7/21/19 Late July Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada

Back on the water after a couple days off. Had Kim and Rosie visiting from Australia. We had a variety of bait and tried to catch a bit more. Winds were still blustery out of the southeast. Bait was a little difficult but we were able to get a few fresh ones. We made a long run up the coast as I had some good report on fish up there, but unfortunately we didn’t see much for tarpon life. We tried several spots hoping for some snooks and reds, but not a whole lot of cooperation aside from catfish! We did catch a couple though and Rosie got a black drum too. We made our way back to some of the areas where id found tarpon last week. No bites in the first stop but we did get a few sharks including a hammerhead. Next stop we did see some signs of tarpon. We did some moving around and managed to get Rosie a nice 40 lb tarpon. We had some more shark action. Really had to work at the tarpon though to get a response. I gave it an extra half hour since we got a little bit of a late start, and Rosie did end up jumping a couple more tarpon unfortunately they didn’t stay on the hook for us. Anyways definitely a bit of a struggle today for us but any day you land a tarpon is a good one in my book!  1 for 3

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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