2/11/14 Florida Keys February Tarpon Fishing

Well the early islamorada tarpon fishing season continues.  I had a few days off and the last couple trips were non-tarpon fishing trips.  Today in the morning the wind was north I was not really excited about that wind direction for a tarpon trip.  My anglers wanted to target big stuff tarpon included.  We ran into the backcountry looking for bait.  Mullet were very difficult as the wind died when we got to an area with some mullet around.  When it is slick calm, it is tough as the mullet are very spooky and the boat doesn’t move much if the tide is weak.  After an hour we had about half a dozen mullet and a couple big ladyfish.  We went fishing with what we had and first bait in the water we hooked a nice 80 lb tarpon that we landed.  After that a large blacktip, and a few smaller blacktips, and a big 150 lb lemon shark.  Caught some ladyfish in a ditch nearby and tried again on the last of the incoming tide and the little blacktip sharks at us alive.  Any day you catch a tarpon is a good day though, we have some colder weather coming so it may shut the tarpon down for a few days but hopefully won’t drive them away.  If your thinking of booking a spring tarpon fishing in the florida keys trip let me know, the rest of my february is already booked up and only a few days left open in march!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

february islamorada tarpon

february islamorada tarpon

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