Well the tarpon fishing had gotten a little tougher as of late. My last night trip a couple nights ago we only had 1 for sure bite at the end of the night right after 8 PM and unfortunately jumped him off. That was on a live crab near sunset. We did have some sharks and stuff earlier on the bottom and another bite that may possibly have been a tarpon but not sure. Yesterday we caught a ton of mullet they were thick and even found some big balls of them and prepared for a banner day… however the tarpon were tough to find in the back I tried off the mainland where it had been really good, however no tarpon but we did catch plenty of big sharks – bulls and blacktips, and a small goliath grouper plus another big one that rocked us up. We ended up running back near islamorada and did hook into a nice 40 lb fish on live mullet that we got near the boat and then pulled the hooks on, but at least fought him for a while and got some good jumps. Today the winds kicked up hard out of the south. We drifted a little early in the AM with no luck on crabs, then dead baited and caught about an 80 lb tarpon in Islamorada near lignumvitae key. We then ran into the backcountry but the mullet that were thick the day before were not there, we did catch about 8 or so. We played with some smaller fish for a while and had fun, then tried another channel back there for tarpon on the falling tide. As soon as our first bait was out we hooked into one! We ended up catching 3 out of 5 back there plus several blacktip sharks – going 4 for 6 for the day! Most the fish in the backcountry were in the 40 – 50 lb range, not big guys but still lots of fun and very acrobatic! I had the same 3 guys the last two days so they were happy to get into a bit of a tarpon frenzy and see what it’s all about – and everyone got to catch one!
Well another evening islamorada tarpon fishing trip in june and some more fish to report! Went 2 for 4 on local islamorada tarpon plus had some other action with some big rays and a couple blacktip sharks. One fish we battled for almost an hour and drug us almost 2 miles! It was nice not waiting more than 20 minutes for some action! Dead baiting was effective the wind really slacked off which I often don’t like trying to drift with crabs though another buddy of mine did say they caught one near dusk doing so ‘down the road.’ The fishing and weather should stay good the next few evenings, I’m going again tomorrow night you should give it a try!
Got out for an evening trip tonight. We caught some fresh mullet this morning in the backcountry while doing a regular rod bending half day. Went out around 3:15 this afternoon and fished the local channels and bridges. Caught 2 out of 3 tarpon, smaller guys in the 40-60 lb range, but lots of fun! Fishing our fresh mullets was good. We also caught a 300 lb ‘mud marlin’ which was pretty cool to see as he swam way up on a flat. Going again tomorrow night I’ve heard the crab bite has been good in some areas so may try that too! Great falling tides from late afternoon into the dark the next few days, should be good fishing!
Fished east cape today. We caught some nice silver mullets on the way out. We went 2/3 on tarpon, smaller guys in the 40-60 lb range but lots of fun still. Also caught some cobias and sharks and a ‘mud marlin’. Fishing in the summer time for tarpon can be good off east cape and surrounding areas though its work you must look around for the fish and lots of sharks to contend with. Yesterday we also caught a tarpon on the way home near Islamorada in the afternoon.
We fished today and had to dodge rainstorms for quite a while. We did a variety of things which worked out well in the backcountry, got some stuff for dinner, then my clients wants to catch a tarpon. We found some mullet way in the back mudding on a flat, a couple throws of the cast net and had about 15 or so. We tried a few spots in the backcountry but did not see much for tarpon. Ran back near Islamorada and fished a spot with the falling tide I’ve been having some luck at. It proved the right move again, my angler landed her first tarpon about a 60 lb fish, then we went home before more rain came!