6/2/19 June Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada

Got out with Ryan, Jen, Brody, and Hailey for a full day today.  We only tarpon fished for the first hour or so.  Had a little bit of leftover bait, and we spent about 45 minutes trying to catch some more in the backcountry.  Very tough to get ’em though, we did manage to catch a handful of baits, but looked in 3 different spots and didn’t see much.  We tarpon fished where we had found some fish last week but didn’t see a whole lot of them there either.  A few jumped off in the distance, we moved a few times trying to get lined up, but didn’t really feel like we were in ’em and I never saw any roll nearby.  We did get a few sharks though.  We went to Plan B and had a great day catching a good number of snook and redfish, and finished the day off with a whopper 18 lb snook and about an 18 lb permit!  That’s always nice about the backcountry this time of year is the other options.  0 for 0

Tarpon fishing for the time being is pretty hit or miss.  There are more fish around the local bridges or channels, however they aren’t often biting great during the days, and there aren’t a whole lot of other options nearby.  Baits been a little tougher too lately, so that leads to a tough combination.  As we get later into June however, the summer time pattern should set in and we should get a lot of the resident male tarpon back in many areas and they are usually hungry after all the spawning business, and the bait should get a lot easier too.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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