6/22/18 June Tarpon Fishing Islamorada

Got out with Dave, Jack, and Wally for a full day of tarpon fishing.  They were down from NJ father, son, and grandfather – 3 generations of fishermen!  Tarpon were the target.  I told the boys we had a decent day yesterday the west wind didn’t shut the fish down so I figured today may be OK too.  We caught some bait on the way and made a go of it.  Fishing was very good first cast Dave got a big old snook, and a little later Jack got an even bigger one!  Then we proceeded to catch 7 tarpon out of 11 bites!  It was just crazy multiple fish for everybody on board.  The guys did a fantastic job listening and fighting the fish the proper way so we had a pretty good catch ratio.  The bite lasted really the whole time we were there though at the end the big sharks moved in.  We caught some big blacktips, lemon sharks, and sting rays too.  Just incredible not going more than 5 minutes without a bite!  Back at it tomorrow hopefully this lasts a bit longer!  7 for 11

P.S. Tarpon under 40 inches may be lifted out of the water for a quick picture we try to be very careful and not drop them and release them quickly afterwards.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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