3/31/18 Last of March Tarpon Fishing Islamorada

Got out with Russell and his son Max for a full day of florida keys tarpon fishing.  Winds slicked out and I knew it was going to be good…  We headed out into the backcountry with a load of bait.  Found a ton of tarpon in the first stop – great sign!  We had falling tide and we set up.  Max had the hot stick he ended up catching three tarpon and jumped another one!  Dad had one bite but he missed it.  We caught a couple sharks as well.  As the tide slowed and the bite died down some, we decided to check another area.  I was interested to look where we had found our fish yesterday afternoon.  We headed there and the tide was just starting to change.  But the tarpon were there!  They weren’t quite as happy as yesterday we had to really put some time in and move around, but we had good shark action with some big blacktips and lemon sharks.  Russell jumped a nice tarpon eventually.  Then after a couple more moves and just about our last bait out, we hooked a big lemon that Max was fighting.  While we fought that, Russell hooked a nice 90 lb tarpon!  He stayed on the hook this time and we landed both fish.  Russell was thrilled to land his first tarpon.  Great fishing and looks like the weather will stay nice throughout most of the week, so I think the next few days will be really good for tarpon.  Back at it tommorrow.  4 for 7

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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