6/5/16 Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada Florida Report

Got out with Don and Brandon today who have fished with me the last couple years.  We went into the backcountry tarpon fishing.  Was a little worried about the weather as we have a tropical system in the gulf that is suppose to be impacting us over the next few days, but today we got lucky no rain just a bit of wind.  Anyways we found a few tarpon in the first channel we fished but no bites we caught a few sharks.  Next stop there were some tarpon where we had found them yesterday, we jumped one but after that they seemed to have disappeared.  Frustrating!  Anyways we went to another channel and didn’t see much activity but soon after Brandon hooked and landed a nice 60 lb tarpon.  We tried a couple other spots after that bouncing around but not much else happening.  We went and caught a little bait after that and then tried some other channels when the tide had switched and started coming in.  Saw a few tarpon roll though we didn’t get a bite right away, we caught a few more sharks.  Then we had a chunk of ladyfish in the cooler I decided to put out and try, and low and behold we hooked a nice 90 lb tarpon a few minutes after that!  Don got to land him and then that was the end of the day, was glad to have gotten a couple!  Looks like weather may be an issue the next day or two, but will see what it looks like in the AM.  Hopefully if anything we can maybe get out for a half day fishing the local channels close by.  2 for 3

Capt. Rick Stanczyk