***The Keys are officially reopened. Tarpon fishing specifically had been a little tough early July, but as of today (the 14th) it really picked up and I’m hoping these fish will stick around for a while! August can still be good the possibility is there, but a little more hit & miss. Same with September – but last year we had some very good fishing for other stuff in September (big snook, redfish, etc…) I’m all booked up through the rest of July but don’t be afraid to ask I’ve had some cancellations due to COVID here and there short notice… but mid August through September is fairly wide open***
***Sunday 7/26/2020 just opened up if anyone is wanting to fish***
IMPORTANT: All anglers starting Jan 10th, 2019 will be required to have an Everglades Visitors Pass when fishing in the park. You can obtain one via internet/phone at http://www.yourpassnow.com and select Everglades National Park. Most of my fishing is inside the park, so check with me but more than likely you will need one. You can also buy an annual/lifetime pass at store.usgs.gov. However if we are tarpon fishing locally around bridges it will not be necessary – though I am not doing this so much these days. Just check with me beforehand.
We had great tarpon fishing the last couple days… figures now I have to go out of town! But I think this could mean good things for August. As these fish seemed settled in and were in the same area on different tides, several days in a row. So August can still be good for tarpon most years it’s a little more hit & miss than July, but this year July was hit & miss and one thing I know from years past, it usually gets good and stable at some point in the summer so that may be yet to come. I am booked a bit when I get back but mid august I have plenty of availability.
Got out the last couple of days and I’m going out of town until next week right now. But it looks like some tarpon may have finally shown up and settled into the backcountry… All July had been a little tougher fishing – we’d been catching some tarpon, but almost every day had been a grind with just a handful of bites. Nothing super consistent, fish moving around, lots of rain/wind… not making it easy. Well a couple of days ago I was fishing a half day trip and at the end we decided to check an area to just catch something big, so I figured why not check one of my tarpon areas as I figured we could at least catch a shark if nothing else. Well sure enough the tarpon were there! We only fished for 20 minutes and caught a few sharks… but it was a good sign. Anyways the last two days we got out there and the tarpon were still there, and earlier in the morning on different tidal stage. So I think they’ve settled in. We had good fishing catching three out of five yesterday, and three out of eight today! I can’t promise anything, but I think we may have a much better August for tarpon than July. The winds are finally laying out now after blowing 20 mph for 10 days or so. And looks like it might get real calm next week when I get back. So if you are wanting to tarpon fish, don’t be afraid to ask me. Business is going to really slow down here now after the first week of August, so I’ll often have availability short notice. I also will shoot you straight with regards to how good I think it’ll be – I don’t really care to go if I don’t think we’re going to catch them these days. But there area also other opportunities, we’re just getting into the time of year where last year I found some really good size snook, redfish, and even black drum in the late summer/fall, so I’m interested to see what happens there too. So I’m pretty busy through the first week of August, but starting the 10th I have some open days. And September can be good too, so don’t be afraid to ask about that either.
Well just to keep everyone updated unfortunately the tarpon fishing went and got difficult again right after having a very good day last week. It looked like it was the day I’d been waiting for we had seen hundreds of fish, nice and calm, and they seemed happy. We had a banner day landing 5 tarpon and thought they were there to stay for a while. Though we went out the very next day and while still calm/ideal conditions, the big mass of fish was gone! We still ended up catching a couple that day, but really had to work at it. Now we’ve had 20 mph winds the last couple of days and a lot of rain, and more rain coming the next couple of days and wind through the end of the week. So looks like July just doesn’t want to fire up like it normally does for tarpon. We caught a tarpon today we didn’t have a ton of bait and made a long run but we made it happen, also got into a good handful of snook, and about a dozen juvenile goliath groupers. So there are still fish to be caught so I would say just be open minded. Baits been a bit difficult to get now unless you have the right tides so that sometimes determines things too.
All that being said, the tarpon could still fire up any day and I remember several years ago we had a tougher July/early August, and September/October ended up being very good. So you just never know every year there are different patterns. But I’ll shoot you straight if I think it’s worthwhile or not.
I’ve had a few cancellations so a handful of days have opened between now and the end of August. Then come the second week of August I have quite a bit of availability. So don’t be afraid to ask as I mentioned fishing can still be good and short notice I may have some days avaiable.
Well today was the day I’ve been waiting for this summer… wind laid out and the tarpon were thick! We’ve had a little tougher late june/early july with the tarpon. Just not a ton of them around and bait has been a little difficult to get. Also just got over a spell of weird southwest wind that nothing likes too much. But today it slicked out, we crushed the bait, and first place we stopped there were tarpon rolling as far as the eye could see. We ended up catching 5, including a double header with Dawson and Dylan pictured here. Hooked one other double too but one of those fish came off. Anyways so glad that it ‘got good’ hopefully it’ll stay that way. We can definitely still have great tarpon fishing into August, September, and even October. And if it’s not I usually have some pretty good Plan Bs!