5/24/17 May Half Day Islamorada Tarpon Fishing

Got out with Frank and his son Colby today for Colbys graduation present tarpon trip!  Conditions didn’t look great but not terrible, breezy out of the southwest not a wind direction I like.  The sargasm weed was pretty bad so made fishing live baits tough.  We caught some bait early and set out around 6:30.  Not much action the first few stops aside from a few bonnet heads.  I did mark several fish on our 3rd stop, and we gave it a good hour or so there.  I was surprise we didn’t get a bite because the fish were definitely hanging out in the area.  After that we checked some oceanside areas and got lucky and found some hungry ones.  We set up and within 15 minutes we had a nice 65 lb fish on for Colby!  It gave us some great jumps, and we got him on the leader but unfortunately he popped off before we could get him up for boatside pictures, but a landed fish none the less.  After that it was time to head on home.  Glad to have gotten one!  Tomorrow looks like it’ll be fairly nasty with high winds and lots of rain possible… not sure if we will make it out but will see what it looks like in the AM.  I’m out of town until next week after that, get back to the grind on Tuesday, hopefully the conditions stay nice as it’s suppose to be a very nice weekend after tomorrow!  1 for 1

Capt. Rick Stanczyk