2016 Summer time Tarpon Fishing

 

July is here and fishing has been very good!  I have been focusing on mixed bag fishing a bit more not just tarpon.  But the snook fishing has been incredible in the everglades creeks and canals and shorelines.  Mixed in we have had good shots at tarpon just about every day too.  Right now it is tough to pass this up to try and fish for bigger tarpon as it is just much more action and much more consistent as well.  When the mullet are around and I know where there are schools of tarpon hanging around, I will definitely be trying it.  However to me it makes much more sense to fish the lighter gear in search of small tarpon, snook, redfish, etc… where you will be catching stuff all throughout the day.  If you are wanting to get out on the water this is a great month to do so as fishing is good and business is a little slower, so there is not at much competition.  I like to get an early start and as they say, the early bird gets the worm!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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7/25/16 Late July Florida Keys tarpon fishing in the Everglades

Got out today after having the last week or so off.  I had some company in town so a few planned days off but it was pretty slow anyways ended up having a couple extra days too.  Funny though first week of august I am slammed for 7 days in a row… go figure!  Anyways I fished today and looks like a couple more trips later this week too.  We got out after some tarpon the conditions were good, light winds in the morning that picked up a little in the afternoon.  Bait was easy we crushed the mullets and found the tarpon thick and happy in one of the channels.  We fished the last couple hours of the tide and had 7 bites and landed 4 tarpon, it was incredible.  Afterwards we caught a couple goliath groupers, some big sharks, and a few trout for dinner.  All in all a fabulous day!  I think fishing will be very good throughout the week, I have some days off on wednesday and thursday I think which will be lobster ‘mini season.’  If you are here for that and want to go fishing it can be good as there is NO lobstering in everglades national park so you can get away from all the crazies!  Anyways tomorrow I’ll likely give the tarpon a try again the conditions should be good the next few days.  4 for 7

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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7/15/16 July Tarpon Fishing Report in Islamorada

Got out again today the weather looked bad around town but we left early and beat it into the backcountry.  It never rained back there though looked like they got some nasty weather at the dock back home.  Anyways fishing was OK we had one tarpon bite to start with, got a technical release on him as he swam to us and we got the leader to the rod tip.  After a few minutes of fighting he jumped and threw the hook next to the boat.  We also caught a nice lemon shark and broke another one off.  After that we rounded up some more bait and tried some other channels.  Jumped another tarpon off straight away then caught several blacktips and bonnet head sharks.  Also got a couple big ladyfish and bluefish on the bottom rods.  No other tarpon bites that was all she wrote but glad to have gotten one and to get the day in!  Tomorrow taking a day off after a busy week.  1 for 2

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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7/14/16 July tarpon Fishing in Islamorada Florida

Today we got chased around by rainstorms in the early morning.  We were able to fish on and off with the light rods for trout, ladyfish, and such.  But had to keep moving to dodge storms.  Finally by 9:30 or so we were able to run to the channels I wanted to fish for tarpon at.  The afternoon got nice and we hooked a nice tarpon straight away.  Landed him and then not much else for a little bit.  I only had one angler so we bent the light rods again for a little while and then tried another area for something big to end the day.  Didn’t see any tarpon there, but caught plenty more sharks.  We also had a big cobia swim up and we did hook him on a light rod but broke him off unfortunately.  Anyways was glad to get a tarpon and some other things, didn’t look like we were going to be able to do much the first couple hours of the day!  1 for 1

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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7/13/16 July Islamorada Tarpon Fishing Report

Good fishing again today for Randy and Pat here from Texas.  We found some tarpon in the channels where we had caught one yesterday.  First stop didn’t produce much but a few sharks, the second though the tarpon were biting.  We got one to the boat for pictures, another we got a technical release on as he jumped off next to the boat, and had a couple others spit the hook on the bite.  We broke it up a little mid day and caught some trout and a few more mullet for bait.  Hope the fishing holds up!  At it again tomorrow, I do have some days open near the end of the month if anyone is looking to go.  July is a great time of year to fish!  2 for 4

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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7/12/16 July Tarpon Fishing in the Everglades

Got after the tarpon again today.  We found them in the backcountry channels.  Not tons of fish, never even saw one roll.  But we caught one right off the bat plus plenty of sharks and a big sawfish.  Then after that we moved channels and saw someone fighting a tarpon.  We were heading to that general area so I set up and within another 5 minutes we had another good size tarpon on.  Anyways was glad to get a couple!  We finished the day catching a few trout whilst getting pilchards for snook.  Then we caught a handful of snook to finish the day.  2 for 2

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7/11/16 Florida Keys Tarpon Fishing in July

Back at it again today the fish were more cooperative.  We found some tarpon in the morning where we had seen them yesterday.  While yesterday they didn’t really bite, today they did.  We caught two and were plenty happy with that!  Also a few sharks and finished the day up with a handful of snook.  Great day hopefully it will get a little better.  Just not a ton of fish around but I think when the wind lays down again they will show back up in force.  2 for 2

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7/10/16 July Everglade Tarpon fishing in Islamorada

Fishing got tough for us again today with the south southeasterly wind kicking up.  We found some big balls of mullet again on the way out so catching bait was easy.  But boy did the tarpon pull a vanishing act.  We tried one of the backcountry channels first thing since we were waiting on a tide change in the area where they had been the last few days.  No life just a few sharks.  We then hit the beaches and I never saw a fish for miles.  We fished a few areas where they were the last few days but only a few shark bites.  We ran a long way and eventually cut around one of the beach corners and saw a few tarpon free jumping.  Got lined up and saw a couple roll nearby and thought we were in them.  Though only a few more shark bites and then never saw the tarpon again.  Tried running around the beaches some more and never saw a thing, we fished another area and more sharks.  After that we bent the light rods with some trout and snapper which was good.  Finished up trying for tarpon again, ran around a couple different channels trying to locate some but did not see much. Finally saw a free jumper in a channel and fished it hard and moved 3 different times, but no bites unfortunately.  Anyways thats about the story of the year, have a few great days and then boom they keep you honest!  Back at it tomorrow.  0 for 0

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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7/9/16 July Tarpon Fishing Florida Keys

Got out with Dave and his son Joe today we had some mullet from yesterday though we caught some more on the way as we ran into some huge schools out in the gulf.  We also caught some live pilchards for bait too for later.  Anyways tarpon fishing was good we caught a double header right off the bat.  Then the sharks started getting us.  We moved around a bit and eventually found some tarpon rolling elsewhere and got another one.  Then we decided to give the snooks a try and we caught lots of them plus a juvenile goliath grouper.  Great day I have them again tomorrow!  Still have plenty of openings towards the end of July it’s a great time of year to fish.  3 for 3

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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7/8/16 Everglades Tarpon Fishing in July

Got out for a full day today with Cory and Sarah.  Found the mullet pretty good and we caught 50 or so baits in a couple throws.  Nice for them to be easy for a change it’s been hard to find mullet in the mornings and that in turn means more time bait fishing and less time tarpon fishing, and sometimes tough to get any at all which means having to goto plan B!  Anyways today it was easy so I was happy.  We went off the beaches and found a lot of tarpon free jumping.  Sharks were very bad we probably caught 2 dozen sharks but did get a couple tarpon bites, both of which we landed so that was good then finished the day up with some trout for dinner.  Busy week for me I am fishing the next 6 days straight will probably be mixing it up a little but for sure fishing for tarpon some too!  2 for 2

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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7/4/16 Everglades Tarpon Fishing in July

Went in the back to try a similar routine as yesterday.  The wind kicked up good and fishing was definitely not the same as yesterday!  We did have some decent tarpon action early though we weren’t able to keep the hooks in any of them.  We picked away and caught a handful of snook, plus a variety of other specimens throughout the day.  0 for 3

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