3/5/19 March Monster Tarpon in the Florida Keys

Another day on 🔥 🔥 🔥 for Curtis, Mike, and Connie. They wanted tarpon and we were suppose to fish tomorrow, but with an impending cold front tonight I thought it might be tough duty. Luckily I had today open and we switched days, as today was nice and calm, ideal tarpon condition. We found some fish early and Connie and Mike each caught a nice one. Connie’s was about an 85 lber, and Mike’s was a good 140… Big fat girthy fish! After that we kept moving and found some more tarpon on the incoming tide. Curtis was up and we didn’t get anything on the first stop, but after a move we got lined up right and within 5 minutes he hooked a slob 175 lber! He fought her well and we got her to the boat within 20 minutes. Just a beast of a fish my biggest yet this year. We caught a few tripletails after that. Then Curtis asked about snook. I said we could give it a try I had a few live shrimp. To be honest I thought we may get lucky and catch a little one or too, but we ended up finding a couple hoss fish! He bagged two one 33 incher and one 34, a good 14 and 15 lbs or so. What a way to end the day! Headed on home after that. Winds are gonna kick tonight and it’s suppose to drop to 60 the next couple nights. I’m off tomorrow and then suppose to fish Thursday, and then a couple more off days. Rarely does it work out so perfectly that I avoid the bad condition days normally my days off I wanna be out there! Anyways, might be slow fishing in the backcountry the next couple days definitely a time to listen to your guides recommendation… but hopefully after the weekend things will warm back up and maybe the tarpon will be happier again.  3 for 3

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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