5/1/19 May Islamorada Tarpon Fishing Report

Last day with John and Jan. Winds were howling a good 25 mph today mostly out of the east. Made for some blustery conditions out there. We decided to stay somewhat closer to home. We gave tarpon a whirl early on. Very tough conditions to fish, plus the sargasm weed was intense to say the last. Almost every bait you put out you were throwing it into patches of weed, so just a lot of clearing baits and not much clean fishing time for them. But we powered through and eventually got a few bites. Some sharks but then we jumped a tarpon! Soon after that a few more sharks, then finally John got hooked up on a nice 100 lb tarpon that we chased. A rough battle in choppy seas, but we got the fish boatside several times but he eventually went through the leader. Would’ve been tough to try to do much more with the fish with the rough conditions so we were happy with that, and got a few good jumping shots at least. After that we decided to leave the tarpon alone and went snapper fishing. Got our limit of nice snappers on cut bait and called it a day. Not too shabby and looks like it’ll be nicer for a while at least from what I see the next week they aren’t calling for more than 15 mph winds. Should be good for fishing. Back at it tomorrow they are saying we may get a little rain from this early tropical system thats developing, but I don’t think it’ll be too bad.  1 for 2

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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