4/7/16 Tarpon Fishing Full Day Florida Keys

Got out with Buck and Carl today and we had some nasty conditions.  It was blowing 20-25 out of the north with a cold front that hit last night, and it’s suppose to get even colder tonight down into the 50s!  Awful late in the year for that but oh well.  Anyways we knew fishing would be tough but we gave it a good go.  Our first bait in the water at the bridge Carl hooked a nice 65 lb tarpon!  It was a mission getting the boat spun around into the wind and towards the bridge, while the tarpon was going crazy and the line was rubbing against the bridge pilings!  We got through and after the tarpon and then had to go around and cut off a couple of peoples lines that were fishing from the bridge because they didn’t get their lines out of the way so that was interesting.  Anyways we landed the fish and the boys were thrilled!  After that things slowed down we tried a couple other spots, and then decided to do some rod bending.  The mangrove snapper bite was pretty good we caught some nice size ones around the islands.  In the afternoon we tried tarpon again with the falling tide the conditions got much nicer as the tide and wind were together.  We didn’t see much for tarpon at either bridge so we ran towards home to try a channel there.  We caught a bonnethead shark, a big jack crevelle, and then finally a nice 35 lb tarpon for Buck!  A great way to end the day it was nice to catch a couple on a tough day.  2 for 2

Capt. Rick Stanczyk