5/4/18 Florida Keys May Tarpon Fishing

Last day with Stepan Polymers group today.  We decided to mix it up a bit and didn’t focus too much on tarpon specifically.  Caught some smaller fish to start the day with trout and ladyfish which was fun.  Checked a few channels for tarpon out back but didn’t see any signs of life of them.  Winds let up slightly from the previous days so we ran further.  I looked around in some other areas, saw a couple roll but didn’t seem like a ton.  But figured we’d have good shark action which we did.  Caught a few blacktips and then we tried some snook fishing.  Got one nice big snook on an artificial and then the winds started howling.  We tried some areas inside one of the big canals looking for tarpon.  Found a few in there too but no bites early on.  We caught some little finger mullets though and then decided to try for snook which we caught a few more.  While doing that we got a nice little 25 lb tarpon!  Fun final day with these guys, looks like the winds are suppose to let up somewhat now, no more blowing 30 mph which will be very nice!  This weekend though we are getting some tropical weather so rain is likely, may shorten our days but we’ll see.  Then hopefully some calmer weather next week and we can maybe start more of our summer time fishing!  1 for 1

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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