10/19/18 October Florida Keys Tarpon Fishing

Got out with Jay, Jim, and Andrew today for a full day.  Had the last week or so off, welcoming my baby boy Beau into the world!  He was born Tuesday and everyone was healthy and happy thankfully.  Was good to get out on the water after a few sleepless nights, and have some days off again coming up to spend some time with him at home.  We decided to leave later as the winds were cranking and the boys wanted more of a mixed bag trip instead of trying to focus on tarpon all day.  I said it’d probably be a good idea and we’d still have a shot at catching some smaller tarpon.  Anyways fishing was very good, we had a bunch of snook, a few redfish, a few trout, a nice triple tail, a sheepshead, and finished the day with a nice 15 lb juvenile tarpon!  We didn’t really put much effort into targeting them but of course when snook fishing with our live baits, this time of year there are plenty of small tarpon in those same areas so if you fish your baits the right away you can encourage a strike here and there.  Anyways we finally got one at the end of the day, unfortunately we got the fish to the boat but he pulled the hook before we could get a good picture.  I have these guys again on Sunday and it looks like it will be getting slick calm before a minor cold front hits.  So we may decide to focus on the tarpon that day as that is the condition we like.  Will keep everyone posted and if you are wanting to fish give me a shout, still have a couple weeks where tarpon are definitely possible and like I said the snook and other stuff are pretty good now too and you have shots at the smaller ones when doing that too.  1 for 1

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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