5/27/19 May Backcountry Tarpon Fishing Report

Got out with Carl and his wife today visiting from across the pond!  We decided to go the mixed bag route again, as I told them tarpon had been a little more hit and miss lately so its been a better bet often going in the everglades where there are several other options nearby.  We tried tarpon early, saw a handful but not bites.  Did get a few big nurse sharks though.  After that we moved and found a group of tarpon out in the middle of nowhere.  They weren’t showing much but with some good old school captain knowledge, I saw the signs I was looking for.  We got in a big pack of them and caught several sharks right away, but after that we finally hooked up a nice 25 lb tarpon that we landed.  We jumped one more too and then they were gone!  We decided to try some wrecks a little further out in the gulf.  It was good we got a big snook, a cobia, big jack crevelle, and missed a few other fish.  We went inshore and smacked up a bunch of redfish and a small snook after that.  Then hit the wrecks again on the tide change and caught a nice permit and 3 more cobia!  Banner day!  1 for 2

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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