5/19/18 May Backcountry Fishing for tarpon in the Everglades

Got out with Ben and his dad Joe again for Day 2.  Lots of weather around in the AM but nothing in the bay or near where we were going.  But I figured we might get drenched at some point so we were prepared.  Got a good early start and got back there early.  Tons of fish.  They didn’t bite quite as well as you would’ve thought but overall still pretty good.  After 30 minutes or so we hooked one for Ben, then while fighting it Joe hooked one – double header!  We landed both fish and it was exciting!  After that we got a shark and then moved around a bit as we didn’t get much other tarpon action but still plenty of fish around.  We jumped one off at the next stop, and then moved again one other time and Joe got another one.  We also got a hammerhead shark and a big blacktip.  After that it looked like some rain was coming, we got a little drizzle but nothing too bad the major cell missed us.  But the tarpon seemed to dissappear.  We moved around and found a few closer into shore, but nothing like what we saw earlier.  Eventually we moved back out as we saw some more fish outside of us after an hour or so, and then eventually the whole slug of fish was back!   We worked at it and got one more tarpon as well as a big lemon shark.  After that we were running low on bait but we had some time left we had plenty of fish around but no more bites.  But overall great day again!  4 for 5

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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