4/13/18 Tarpon Fishing Full Day Charter in April Florida Keys

Got out with Matt, Mike, and Kevin today for a full day charter fishing for tarpon.  We left early and hit the backcountry areas.  Found a decent amount of fish in same area as yesterday.  They didn’t seem super happy though.  We had to put some time in but eventually got one to bite.  A nice 60 lber for Matt!  We landed him and got back to it.  Hooked a big sawfish (i think) that broke us off, and got a nurse shark too.  After that the tide quit.  Things seemed to slow down and we made a move to another channel.  A few more tarpon here.  I was saying how the little sharks weren’t too bad today thankfully, but I spoke to soon as they started to show up!  We caught a few of them and then had another tarpon bite!  We missed this one though, looked like a little guy that just spit the bait straight away.  I talked to a buddy of mine who said he was in a good tarpon bite, we moved over near him as he was leaving soon.  Watched him catch one and he left and gave us some bait.  But it was all over but the shouting just sharks for us there!  Some times you just have to be in the right place at the right time.  We tried to catch a little more bait with limited success, and tried another channel.  We had a few more shark bites and then Kevin got a nice cobia which was a welcome treat.  Finished up after that, tough for the tarpon for us but at least we got 1!  Looks like tomorrow will be a decent day and then Sunday really looks like crap – 70% chance of rain and 25 mph out of the south – ugh!  May be a good one to skip we will see how it looks.  Back at it tomorrow!  1 for 2

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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