4/28/15 Keys Tarpon Fishing Report

Tougher luck today I had the same customers as yesterday.  They wanted to fish the backcountry again.  Bait was tough this morning we didn’t get any on the early morning run.  Did manage to catch a few mullet on the way back around some of the islands.  We fished the channel we did so well at yesterday afternoon but today it was a different story.  Caught the start of the incoming tide but no tarpon activity just a couple shark bites.  Tried some other channels and only sharks.  We bent the rod with some trout, ladyfish, snapper, and other small things.  Missed one nice snook bite pitching some pinfish at the mangroves.  Then tried in the afternoon for tarpon again though just a sting ray is all we got.  Wind had swung around hard out of the south and fished moved around apparently.  Looks like lots of rain tomorrow not sure if we will get out or not, but have a half day tarpon trip on the books.  0 for 0

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

4/27/15 Everglades Tarpon Fishing in late April

Went back into the everglades today my customers wanted to fish back there instead around the bridges and local areas.  It was a slow start we did have some shark action including a little baby hammerhead though tarpon were not to be found.  We tried 3 different spots and never saw the first one.  The water actually was fairly pretty with a nice incoming tide and a light west wind behind it.  Perhaps the strange westerly wind combined with the heat had pushed them out of those areas.  Anyways we ran to one last place in the afternoon and we found them finally.  We managed to go 3 for 3 on nice tarpon, one 35 lber and the other two were 80 lbs.  Great way to finish the day and I have the same guys tomorrow so we’ll likely be back there again.  3 for 3

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

4/26/15 Half Day Tarpon Fishing Florida Keys

Had Darrell and Todd out for the last morning today.  We cut it to a half day since they had to get to the airport.  Bait was a little tougher this morning.  Didn’t see much early though we found some on the way back and got a good crack on them.  We fished around town locally had 1 bite right off the bat and got him up near the boat and had wind on leader on our rod, but then he jumped off.  So a long distance release.  We had a couple cheap shots after that and then it quieted down.  A couple other boats around us had hooked up but not crazy action.  We went down to another bridge and lots of boats were sitting and waiting.  We tried for a bit then ran back into the bay to another spot.  We put baits out and hooked a nice 60 lb fish we fought for a little while and landed.  That was about it we headed in around 10:30 so they could catch their flight.  So a little slower than the last couple days but overall they still had stellar fishing.  2 for 2

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

4/25/15 End of April Tarpon Fishing Report

Had Todd and Darrell again today.  We stuck it out for the whole day.  Caught mullet good early this morning.  Fished around town we had falling tide most all of the morning.  We caught one big fish right off the bat on the bayside.  A nice 110 lb fish for Darrell his biggest tarpon yet.  Ate a nice live mullet off the surface.  After that we ran down to the bridges again.  Fishing wasn’t as insane as yesterday but was pretty good for us.  No action on live baits but we got some bites on dead bait and went 2 for 5 down there.  After the tide quit we came back up the road to some ocean side spots I hadn’t fished in a while.  Lots of fish out there but unfortunately they beat us up.  We had 5 bites on live bait and just missed all 5 of them for no good reason.  Though we landed 3 fish for the day and still nice to have action all throughout the day at every spot.  3 for 11

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

4/24/15 Florida Keys Bridge Tarpon Fishing in April

Well after yesterday I was a little nervous about the fishing today.  We tried a spot where we had good luck last night and saw fish all over the place rolling.  But again they just did not want to eat.  We had a couple blow up our baits, but not in the normal fashion where you see them trying to eat it.  These fish almost just skyrocketed straight out of the water right near the mullet but never grabbed him.  Anyways after an hour we decided to switch things up and try somewhere totally new where I hadn’t been in a while.  We saw plenty of fish and set up near some structure.  Soon we had fish chasing our baits and it was crazy action.  We landed 5 tarpon out of 15 or so bites, I honestly lost count.  I know we went through 18 live mullets though, a few of them cudas got, but thats how good the action was.  We also caught 3 on dead bait too.  Anyways we had 2 and a half hours of balls to the wall insane fishing with the last of the falling tide.  Once we ran out of bait we went to look for more and caught a little bit in a big mud.  Though we decided to cut the day to a 3/4 day and save the rest of our bait for tomorrow as I’m fishing the same party again.  Tough to top our morning anyways and didn’t make sense to go through tons of bait to maybe get one more bite after seeing what the morning was like.  5 for 15

Capt. Rick Stanczyk