2/26/19 February Full Day Fishing for Florida Keys Tarpon

Got out with Scott today for a full day.  We caught bait early, had to look around a little but found ’em eventually.  Loaded up the wells and headed to the backcountry.  We stopped to catch a few redfish and small snook first.  Then hit the tarpon grounds.  Lots of fish jumping around again same area as yesterday.  Today however the winds were cranking hard east.  But it looked like it would be decent fishing.  The tarpon did not want to play today however.  We moved around several times and just couldn’t get a response out of them.  We did catch a few sharks.  After a couple hours, I told Scott we could stick it out, or run a little further back to an area I was pretty sure we could bend the rods out.  He said let’s catch some fish, so we did just that.  Ended the day with a bunch of redfish, a few small snook, some nice sea trout, and a 35 lb goliath grouper on light tackle.  Anyways right now life is nice as days like today when the tarpon don’t respond, often times we have that ace in the back pocket to play.  Not that it’s there every day, but often times it is as the backcountry fishing is still just really good and consistent for the most part.  Back at it tomorrow.  0 for 0

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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