12/14/17 Winter time tarpon fishing in Islamorada

Got out with Pam and Lars today for a full day of backcountry fishing in Islamorada.  We weren’t really planning on tarpon as it was COLD… water temperatures were in the low 60s and a major front had come in a few days ago.  I did not expect tarpon action at all.  But we were planning on crushing the snooks, reds, and drums (which we did!).  However some tarpon did start rolling in the area and I had the anglers cast in that direction and slowly work their shrimp and let it drop in front of them.  They each ended up catching one – wow what a surprise!  Was great too because that completed a backcountry SLAM of snook, redfish, and tarpon for both anglers.  You never know what will happen on an islamorada fishing charter in December or any month of the year for that matter!  Things will slowly warm up the next few days and don’t know when the next cold front will be, but I expect we will get some more in the next month or two.  Tarpon fishing is usually spotty through January but if conditions get right, it can definitely be possible.  Or even if they aren’t right you may get lucky like we did today!  2 for 2

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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