5/18/18 May Backcountry Fishing Trip for Tarpon Florida

Got out with Ben and his dad Joe today for a full day tarpon fishing charter in Islamorada.  We headed deep into the ‘glades as I had a load of bait ready to roll.  It was nice and calm with a light southeasterly breeze.  We found a big load of tarpon where they were the last time I was there, but this time we got their a good 45 minutes earlier.  This move paid off as the bite often is done with by 9:30/10:00.  We got on them early and Ben caught a nice 40 lber to start the day.  Then it was dads turn he got two fish in the 30-45 lb range, and then capped it off with a nice 90 lber!  Ben also jumped one more fish that we missed.  After that it was about 9:45 and the tarpon just dissappeared!  It’s funny how quickly they can leave but they did.  After that we checked a few spots on the way home, saw tarpon in a couple of them but no love for us.  We tried around some channels as well but didn’t see any signs of tarpon.  So we tried to catch a few trout to end the day, caught one but then the catfish tore us up!  Anyways great day we got four tarpon, hopefully tomorrow is similar as I have these boys again.  4 for 5

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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