5/13/18 Half Day Islamorada Tarpon Fishing

Got out with Terry today for a half day trip.  The weather didn’t look great some big showers around.  But we ventured out anyhow.  Caught some bait early and went around the bridges.  Found a bunch of fish, but surprisingly they weren’t very interested in feeding.  We had a couple blow ups on our baits in the first hour, but no actual bite, and they didn’t come back after the first attempt.  Very strange!  It looked just perfect… overcast, nice incoming tide, and fresh bait, you can’t really ask for anything more.  Anyways the rain started to pour and we moved around.  The fish seemed to spread out and we found them closer to the bridge.  After another move we had a few rolling behind us and finally got one up boiling on a bait.  Finally he ate and Terry was hooked up to a nice 60 lb tarpon!  He put up a good fight with some nice jumps, took us through the bridge and into the bay.  We landed him and got some release photos.  Great fish and was glad to get one.  A few other boats shows up but I didn’t see anyone else hook up.  Just hard to beleive I’m not sure why the fish are so tough to get to bite as of late.  Anyhow after that we went and caught a few snappers by the bridge for lunch and headed on home.  Terry was thrilled to land a silver king!  1 for 1

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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