3/1/18 March Tarpon Fishing Report in Islamorada

Got out for a full day with Frank and Dave, return customers of mine.  They also had some buddies fishing with fellow Capt. Jeff Beeler.  We stuck together for our day today and decided to go after some tarpon.  We caught bait early on, the bait was nice and easy considering how calm it was.  Loaded up and headed back to where we went yesterday.  A good ride close to 2 hours, but it was worth it again!  We found the tarpon all over there.  Fishing was a little better today actually, we didn’t have to move around and we ended up getting 4 tarpon bites.  Almost had a double header but Daves got off the hook after it bit right away!  But the boys each landed a 50 lb tarpon, and then Frank had another 80 or 90 lber that we got to the boat several times, but we broke him off on the leader trying to get him to jump for good footage, but a good release none the less.  We also caught a few sharks including a couple larger blacktips which was cool.  Not quite as many as yesterday either.  Anyways by 10:15 or so, it seemed to dry up and we didn’t see any tarpon around any longer.  We drove around for 20 minutes looking, but just not much happening.  Glad we got there when we did, we had a good 1.5 hour window that made for a fantastic day!  We finished up in the bay catching a few trout and snappers, it got rough again so too rough to look for tripletail.  Looks like we have a front coming in starting tomorrow.  It’s suppose to blow west but very light in the morning, so those fish may stick around for part of the day.  We have the same group tomorrow, and they wanna try it again, so we will likely go for it.  Fingers crossed they stay there!  But the tarpon bite will likely slow down over the weekend with temperatures dropping into the low 60s for several nights.  3 for 4

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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