8/16/14 Florida Keys August Tarpon Fishing Report

Well I can’t get a break people keep wanting to go fishing and I’m just can’t say no especially when the fishing has been this consistent and good!  For tarpon fishing islamorada in august this is excellent!  Had Tom and Kim from Alabama today they ran into me at the dock while cleaning a few fish yesterday.  He wanted to put Kim on a tarpon and wouldn’t mind one himself.  So we did just that, ran in the back caught a few baits.  Baits were there but not real easy but we wrangled up 30 or so.  Had the last of the incoming water I fished a channel for the first 45 minutes since we’d have slack water further out for a while.  No bites just some sharks.  Then we ran out off the beach and caught last little bit of the change of the tide.  More sharks, then once the water started going out we saw a few tarpon free jump.  Finally hooked one and Tom landed it a nice 45 lb fish.  Then Kim got hers a 30 lber that was very acrobatic.  Then we jumped another one off.  And a bunch of blacktips in between to keep us busy!  Ran out of bait and then came home.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

8/15/14 East Cape Tarpon Fishing in August

Back at it again today.  I had some bait from yesterday so we got a later 7 AM start.  Ran into the backcountry off east cape sable.  Tarpon were there and fishing was good.  We had good falling tide all morning and light southwest winds.  Lots of action with blacktip sharks.  And we went 2 for 2 on tarpon, one 30 lber and another 50-60 lber.  The august tarpon fishing in islamorada is good and fishing has been consistent as you can see.  It’s very nice I am often the only boat out there and have it all to myself!  But I don’t have any more charters booked and and am going out of town tuesday for a couple weeks then getting married on the 30th.  I may end up going over the weekend but otherwise you may not hear from me for a little bit.  If your looking to go tarpon fishing and I’m unavailable I can recommend some great guides who are so just drop me a line!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

8/14/14 Flamingo Tarpon Fishing in August

Gave ’em a break yesterday and got a nice day off!  Today we were back at it.  Fishing was pretty good we caught mullet as usual first thing in the morning.  Baits were not real easy but not too tough, had to make about 6 throws to get my 3 dozen baits.  Off to the fishing grounds.  Tide was just starting to fall when we got out there.  Same general area I’ve been fishing this week.  Lots of small blacktips, but got a tarpon eventually.  Then more shark action and then we started seeing a few tarpon blowing up in the area – free jumping!  Soon after we jumped another tarpon, then immediatly after the other rod went off and we hooked that fish.  Landed that tarpon and then some more sharks, but got a 4th bite we landed just before 10:00.  So 3 for 4 on the tarpons, all fish between 30 and 50 lbs, and plenty of blacktip sharks.  Good fishing!  We finished the day with some snook and snapper action.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

8/12/14 August Backcounty Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada

Well more fishing off the beaches of cape sable today.  We caught mullet early in the morning, last of the incoming tide in my usual spot they were there.  Ran out off of east cape.  Saw one fish bust and we ran to set up nearby.  Unfortunately a rain storm was close and we got a little wet but nothing too crazy.  We did not have a tarpon bite just a few small sharks so after a little bit we moved further down just where I had caught fish yesterday.  Saw a few bust inshore of us but hung out.  After a bit we finally had a nice tarpon on, caught a 45 lber.  Another 20 minutes later we caught another about 30 lbs.  Very acrobatic summer time fish, one almost jumped in the boat!  We also caught some small sharks again.  Then we fished some structure and caught a small goliath and hooked into a monster blacktip shark!  I saw him jump 100 yards out and it looked like a monster bull shark but they don’t jump like that.  Unfortunately never got a good look at him up close as he took off when we got near him and then we had too much pressure and broke the line.  But all in all a successful morning each angler got a tarpon, then we caught a few nice snappers for dinner!  August florida keys tarpon fishing marches on!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

8/11/14 Mid August Tarpon Fishing East Cape Sable

Got a 3/4 day in today we left early at 6 for our florida keys tarpon fishing in august.  I had mullet from yesterday so we tried to catch some pilchards as we originally had a full day planned.  Bait was not cooperative though only pinfish and snappers came up.  So we ran and tarpon fished off the beaches of east cape sable.  A boat was fishing where I had been sitting lately so I fished another area nearby, we did not have any luck early though I spotted a free jumping fish off in the distance a couple hundred yards.  We had good falling tide though with the super moon.  About 10 minutes later I saw another bust so we reeled our lines up and trolled over there.  We set up and within 15 minutes we had a nice 65 lb tarpon on!  He swam back at the boat with bait in his mouth and jumped off the bow, very exciting he did not know he was hooked.  We chased and caught him and set back up.  Hooked a double header though one spit the bait and we caught the other one, a 30 lb fish.  Then we had about a 40 lber that went crazy jumping and we landed him quickly.  It was about slack tide and little blacktip sharks went crazy.  We tried to fish some muds for trout and not much action, and I talked the guys into calling it a shorter day since we did not have other bait and it was flat calm and very hot, not looking like conditions for a productive afternoon.  When you catch 3 tarpon in the morning this time of year, sometimes it makes sense to just be happy with that and call it a day!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk