2016 Summer time Tarpon Fishing

September is rolling by quick and it is definitely ‘slow’ season with business right now.  I’ve only fished a handful of days this month but we’ve had good fishing.  The last couple days out we caught 5 tarpon total so that was great!  I’m fishing the next 3 days (this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) and then going back out of town the following Wednesday.  So I don’t have much available though if you are hear early next week and want to, give me a hollar.  Otherwise October is right around the corner and that is going to be a little busier but I should definitely have some time if you have several days here.  October is one of my favorite times of year to fish!
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9/16/16 Great september florida keys tarpon fishing

More great tarpon fishing in september here in Islamorada Florida.  We did the same routine as yesterday and caught one nice tarpon early fishing the channels on the falling tide.  A few sharks as well.  After that we bent the light rods a little with some nice trout.  Then on the start of the incoming tide we fished the beach and caught 3 more tarpon.  Great to see fishing so good this time of year, this is the type of summer time fishing I got spoiled with regularly last year.  One more day on the books tomorrow then a few open days I may go fun fishing one day, then off to the Bahamas for a week.  4 for 5

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9/15/16 September Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada

Got out after some tarpon today and we had good fishing.  Got a little later start at 7 AM as my anglers were from the UK and couldn’t contact them ahead of time, but no matter we had some bait saved from several days ago and some frozen stuff as well.  Anyways we only fished two areas and tarpon were loaded in both of them.  We caught 1 first thing in the morning in one of the channels on the falling tide, then didn’t have any more bites out of those fish but they were definitely around, we did manage a few sharks.  After the tide started to quit we went out further off the beaches and found a massive pack of fish.  We ended up catching 3 more but had 11 bites it was incredible.  Great day and probably the best fishing I have had all year for tarpon as far as the number of bites go.  You never know unless you go as I say we have tarpon here year round!  I have a couple more days coming up then a few open days, then at the end of next week I’m going to the Bahamas.  Look me up if you want to fish.  4 for 12

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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9/11/16 September Tarpon Fishing in the Florida Keys

Got out with Tommy and Brian today here from Texas.  Have had a lot of guys from Texas the last couple months, the Keys are a popular destination it seems!  They wanted tarpon so we gave it a shot I had a little bait from yesterday though we stopped and caught some fresh over in the backcountry.  We got lucky and found some tarpon in the channels back there they weren’t showing themselves much but we were able to sniff ’em out.  Anyways we ended up catching a couple in the morning and several sharks.  After that things slowed down we tried to do a little snook fishing but not much was going on with that we lost one of them, then we caught a couple more sharks in the afternoon saw a few tarpon in another area but no more bites.  Anyways a great day the guys were happy to have each caught their first tarpon.  I have several days open then fishing again Thursday – Saturday if you are looking to go!  2 for 2

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9/9/16 September Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada

We got out on the water today after being on vacation then off the last several days.  The wind was kickin’ a bit this morning out of the north and was a little chilly so wasn’t sure how great tarpon fishing would be.  Anyways we caught bait easily it was nice to see so many mullet around that were very easy to catch.  We found some tarpon in the first channel we stopped in and caught a shark and then a tarpon soon after!  Though they quit biting after that we caught several more sharks.  I had gotten a new bottom machine installed on my boat while away on vacation so was neat to play with that – the side scan sonar is very cool and useful we were marking tarpon with it in the channel.  Anyways after that we took a ride and looked up the beach to see if we saw any tarpon busting or jumping.  Didn’t see a whole lot, tried a couple areas and only more sharks bit.  We casted artificials for a little bit and caught a snook and missed another one, then saw a tarpon jump a ways away.  I used the new sonar when we ran nearby to the jump and were able to locate tarpon swimming around and set up.  We ended up catching a couple more tarpon and jumped one more!  Nice to have some new toys come in to be useful, we may have caught those fish without it but it definitely gave me some confidence to see them swimming by on the screen when we put our baits out.  The winds had kicked up even more for the ride home out of the east and we had a bit of a rough ride for a while, but once we got in the shallows it wasn’t bad.  Anyways a great day overall.  I’m fishing Sunday and then don’t have much until next weekend if anyone wants to go fishing.  3 for 4

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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8/25/16 August Islamorada Tarpon Fishing in the Everglades

Had Roger and Susan out fishing for tarpon today they were down from the Treasure Coast of South Florida.  The weather slowed us down a little this morning there was a big cell over the bay so we had to wait a little bit and run the long way around it but still got back in the backcountry fairly early.  Bait was easy we loaded up on mullet in once toss of the cast net.  We fished around Flamingo first and caught the last couple hours of the incoming tide.  A few fish in one of the channels to start however they were only rolling for a little bit and we never had any bites but did catch a few different sharks including a lemon and spinners.  After that we went to another close by channel and had a tarpon free jump practically right between our baits, I would of swore he was hooked but no drag ever pulled.  Anyways no more bites and we ran back to the channel where we had caught fish the last couple days.  We found a few tarpon after moving around a little but they had ‘lock jaw’ and didn’t want to play.  We landed a few more sharks and then as we were running to check another channel I saw one free jump in the open bay just outside the channel.  We stopped and saw some more roll and a few bust, so we set up to give it a little longer.  Eventually we got one to bite and Roger landed his first tarpon, a nice 50 lber.  After that we decided to catch some small stuff and got into some trout and a few ladyfish.  Was glad to get another tarpon, very surprising how tough they have been to get to bite, but that’s not been uncommon this year!  Fun fishing tomorrow and then suppose to go out of town if this storm doesn’t change our plans.  So may not have any reports for a while.

September we can still catch some tarpon, barring a hurricane the conditions are usually fairly good.  There aren’t always tons of fish around but you can definitely find some of the residents.  October is usually even a little better too!  If you are interested in going don’t hesitate, drop me a line!  1 for 1

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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8/24/16 Islamorada Tarpon Fishing Report Late August

Got out today with Jim and his son James.  Weather looked a little nasty we had some lightning and rain pass over when I got to the dock.  We were able to get out though just took our time waiting for it to move through ahead of us.  Mullet were easy to catch and we set up in the channels where we had seen fish yesterday.  The tarpon were there though again were very finicky.  We moved around several times and had only shark bites, even with tarpon rolling almost on top of our baits!  Eventually the tide changed and we were able to hook into a nice 90 lb tarpon that James landed.  We didn’t get him up for good pictures as another patch of rain was coming towards us so we got the leader release and he popped off.  Anyways we fished some different channels for a while but made our way back there in the last part of the day.  However no more tarpon bites but the sharks kept us busy.  Was glad to get one today!  1 for 1

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8/23/16 August Islamorada Tarpon Fishing Report

Got out today for some tarpon at first we were going to try for snook, but the bait wasn’t very cooperative so we bailed on that plan.  We were able to still catch some mullet a little later in the morning after that.  Fished the last of the incoming tide around flamingo and had a few fish around but they didn’t bite.  When the tide quit we ran to some other channels and the fish were in their pretty good.  We saw several roll and bust as we stopped and set up.  Eventually we hooked a nice 75 lber that we landed.  After that the fish seemed to have moved on we caught a couple little sharks.  Moved the the channel and saw a few more rolling but no bites just a few more little sharks.  Kept moving down and caught a few more sharks and eventually saw some more fish rolling.  We moved a couple more times and eventually got another bite catching a nice 90 lb fish.  After that we went off the beaches and caught some big lemon sharks and a couple other things.  Good to see a decent amount of fish though they weren’t super happy as I would’ve guessed we would of had at least a couple more bites, but glad we made both count!  2 for 2

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8/20/16 Late august islamorada tarpon fishing report

Well I went from hero to zero today things were very tough.  Had the same crew from yesterday.  We caught bait early not super easy but was able to put enough together.  We ran out to the beaches where the fish were yesterday though this morning they were not to be seen… We searched all up and down and didn’t see much.  Did finally see one roll as we were leaving the area and another free jump, so we set up.  Though after 40 minutes we never had a sniff of anything and didn’t see much else.  It stinks when you go all that way and then don’t find ’em, kind of like the kiss of death as you have to backtrack to other spots to fish.  Anyways we then were going to try to snook fish but the bait wasn’t really catchable for what we needed plus that had been tough too and the water didn’t look nice in the creeks, so we kept on after tarpon.  Tried the channels we did see a few in the first spot, but only for a minute and no bite just a few sharks.  Worked our way towards flamingo and hit a few other channels, though not much of anything except a sting ray.  Then ran back to some other areas to catch the start of the incoming tide and caught a few more sharks, and finally saw a couple tarpon roll on a spot but alas no bite out of them.  Not sure where they all went but it looked like a nice calm day that they should’ve loved…  Anyways glad we had such a good day on the previous trip.  Seems to be the story of this year though as I can think of several times where we had a banner day and thought we were dialed in and then had very tough fishing the next day. Hopefully tomorrow will be better!  0 for 0

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8/19/16 August Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada

Got out today for some tarpon we caught the last trickle of incoming tide this morning and were able to load up on mullet.  We looked around hard for fish and didn’t find any in the first 3 stops… was looking like it might be one of those days!  But eventually we stumbled into a pack deep in one of the channels in the everglades.  We jumped around several times and finally got one to eat that we caught.  We also caught several sharks.  After that we ran off the beaches to take a look as it was nice and calm until that point, though the wind did start blowing once we got there.  We found some tarpon free jumping and busting and were able to get in on them with the tide already starting back in.  However they didn’t make it easy we moved around again several times and caught some big blacktip sharks, then finally we saw a couple roll and got in front of them and caught 1 soon after a nice 75 lb fish.  After that it was almost the end of the day but we managed to get one more fish of 50 lbs or so to the boat before he jumped off for a technical release.  Anyways like I said we had to work for it but had a great day!  Back at it tomorrow.  3 for 3

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8/17/16 Islamorada Half Day Tarpon Report

Well got out today I’ve had quite a few days off and a few days of just random rod bending.  Fishing had been a little tough overall the last couple weeks with the water getting very hot, still hard south breezes, and a few algae blooms in the backcountry to worry about.  Today we were suppose to fish all day but we cut it to a half due to weather, had to wait until 7:30 or so until we could get out.  I went under the bridge and found quite a few mullet getting blown up so I grabbed the net and we caught 15 or so.  Then we saw some tarpon rolling close by in a local channel so we gave it a shot.  Ended up getting a couple bites and getting one fish to the boat for a technical release before he threw the hook.  Anyways a nice easy ‘give me’ on a nasty weather day.  We finished the morning on the patches catching a few snapper, porgy, and a nice hogfish.  I’m fishing the next several days and a couple more before going out of town around the 26th for a week or so.  1 for 2

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