Tarpon Season 2017

July is almost over and our ‘busy season’ is coming to a close.  Thankfully I fished as much as I wanted to this year, not as much as most years since I took evenings off with having a new baby and such.  Though our ‘tarpon season’ was a good one and much better than last year overall for me though it still had it’s challenges.  The summer time fishing was a whole lot better than last year, I know I caught more fish in June this year than I did in both June and July last year (We had 55 in June this year).  July was near as good as far as the fishing went with the trip/catch ratio, though I didn’t get as many days in as I took a couple of trips out of town.  Though we were averaging a little over 2 fish a trip so that is pretty good.  August is here and I’m definitely still taking charters for tarpon fishing.  It’s often still a great time of year to fish… you have the warm, calm conditions that tarpon like, and you often have the fishing areas all to yourself as it’s ‘offseason’ for business.  I like to get out there early as is my usual summer time routine.  But don’t think you’ve missed the time to come here for tarpon, it’s often better fishing than in the spring when you have to deal with late cold fronts, lots of people, and windy days.  I’m having a bit of work done on my boat, though I have another skiff to use so no problem.  Drop me a line if you are interested!

I’m usually recommending from here on out fishing full day or 3/4 day trips.  Being that I’ve just had a child a couple months ago, I’m still not doing any evening trips, and the local half day fishing during the mornings gets a little more hit and miss as the mullet start to thin out locally around Islamorada.   On the evening half day trips you can rely more on your crab fishing, and that gets better as you get closer to dark especially on the falling tides.  However with the morning half day trips it’s the opposite, so if you don’t hit ’em first thing often your fishing gets tougher and tougher.  You can definitely still catch them locally on half day trips, but for me I am just dialed in on the early morning everglades thing, so that is what I prefer.  That again just requires at least a 3/4 day as it’s an hour run or more going back there.  Getting out there early gives you some very good opportunities, and bait is often much easier to catch.

August and even September/October can still be very good for tarpon fishing though it isn’t always the case.  Last year we had some of the best tarpon fishing we had all year in September and October believe it or not, just check out my reports those months!  If you are interested in tarpon fishing drop me a line, if I’m not available I’m more than happy to make recommendations.

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8/18/17 Tarpon Fishing in August in Islamorada

Got out with Mike today for a full day of tarpon fishing.  I had plenty of leftover bait from yesterday and am going out of town tomorrow for a few days, so didn’t have to bother with catching them.  We headed out to some channels I hadn’t fished in a while but heard some fish showed up there… we had a little time to wait for the tide change where I had been fishing anyways.  We pulled in and tarpon were rolling around.  The tide was just starting in here.  We sat for a bit waiting for the current to move.  The tarpon were a little finicky, had them roll right over our baits a few times but nothing.  After about 45 minutes and where I was almost ready to move around a bit, we hooked one and caught a nice 45 lb fish.  After that we got another about 55 lbs.  Mike had a blast fighting both of them.  Things quieted down after that, we had a few bonnet head sharks, and moved once where I had seen some tarpon rolling.  No more tarpon bites but we did get a couple big jack crevelles.  After that we headed inland and tried the other area where I’d been having good fishing.  Not much going on there today though didn’t see any tarpon rolling or splashing.  My buddy said he had jumped two nearby right when he pulled in but that was it.  We each made a couple moves without much but a few sharks.  We got a nice big triple tail though, and had some shots at some others but couldn’t connect but got a nice fish for dinner.  After that my buddy called me he had found some tarpon and caught a double header!  We headed over as he left, saw a couple fish roll after a bit.  But no bites there we moved a few times and fished hard, but sometimes you gotta be in the right place at the right time.  Anyways we hooked a big shark that cut us off and a sting ray, and ended up calling it a day.  2 for 2

I’m out of town like I said but later in August I still have some availability.  Tarpon fishing is possible all the way through October, and as I’ve said we had the best fishing we had all year last year in September and October.

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8/17/17 3/4 day tarpon trip in Islamorada

Got out with Scott and Sherry down from Atlanta.  It was their 20th wedding anniversary and they wanted to try catching some tarpon – sounded like a great idea to me!  We headed out early and caught some bait on the way.  Bait was a little tougher we had the falling tide early on which has been a bit harder for our bait catching.  Just had to work at it and got extra messy with grass and weeds, but we got plenty of bait.  We caught the tide starting in when we got to our fishing area.  I didn’t see a whole lot of tarpon activity where we had been the last few days, so I slid further down just to fish some numbers where I’d figured they’d of been too.  We eventually saw a few roll and caught some sharks.  Then we pitched a bait out and Sherry hooked up a nice 75 lb tarpon almost instantly!  She fought him well and we got the leader to our rod tip, but he just wouldn’t roll over and unfortunately ended up throwing the hook before we could get some good boat side pictures.  But a legal catch none the less.  After that we caught a few more sharks, and then moved the boat over where we had seen more fish roll.  Soon after that it was Scotts turn and he hooked a fish of similar size.  This one fought very hard too we got him to the leader as well for an official catch, but this one we ended up just pulling the hook without a jump even.  Just bad luck for our boat side pictures today, but the fish don’t always cooperate for those!  But they got some good video of him and I got one decent jumping picture at least.  After that things slowed down for us we saw a couple triple tails but didn’t get a good shot at them, had a couple more shark and sting ray bites, and then some storms blew in and it started blowing like crazy right before it was time to head home.  Fishing seemed to slow down a little from what it was the last couple of days, but those days can spoil you as two tarpon in a day is always good with me.  Scott and Sherry said they’d be back with their son Zack next time to catch some more silver kings, I’m looking forward to it!  2 for 2

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8/16/17 August Tarpon Report in the Everglades

Got out with Steve and Tim down from NY today for some tarpon fishing.  We headed out early and caught bait on the way.  Tarpon were right where we left them yesterday and we had a little northeasterly breeze this morning so I figured they might like that a little better then flat calm.  We had just an absolutely epic day!  They bit very well we never moved all day and had very good fishing with mostly big tarpon and some sharks.  We got one that was close to 130 or so very nice fish!  We also landed double header 100 lb tarpon which was exciting we had to chase them, unfortunately one broke off at the boat before we could get the double header picture but oh well that’s tough to do especially with 2 fish that big!  Had nice incoming tide all morning and the fishing just doesn’t get any better than that.  Hopefully those tarpon will stick around a few more days, then I’m out of town Saturday to Tuesday to watch the eclipse and visit some relatives.  The fishing may stay good all through August who knows, like I always say summer time and early fall are some of my favorite times of years to tarpon fish just because you usually have the good conditions and not near as much pressure on the fish.  6 for 8

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8/15/17 Everglades Florida Keys Tarpon Fishing

Got out with Dan Styf today he fished with me a few years ago and we had caught some nice tarpon in the summer.  Today it was pretty slick calm early and then a nice light easterly breeze later on.  We caught bait and saw tarpon rolling out in the open water as soon as we got in the area I wanted to fish, we had to jump around a few times, but eventually got in front of some hungry fish.  We had good incoming tide for a while and we ended up getting four nice tarpon, all big ones in the 65-100 lb range!  One never jumped which was cool I thought for sure it was a big blacktip shark, and another one we had to fight for a good 30 minutes he dragged us for quite a ways.  Also one fish we didn’t get to the hand, but got him on the windon leader next to the boat and he took off and spit the hook on another jump but got our technical catch anyways!  Just an epic morning you can’t ask for much more than that…  We also caught some blacktips and a big lemon shark.  After that we tried off the mainland and caught the start of the falling tide.  Didn’t see much for tarpon our there though we caught some little sharks.  We got a nice triple tail that floated by, and then spent the rest of our time looking for them.  We had several shots and hooked one more but he got off near the boat.  Wow what a day just everything Dan had asked for.  I’m fishing the next few days then out of town Saturday, I’ll be back on the 23rd and have some availability from then on to the end of the month.  The tarpon bite has been strong and can remain that way through October sometimes.  4 for 4

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8/14/17 August Florida Keys Fishing for Tarpon

Got out with Chad and Michelle today for a 3/4 day after some tarpon.  Had very light southerly winds, not my favorite direction but it wasn’t howling so all was good.  We caught bait on the way there and hit some channels.  Didn’t see much activity early, we sat for a bit in one spot with no action.  Eventually did see a tarpon roll and we scooted over there, and got a shark bite soon after and then Chad had a tarpon bite that was missed unfortunately.  A buddy of mine had pulled up in the area where we were before, and within a few minutes he actually hooked double header tarpon!  We slid back over there nearby and he took off to chase one of the fish because it was big.  I was about to give up and after 25 minutes or so, Michelle hooked a nice 60 lber that we landed.  Didn’t get any pictures myself since we were having to do battle and it was a wily fish going under the boat a few times.  We got it on the leader but as soon as Michelle took some wraps to go for pictures, it kicked it’s tail and snapped the leader.  Oh well but a good release.  We then headed out towards the mainland to try for the last hour.  I didn’t see a whole lot out there but did see a little bit of busting and a possible fish jumping, we set up and caught a bunch of blacktip sharks but no tarpon bite.  I then moved in near shore where I had good action a few days ago, we didn’t see much but after 20 minutes there we jumped another tarpon.   Smaller guy that didn’t want to stay on the hook.  After that unfortunately it was time to go.  Was glad that we got one, wish the others had stayed on the hook but that’s fishing.  I’m booked the next few days and will be out there after them, going out of town this weekend and then will be back at it the following Wednesday.  I have good availability near the end of the month and definitely in September if anyone is looking to go.  We catch tarpon all the way through October.  1 for 3

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