7/21/18 July Fishing for Tarpon in the Florida Keys

Got out with Wes, Derek, and Hagen today for a full day tarpon trip.  We had a two boat trip but unfortunately the other captain had a health issue but luckily was able to round up somebody else short notice.  Though they did some other stuff with the other group.  We headed out early and looked for tarpon in the area I’d been fishing the last few days.  Yesterday it seemed to slow down a little there, today it really was dead.  Also had a little more of a southwesterly wind not my favorite.  There were a handful of fish, but small packs that were zipping around very fast and just not really able to line up on them.  We fished for a bit and looked for a while longer all through there and didn’t see a whole lot.  Tried the other channel nearby too just blind fishing but no love aside from a few sharks.  We then ran towards some other areas and did run over a tarpon rolling.  I stopped and we looked around and we were all of a sudden in a pack of them.  We set up and ended up with a good rally of fish, landing 3 and then jumping off a couple others!  After that though about 30 minutes later, it was done with they moved on.  But a good little action packed rally.  We headed to flamingo where my buddy had seen some and had caught a couple.  We didn’t see much though eventually a few popped up, we had to give it some time but eventually got a bite and caught another 50 lb tarpon.  After that they were pretty much done with.  We caught a couple tripletails and some more sharks, didn’t see many tarpon we did fish another channel but not much there after that.  Back at it tomorrow.  4 for 6

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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