5/13/19 May Florida Keys Tarpon Fishing Report

Back after the tarpon today again.  Conditions and fishing have gotten a little tougher, we had it pretty easy for a long time but starting to get that mid season time when things get hard sometimes.  Winds are not very favorable especially for the backcountry, wanting to stay more south/southwesterly, but that shouldn’t last long looks by the weekend should go back predominately east.  Bait seems to have really dried up hard to find many mullet currently.  Everything I think has gone out to spawn but hopefully they’ll be back in a day or two.  There are some around but not nearly as easy as it had been.  We caught a few early in the morning and then some more on our way out to the tarpon areas in the backcountry.  We saw a few tarpon early to start, got set up and after a little bit we hooked one.  Herman landed a nice 40 lber we got to the boat for pictures.  We had another bite a little later that we missed unfortunatley and jumped off.  After that we got a few sharks.  The tarpon seemed to had shut off so we checked a few other areas.  Didn’t see a whole lot, we gave it a shot in one area for a while and did catch a few more blacktips and a nice little hammerhead.  We switched gears after that and found a good school of redfish, had fun with them though sharks got in there and got a couple of ’em.  We then decided to run and try some channels near home for tarpon again, saw one roll as we approached and set up.  Didn’t get a bite but we did catch a big old sting ray.  Called it a day after that.  Back after them for the next few days hopefully we can keep on the fish!  1 for 2

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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