8/22/19 August Tarpon Report for Islamorada

Got out with Peter visiting from Australia today for a 3/4 day.  It was a little wet to start but once we got into the backcountry we never had another drop.  Bait was fairly easy so we loaded up.  We found tarpon where we first stopped, had a good bite right away that we missed and then the sharks moved in.  The tarpon seemed to thin out quick, and after 30 miuntes we made a move.  Found more tarpon in spot 2, where I’d been seeing them most regularly lately.  Unfortunatley they were kind of hard to line up on, just kept moving around and as soon as you’d stop, they would seem to be somewhere else.  We fished hard, caught a couple big jacks and some sharks, and finally jumped 1 more tarpon off.  After that the tide started to quit.  We moved again and saw 1 fish roll but with slack tide no response.  So we ran back to where we first started as the tide would be falling there now.  Saw more tarpon there, but again hard to line up on.  We moved 3 or 4 times, and the sharks were pretty thick and didn’t get another tarpon strike.  Anyways we gave it a good effort and had a couple shots just couldn’t keep ’em on the hook.  At least there were a good amount of fish to see, could definitely get better and September may be good – who knows!  Back at it tomorrow.   0 for 2

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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