3/28/18 March Tarpon Fishing Florida Keys and Everglades

Got out with Easton and Jake today for a full day of tarpon fishing.  Borrowed my dads skiff to get her done since my boat was still being worked on, but thankfully I got it back already this afternoon ready to roll for tomorrow!  We caught bait early on but not a lot, so I had to catch a little more on the way out which worked out.  Winds were still cranking but slightly less then yesterday and definitely fishable.  We had good shark activity early on but no tarpon bites in the first stop for an hour.  We moved a bit and then had a few more sharks and sting rays, then Easton jumped a nice tarpon!  We moved around again after that as things seemed to slow down and Jake caught a tarpon in that spot… about a 50 lber good fish.  We then had more shark action with some blacktips and a bull shark.  Jake put his rod in the rod holder to film Easton on a shark and of course then we had another tarpon bite!  The fish stayed on for a minute and we reeled him into the boat quickly on the wind-on leader for a technical catch, but he unfortunately threw the hook on a jump as it just wasn’t in there very good.  That always happens as soon as you put the rod down that’s when the bite is going to come!  Oh well at least we got one up to the boat for pictures and a technical catch on another.  We tried for a snook on the way home but no dice there.  Back at it tomorrow and back on my boat very glad it was fixed so quickly.  Winds should be coming down a little more and by the weekend it looks like a nice stretch for a while so the tarpon fishing should be game on then!  2 for 3

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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