8/5/16 Everglades Tarpon Fishing in August

Got out today for some tarpon fishing in the everglades.  We left early at 6 AM and caught our bait on the way.  The mullet were swarming which is a good sign, lots of bait around throughout the day.  We fished some areas where I had seen some tarpon the previous days.  The tide was just starting to fall and it was very muddy from the heavy south winds plus the torrential rain a couple days ago that stirred things up.  Some tarpon started to roll but weren’t very happy.  After 45 minutes or so we finally got a bite but he didn’t stay buttoned.  We moved around later and saw tarpon at the next stop but no bites there.  We did catch a monster 350 lb goliath grouper which was very cool and a lemon shark.  Not much after that so we ran up inside the channel further.  A few tarpon were showing on the edge of the flat and eventually we got one on the line.  This time he stayed on there and we landed a nice 50 lber.  We also got a few blacktip sharks and bonnet head sharks.  After the tide quit we moved back out to the channel mouths, but no more luck with tarpon just a couple more sharks and it was time to go home.  Not easy fishing but we got what we were after so that is always good.  Tarpon fishing in August in the Florida Keys will hopefully get better the winds started to subside this afternoon, and the next few days look very calm!  1 for 2

Capt. Rick Stanczyk