8/24/18 August Florida Keys Tarpon Charter

Today was nice and calm again and the last calm day we look to have for a little while, as it’s forecast to be blowing ~15 mph for the next 10 days or so.  That may make the fishing a little more difficult at least for what I like to do, so figured I’d get out and enjoy today while it was nice.  Our family friend Ron Modra is in town so I took him and my dad since I had the day off.  We headed out early and caught some bait first thing.  Got one good shot on the bait but then it was tough after that.  We looked in a few areas and there was lots of bait but way up shallow where we couldn’t really get ’em.  But we had enough to fish with.  We saw a few tarpon early on on the falling tide but not nearly as many as we saw a couple days ago when the tide was coming in.  Small little handfuls of fish darting around and they weren’t staying put so it was tough to get lined up right.  We tried and caught a few sharks.  The tide quit after an hour and a half and then started to come in.  We saw a few more tarpon now and eventually Ron got a nice 45 lber!  After that we looked around and tried to get more bait but still very tough for them.  Then we got into a big school of tarpon again.  We jumped another one off, and then they kind of disappeared again.  We moved around a little and found them again, then we jumped one more bigger fish off, and then finally finished up with another 50 lb tarpon.  The last stop we definitely were thick in the tarpon and were seeing what we saw a couple days ago.  Seems they really were coming in with the hard incoming tide.  Anyways always nice to catch a couple, I’m off tomorrow but fishing Sunday and then pretty open next week.  Like I said it’ll be a little windy but not too crazy, at least it won’t be boiling hot.  If you are wanting to get out fishing give me a shout and we can give it a try!  2 for 4

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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