3/9/18 + 3/10/18 Major cold front in March in the Florida Keys

Well we are getting all of our february weather here now in early march!  We’ve had a couple late cold fronts hit us right in a row, with another one coming in on Tuesday for several nights to drop us back into the 50s!  The last front a couple nights ago did the same thing and water temperatures dropped down to the low 60s, really stifling the tarpon bite.  We mixed it up the last couple days and went back to full on ‘winter time’ mode, fishing in the deeper everglades creeks and canals with our shrimp and jigs.  We actually got lucky and caught a baby tarpon both days, one a little 10 lber and then the next day a 30 lber.  Fishing was not red hot though we were lucky to get each of those as both my anglers wanted a tarpon.  Other then that we caught a good load of trout both days, the first day we also got a snook and a handful of black drum, the second day we caught another 5 snook or so.  Definitely was crowded back there on the saturday with the weather as it was.  Today on Sunday I have a half day and will not likely be tarpon fishing as the water temperatures are still low… it might be possible as now the winds have swung around and it will warm up slightly before the next front.  But I know my anglers are more into action and conditions won’t really be great, but at least I’d say there would be a shot.  Anyways with the next front coming in and it staying in the 50s for a couple nights, looks like this week will be slow again on the tarpon front.  Maybe by the weekend if we get back to 80 degree weather it will pick up again.  But honestly it’s a good needed break as we were hitting them hard all of February and we don’t want to put them down for later in the season!  1 for 1 and 1 for 1

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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