9/26/2020 End of September tarpon fishing in the Florida Keys

Got out with Carl and Jeff today for a quick 3/4 day trip.  We blacked out the cooler with nice mullet yesterday… nice thing this time of year I’m not fishing every day, so I often try to catch bait on my days off so I’m well prepared.  The fall bait run has started and at least this week there have been plenty of mullet around so that has been easy.  We looked in a few spots early for tarpon and actually didn’t see a whole lot.  So we went snook fishing for an hour and crushed the snook catching about 3 dozen or so.  Then we went looking for more tarpon and checked another area I hadn’t fished in the last few weeks for them but was good earlier this month.  Sure enough there were some fish there, we set up and after about 20 minutes or so, Carl was hooked up to a nice 50 lb tarpon.  After that the boys were getting a little hungry we fished another 20 minutes but we headed back in about 30 minutes early.  Probably could’ve scratched another bite out of we really wanted to but they were plenty happy.  Anyways October is right around the corner and can still be a great month for tarpon.  I’ve got some open days throughout the month but I will say it’s filling in fairly quickly.  It’s truly one of my favorite months of the year to fish as fall isn’t quite so busy and with the bait runs and weather changes, it’s often very productive.  Give me a shout if you are interested in going out!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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