3/31/19 End of March Tarpon Fishing Report from Islamorada

Back at it today the weather got nice and calm and things were looking spring like again! We tried a spot early for permit for Clive and Keith as that was on their list. No luck with that but we did catch several trout and jack crevelle. After that we went looking for tarpon. I was off the last couple days but after a cold front I know I had heard they’d slowed down a little bit. But today the water temps were back in the mid 70s and they were around. We had to work at it a bit but eventually they started firing for us. Keith jumped one nice fish and then we caught a few sharks. After another move, Clive hooked up and caught a nice 50 lber. We then found a hungry pack, and the boys hooked a double header of 100+ lb fish! We were stuck in between two big ones heading different directions, we had to chase one for a while down to the wind on leader, then go back after the other one as he had as down to our last 50 or so feet of line! We got back closer to that one, but unfortunately ended up pulling the hook on the other fish. So no double header picture! But we properly landed the other fish and got some pictures. After that the boys were whooped, so we focused on smaller stuff. Caught a few triple tails afterwards. We decided to look for some permit again the last hour but didnt see much out in the gulf. We did find a bunch of spanish mackerels though and had plenty of fun with them just throwing bare jigs, with some more jacks mixed in too. Also ran over a big ball of schooled up tarpon which was cool to see, I hoped it was our school of permit from a distance but oh well awesome to see anyways. We then made our way back to Islamorada. Back at it tomorrow looks like it’ll be another nice calm day.  3 for 4

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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