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We’re into February and I’ve officially had my first tarpon charter a few days ago. It was a success and we caught a couple! I have not been since but conditions have been favorable with it definitely being warm enough, and quite a few fish in the couple places I looked anyways. February is just the beginning and we can easily get big wind events or late cold fronts that slow things right down, but from what I’ve seen so far it’s looking decent for early season fishing. It’s usually not the time where you are going to expect to catch multiple fish every day, but rather if you put your time in you may get one or two if you are lucky. I’m mostly booked up through May, though I do have a handful of days left later this month, and some days in march too. I am taking Fridays and Saturdays off through July so those will not be available, however if I don’t have plans those days it will be nice for my customers as I’ll usually be willing to switch days around if conditions look bad and they are able to switch around.
I’m also going to be having a new guide, Capt. Rich Hasting, run some evening tarpon charters on my boat starting in March. I have not been doing evening trips since last year since I have two young baby boys at home now, and to be honest not as many guides are doing them these days anymore. He has been a fly fishing guide in Colorado for years, and started working at the marina here several years ago dreaming of starting a guiding business which is what he’s doing now. He’s got a good few years of experience fishing down here under his belt, and will be running trips on my SeaCraft from 5PM to 9PM (later than the standard 4 to 8, which is a better window of fishing most of the time). He’s a hard young worker and truly loves fishing, so I feel confident that clients will have a great time with him.
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.
Capt. Rick Stanczyk