4/8/17 April Tarpon Fishing Islamorada Full Day Trip

Got out with return client Chester and his nephew Reuben.  Tarpon were the target though we had tough conditions with the cold front hitting last night and it was blowing 20-25 out of the north this morning, though winds subsided mid day and got fairly nice in the afternoon.  Water temperatures however did dip and got down to 73 degrees in some areas we fished.  We ended up catching a nice tarpon early at the bridge, we had another bite on a live bait too as well as some ‘cheap shots’.  We also caught a nice mutton snapper on the bottom.  After we landed the fish though it was more or less over with, we had a couple other cheap shots fishing under the bridge, but then the tide quit.  We went and caught some more mullet and then fished a different area.  We didn’t see much though did see one bust that looked like a tarpon crashing on something.  We sat for a bit and eventually hooked into another tarpon!  We landed him and then ended up fishing the rest of the day trying a few other areas, but not much luck.  Was glad to get a couple fish though on a day that could’ve been tough for a lot of people I imagine with the weather change.  Tomorrow I have the same crew, I think we are doing some meat fishing though may give the tarpon a try for an hour or two.  2 for 3

Capt. Rick Stanczyk