3/26/17 March Tarpon Fishing half day Islamorada

Got out with Zack and his dad Peter this morning for a half day tarpon trip.  We didn’t see much in the first channel and it was very weedy… made it tough to fish our live baits they kept getting knocked off the hooks.  I moved after 20 minutes since we hadn’t seen much and got frustrated after losing 3 baits.  But we moved out to the other end of the channel and found a big pack of tarpon!  They were rolling frequently and busting here and there.  We ended up hooking one after about 15 minutes of fishing, Zack caught a nice 80 lb fish.  After that it kind of slowed down, we caught a shark and a big jack crevelle.  Though no more tarpon bites.  We moved around a little bit too but no luck.  After that they started to thin out and I moved to the channel next door.  We found some more fish there and gave it some time, catching a few more blacktips, a big nurse shark, and then another tarpon of about 60 lbs!  Continued to see a few more fish, and caught another big jack, and then that was about the end of our morning.  The tide was quitting and it was time to go.  Though very happy to have caught a couple, the winds are suppose to subside today and should be a nice week coming up.  I think the fishing will be good!  2 for 2

Capt. Rick Stanczyk