5/25/17 Half Day Florida Keys Tarpon Fishing Trip

Got out with JR and Butch today we were scheduled all day but the 25 mph winds and such didn’t make it seem worth staying the whole time.  I was also somewhat limited on bait, I’d rather fish hard for 4 hours then try and have to drag it out with the same amount of bait for 8 hours in this situation.  We found a bunch of tarpon where we had caught one yesterday but they didn’t respond for us.  We caught a few random bottom oddities including jacks, mutton snapper, and bonnethead sharks.  After a couple hours we saw a couple other boats in the area catch a fish, but most did not and there were another 3 or 4 boats.  Anyways after a while I couldn’t take it much longer and had quit seeing fish rolling or marking on the bottom, so we went into the backside channels.  I had marked fish in their yesterday though they didn’t bite, but today we fooled one!  Butch hooked a monster fish over 100 lbs, he almost spooled us but we kept up with him.  We got him on the leader several times, but unfortunately I could tell it was one of those fish that wasn’t going to roll over easily.  We tightened up and started putting a lot of pressure on him, but he went under the boat and in the wind and swells it was too much to get out and around the boat quickly.  So anyways a technical catch with the fish on the leader but no boatside pictures.  Was happy to get one!  Now I’m out of town for a few days, looks to be nice weather over the memorial day weekend.  If you can get away from the crazy’s you might have good fishing!  I’ll be back at it tuesday.  1 for 1

Capt. Rick Stanczyk