4/12/16 Three quarter day and Evening tarpon fishing report Florida Keys

Got out for a 3/4 day with Tom and Will for some tarpon fishing.  They’d fished the day before and didn’t have any luck losing one tarpon.  Today conditions had gotten much better we had a little action everywhere we went.  We caught a nice fish to start the morning of about 80 lbs for Tom.  After that we moved around the bridges and saw a few fish roll, got in front of them, and Will hooked a nice 50 lber though we jumped him off soon after.  Later then we went to another bridge to catch the start of the incoming tide and it was Wills chance again he hooked a good 75 lb fish we chased through the bridge and got to the boat!  Exciting fight in the clear pretty middle of the day.  After the tide got rolling there were fish everywhere rolling must have been 500 or more!   However they were not responding about a half dozen other guides came out there and nobody could get a bite out of them glad we were there at the right time.  During the day the start and stop of the tides has really been when the fish are biting better though I think they will get happier and more consistent as the water warms up more it’s still in the  70 degree range which is OK but on the chilly side.  This is still early season temperatures which that fishing can always be a little more hit or miss.  After that we ran back to where we started our day and found a lot of fish rolling in the bay, I used my trolling motor to line up on them and we soon had a tarpon chasing and busting our bait, but never hooked him up, then it was time to go.  Anyways a great day the boys were glad to each have gotten their first tarpon!

This evening I got out with my brother in law John and his new bride Vivian, my wife Elizabeth also came long.  They were suppose to fish Wednesday day with me but I told them the night was very good the evening before and it worked out for them to go so we did.  We loaded up with fresh bait mid day and then we were at it.  Caught the start of the falling tide and fishing was good.  We got into a bunch of fish by the bridges and I think had 8 solid hookups, landing 4 fish and lost another couple to the bridge or jumped off.  It was action almost as fast as you could go!  Very nice to see them responding the evening falling tide is where it’s at right now.  I did get an out of the water tarpon picture with John, however please note tarpon under 40 inches you may lift out of the water.  We don’t lift big tarpon out of the water as it is illegal and can injure them.  I’m not booked tonight but just opened myself up so maybe I’ll get out again!  2 for 3 and 4 for 8

Capt. Rick Stanczyk