6/5/17 June Tarpon Fishing Islamorada

Got out with Mike and his son and daughter, Mike and Jill, today for a full day.  Tarpon was a request so we focused on that most of the day.  I checked a few spots early while waiting on the tide to change but didn’t see a whole lot.  I ran to where we’d been having luck the last few days to give it a whirl.  Once the tide got moving, the sharks got active.  Blacktips, bonnetheads, and some big lemons!  Didn’t have a tarpon bite early on though.  I moved once and caught a big blacktip, but still no tarpon.  Did see a few fish rolling here and there though not often.  On the 3rd move we got on them, and had a flurry of action that lasted about 10 minutes.  We jumped off one small fish right away.  Then about 5 minutes later we hooked one that we got up to the wind-on leader, about 15 feet from the boat, though he jumped and threw the hook there.  A technical release since we had the leader.  The third bite came about 5 minutes after that.  Jill got a nice little tarpon about a 25 lber.  He jumped and went crazy several times, but we got him to the boat and up for a few pictures before releasing him.  After that things slowed down for tarpon.  We caught a few more sharks, and tried some different channels, but no luck.  We finished the day catching a few trout and ladyfish.  2 for 3

Capt. Rick Stanczyk