3/13/19 March Fishing for Tarpon in Islamorada Florida

Got out with return customers Robert and his son Mark today.  They follow me online and knew the tarpon fishing had been decent.  So we decided to focus on that for the beginning of the day.  Conditions had deteriorated however, with a strong 20-25mph wind out of the east – more typical March type weather as we’ve been spoiled by the calm days the last couple weeks.  Anyways that was also coupled with a very weak tidal cycle, so we had nearly 2 hours of no moving water which is never a good thing for trying to catch tarpon.  Anyways we stuck it out, sharks kept us somewhat busy.  Tarpon were around too, so we had hope.  Just hard to get lined up on them, as soon as we stopped it kind of felt like they were going away from us.  We moved 5 or 6 times, and eventually Mark hooked up a nice 85 lber that we landed, so it was all smiles.  The boys wanted some dinner after that, so we hit a nice trout spot.  Very good trout fishing with some nice 25 inch fish mixed in too… great to see.  We decided to try for a snook the last hour of the day, found a handful catching about a half dozen, and a redfish and big snapper to add to the cooler.  All in all not a bad day, just not quite as good as it has been but that good stretch of weather as I said had us spoiled.  Looks like tomorrow will be more of the same… very windy.  But Friday through the weekend it looks like it will be nice again.  I won’t be fishing, but I’ll be back at it sunday after that.  Unfortunately next week as of now, looks like a crazy hard blow out of the north on Tuesday, probably a cold front, and then strong northerly winds after that for a few days.  Back at it tomorrow.  1 for 1

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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