dinner.  We gave the tarpon a try again later in the morning and mid day on the incoming tide, though we didn’t have any bites.  Saw some fish in different areas but they were unresponsive and we came in early calling it a day by 1:30.

This evening fishing was much better we got out at 3:30 and caught the start of the falling tide.  I fished some of the local channels with Mick who was down here in south florida on business and wanted to try out tarpon fishing.  We had a good trip we found some fish early on and got some action pretty quick.  We missed a couple bites but then caught a 90 lb fish, followed soon after by a 100 lb fish.  Both put on quite a display and we got them boatside for good pictures.  We tried another channel after the bite slowed but not much there.  Then we ran into the bayside to try a last spot for the final hour.  We moved around a little and by 7:00 we saw a nice fish roll and lined up on him and got another bite.  A big fish to end the night of 140 lbs!  We made short work of him Mick landed all 3 fish and all of them in under 20 minutes.  A great night of fishing it was nice to see them biting again after having a few slower trips lately.  1 for 1 and 3 for 5

Capt. Rick Stanczyk