2019 Islamorada Tarpon Season is here!

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May is half way over – wow!  This season sure has flown by quick.  Tarpon fishing is pretty good still.  We’re not having the knock-out fishing we had a couple weeks ago, the bite in the Islamorada area at least has slown down somewhat.  Still plenty of fish to catch, but just not the big numbers of migrating fish we had a while back.  Some days you really have to work at it and they aren’t so happy, other days you may get several.  Sounds like they are getting a lot of them down at Bahia Honda now closer to Big Pine Key.  Usually when that is going off down there, it’s a little slower in our neck of the woods – totally normal.  But I’ve been finding some fish in the backcountry which has been nice, maybe we’ll get a nice early start to our summer time fishery come June.

New boat is in service now!  She’s running great and catching lots of fish.  Very fast, comfortable, and roomy for my clients.  I’ll update boat info when I get some time been so busy it’s tough to keep up.

Also I’m offering discounted trip rates for the 2019 off season (September through November).  I’ve normally not really offered discounts on my trips for a variety of reasons, however next year as mentioned I’m taking more days off in the busy season so I really would like to fill my off season in a little more.  If you are interested in coming down at that time you can get some good deals on fishing and room rates.  Once I start to fill in those days though I may no longer off these great rates, so start planning early if you can!  September and October can still be good months for tarpon, November is not as much but we have really good fishing for other species.  Check out my discounted trip rates here.

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.

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5/20/19 May Charter Fishing for Tarpon in the Florida Keys

Got a nice one for Logan today! We started out in the backcountry where we had some good luck last week. Saw a few fish back there early, but not very responsive and didn’t seem like too many. We caught a variety of sharks though. Checked several other areas back there and just didn’t see much for tarpon life, though the sharks kept is busy. We decided to give it a whirl back in Islamorada for the last hour. Logan ended up getting a nice 90 lb tarpon to finish up the day! Some days you are in them all day long, other days you are happy to get one – that’s tarpon fishing. We will be back at it tomorrow, likely sticking more around town.  1 for 1

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5/16/19 May Tarpon Charter Fishing in the Keys

Great day for Dean visiting down from NJ! Weather looked iffy to start, we were gonna leave early but waited until near 7 and then things started to clear out. We made it to the Backcountry and found some tarpon early on. After a couple sharks and a ray to start, Dean hooked s nice 20 lb tarpon! Small enough to lift up for a nice picture, fish under 40 inches you are allowed to (carefully). We release the fish healthily as ever. A little later we hooked a 40.lber too and Dean landed that one as well. A few more sharks and the tide slowed down. We decided to run around and check more ground, didn’t see much. We did catch a few small things, Jack’s and trout. We ran back to where we started but didn’t see much for tarpon life and the storms started to build again. Decided not to push our luck and headed back near Islamorada. We got lucky and hooked a big fish here, a good 100.lber! Dean fought her well and we rolled her over within 15 minutes. Got a nice boatside picture and decided to call it a day after that. Nice to have the fish cooperating a bit. I’m off the next two days time for service on the new boat and to move a few things around. Back at it Sunday!  3 for 3

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5/14/19 + 5/15/19 May Fishing for Tarpon in the Florida Keys Report

Nice day with return customer Dirc and his son Luke. Weather slicked out and it was nice and overcast a good part of the day. No rain got us either though it poured overnight. We got on the tarpon early, finding some smaller size guys. Dirc caught a couple, and we got several sharks too. The tide quit on us and we moved around, but nothing but sharks after that. We made a move and checked out some other areas. Didn’t see many signs of tarpon, so we tried some redfish holes. The reds were biting, we caught 15 or so in a couple spots. Went back and searched for more tarpon. Found a big wad of them, and Luke ended up catching a couple. Then we got bum rushed, missing 4 or 5 more tarpon, but dirc finally landed 1 more. We also missed a double header! Great end to the day, the law of averages definitely caught up with us though! Nice to have a banner day as yesterday we struggled a bit fishing locally with the southwest wind. I had Marc and his wife Britta… we hooked one tarpon we lost in the bridge on a half day and that was it. Possibly had another bite or two but not really sure as to what they were.  But today was much better thankfully!  0 for 1 and 5 for 9

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5/13/19 May Florida Keys Tarpon Fishing Report

Back after the tarpon today again.  Conditions and fishing have gotten a little tougher, we had it pretty easy for a long time but starting to get that mid season time when things get hard sometimes.  Winds are not very favorable especially for the backcountry, wanting to stay more south/southwesterly, but that shouldn’t last long looks by the weekend should go back predominately east.  Bait seems to have really dried up hard to find many mullet currently.  Everything I think has gone out to spawn but hopefully they’ll be back in a day or two.  There are some around but not nearly as easy as it had been.  We caught a few early in the morning and then some more on our way out to the tarpon areas in the backcountry.  We saw a few tarpon early to start, got set up and after a little bit we hooked one.  Herman landed a nice 40 lber we got to the boat for pictures.  We had another bite a little later that we missed unfortunatley and jumped off.  After that we got a few sharks.  The tarpon seemed to had shut off so we checked a few other areas.  Didn’t see a whole lot, we gave it a shot in one area for a while and did catch a few more blacktips and a nice little hammerhead.  We switched gears after that and found a good school of redfish, had fun with them though sharks got in there and got a couple of ’em.  We then decided to run and try some channels near home for tarpon again, saw one roll as we approached and set up.  Didn’t get a bite but we did catch a big old sting ray.  Called it a day after that.  Back after them for the next few days hopefully we can keep on the fish!  1 for 2

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5/12/19 Mothers Day Tarpon Fishing Trip

Glenn and Karen had a great time with me yesterday! We focused on tarpon early and had some good luck. Glenn jumped a fish off first thing, then a little later got a nice smaller 40 lber to the boat. After that Karen was up. She landed two 50 lb and 65 lb fish. We also got a tripletail that floated by us. After that the tide slowed down and we switched gears. Found a good school of redfish to keep us busy the next hour. Had a big lemon shark get after them though, but we were able to lock our drags down and keep any more reds from his mouth. We tried one last area for snook before heading home, no luck there but we did get another redfish and a few catfish. Fishing feels like it’s getting a little tougher, bait has gotten a bit more difficult we will likely have to spend some time on that today. But overall still great fishing!  3 for 4

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