5/8/18 May Fishing for Tarpon in the Florida Keys

Day 2 with Ronald we were after tarpon again.  Yesterday we struck out we had one shot all day and we missed it unfortunately.  Today we left early and I obtained some bait yesterday afternoon, but we also came across a good school of bait on the way out and made some throws on that as well.  We ran for the deep ‘glades hoping for glory, but we got there after almost a two hour run and… nothing!  Did not see the schools of tarpon that were there a couple days ago.  We looked around hard, fished a bit, but no love.  We had to backtrack then and I was feeling the pressure.  But we got lucky and found a load of fish in one of the canals!  Usually these guys are fairly hard to get to bite, but there were just sooo many that I figured we’d just put the time in and see what happened.  Plus we didn’t see many anywhere else yesterday in the backcountry.  Not much action at first with the last of the incoming tide.  But we moved around and found a big school in another area.  I was almost about to start trying to catch some smaller baitfish that may of worked better for them, but they weren’t catchable yet, so we waited.  Once the tide started falling we got bit!  We got one to the boat that didn’t stay on for pictures, then missed another.  Then we caught one that was good for pictures!  Not huge guys but both 20-30 lbers.  We then went to another area and got another 20 lber, and had one eat a live mullet but didn’t get the hooks in him.  Anyways what a great flurry of action and awesome landing three tarpon after a couple days where fishing was very tough!  3 for 5

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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