3/22/17 March Tarpon Fishing in the Everglades

Gave the tarpon a shot again today.  We had some leftover bait from the last few days.  Mullet were not very easy where I looked today, so didn’t give it very long trying to catch them.  We caught some trout and ladyfish in the bay then tried some of the backcountry channels for big stuff.  Tide was coming in, fairly weak tide still but better than it was a few days ago.  We had plenty of shark activity and caught a nice cobia just under size.  After that we ran further into the backcountry to check some other areas for tarpon.  We found the mother load, tarpon busting as far as I could see!  We set up and within 10 minutes we had a nice 100 lb fish on.  We fought him for about 40 minutes and landed him.  After we set back up though the tide started to quit and the fish slowly dispersed.  We caught plenty of more blacktip sharks, but alas no more tarpon bites.  The water was still chilly, but with the calm weather it started to get on a warming trend, getting back up around 71 degrees at least.  Hopefully tomorrow will still be good, then Friday it’s suppose to blow like crazy so the tarpon may not like that.  1 for 1

Capt. Rick Stanczyk