5/16/19 May Tarpon Charter Fishing in the Keys

Great day for Dean visiting down from NJ! Weather looked iffy to start, we were gonna leave early but waited until near 7 and then things started to clear out. We made it to the Backcountry and found some tarpon early on. After a couple sharks and a ray to start, Dean hooked s nice 20 lb tarpon! Small enough to lift up for a nice picture, fish under 40 inches you are allowed to (carefully). We release the fish healthily as ever. A little later we hooked a 40.lber too and Dean landed that one as well. A few more sharks and the tide slowed down. We decided to run around and check more ground, didn’t see much. We did catch a few small things, Jack’s and trout. We ran back to where we started but didn’t see much for tarpon life and the storms started to build again. Decided not to push our luck and headed back near Islamorada. We got lucky and hooked a big fish here, a good 100.lber! Dean fought her well and we rolled her over within 15 minutes. Got a nice boatside picture and decided to call it a day after that. Nice to have the fish cooperating a bit. I’m off the next two days time for service on the new boat and to move a few things around. Back at it Sunday!  3 for 3

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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