10/5/13 October islamorada tarpon fishing report

Well we are still in off season mode here so only getting out a handful of times a week.  To top things off the everglades national park is closed as of oct 1. due to the government shutdown.  We have been having to make the best of it fishing the local bays, bridges, and patch reefs.  It didn’t stop us from having a great half day today.  My angler wanted tarpon which is still possible in october.  There are plenty of nice pilchards around for live bait which we caught in the morning.  We fished for smaller stuff for a while then hit the bridges for tarpon.  We hooked one early that broke us off in the bridge down around channel 5.  Tried another spot but no luck, then fished near the bridges by bud n marys.  Caught some big jacks and eventually hooked this nice 45 lb tarpon on light 20 lb spin gear.  What a battle, almost an hour but we got him.  October florida keys fishing can be great, lots of bait around and once the park opens back up it should be game on!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

october islamorada tarpon
october islamorada tarpon