4/9/17 April Islamorada Tarpon Fishing in the Everglades

Got out with Chester and Reuben today again.  We gave it a shot in the backcountry today after having spent all yesterday around town.  It was nice and calm in the morning, light breeze out of the north, but kicked up pretty good mid day out of the east on the way home.  The water was still pretty chilly, in the low 70s, so I figured it may not be great fishing but we gave it a solid effort.  We caught some snappers in the morning for dinner and that was good, then tried for tarpon.  We didn’t see much way off the mainland areas… I looked in several spots and finally just happened to mark something, wasn’t sure if it was a tarpon or not, on my bottom machine.  After 20 minutes or so Chester hooked and landed a nice 40-50 lb tarpon, so maybe it was what we saw!  We never had another bite, not even a shark there.  We tried a couple other areas, but not much else was going on, we caught a couple blacktip sharks and a stingray.  Anyways all in all it wasn’t too bad, always a good day when you get a tarpon, and some other stuff too.  I had heard the fishing around town today was pretty slow, so glad we made the run.  Hopefully things get better it should slowly be warming up though the wind is going to be howling so it might take a little while.  1 for 1

Capt. Rick Stanczyk