8/19/13 Windy days late summer in august Islamorada

The wind has been howling the last several days and looks like it will continue to do so for a few more.  I am going out of town tomorrow so today was my last trip for a week or so.  Fishing has been tough with the wind lots of muddy water which is usually nice this time of year.  Bait has been easy to acquire though such as mullet.  We tried tarpon fishing some today in a few of the channels but not much action.  We did jump one tarpon after a long while plus had a shark that bit us off.  We ended up doing more stuff with the light rods such as trout and snappers and such.  I will likely be focusing on other stuff come september as things such as redfish and snook get much better. It is still quite possible to catch tarpon though a matter of getting lucky and finding them – right place, right time, and hopefully you have the right bait!

If your interested in trying to catch tarpon in the fall shoot me shoot me an email, if your dedicated to it and put your time in, really until the water temperatures drop later in November there is still a decent shot at getting some tarpon in the backcountry.  Of course in later October the fall mullet run usually goes on for a week or so, no telling when exactly but their is usually some crazy good tarpon action around then!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
305-747-6903
rick@islamoradatarpon.com

8/15/13 Tarpon report mid august islamorada

Well business is slowing down not getting out every day but it is still kicking along.  Actually a lot of last minute stuff is happening.  Being the weather is so hot and that time of year we are doing a lot of half days in the morning.  Today we got out on a full though and were able to nail the mullet.  Tried fishing a few channels with no luck on the tarpon.  They can be really hit or miss right now, though yesterday I heard someone caught 3 in the same channels we tried fishing.  Later we tried a spot off the mainland and hooked a nice fish almost instantly.  Caught him a fish of 75 lbs or so, but no other bites though we did get plenty of big goliath grouper and sharks.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
305-747-6903
rick@islamoradatarpon.com

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8/8/13 Hot tarpon bite in august in the florida keys!

Backcountry fishing was good today again for the tarpon.  Crushed the mullet in the morning, lots of big muds with plenty of little flippin baits!  We went 2 for 6 on tarpon and some nice size fish to up to 100 lbs.  Plus plenty of sharks!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
305-747-6903
rick@islamoradatarpon.com

8/7/13 August backcountry tarpon fishing in Islamorada

Well some bad news my motor blew up a couple days ago on a charter.  Had to get towed in though luckily warranty is covering everything and it’s in the shop now.  I’ll probably be trading mine in and upgrading to a 200 hp yamaha 4 stroke so that will be nice.  Today a friend let me borrow his boat for my charter since he wasn’t fishing.  We had an excellent day with a lot of different fish including 2 big tarpon off the cape sable area.  There were a lot of tarpon out there and lots of rollers and free jumpers… august can be great fishing out there.  Mullet were easy on the low water around 10 AM hopefully they’ll be there tomorrow too as I’m booked again.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
305-747-6903
rick@islamoradatarpon.com

8/3/13 August tarpon fishing east cape sable

Went out for fun today with Elizabeth Baxter tarpon fishing.  We nailed some mullets in the morning and tried a few spots.  Mostly sharks to start with plus a few groupers.  Though we checked an area off east cape sable.  The water looked gorgeous and there was some fish there.  We hooked this fine 75 lb specimen on a dead mullet.  He almost jumped in the boat at one point and hit our bow and flopped off!  We landed him thankfully!  Tarpon fishing can still be very good through August and even into September.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
305-747-6903
rick@islamoradatarpon.com

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