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July is here! This is usually one of my best months for catching tarpon in numbers here in Islamorada… Not always the big monsters, but many in the 20-60 lb range that are residents that live here all year long. Spawning is done and these fish are moving back into the bays and ready to feed. As of now I’ll say it’s been fair fishing the last couple weeks – we’ve had a few days that I’d call good (getting 5 or more bites), but many where we’ve been fishing for two or three bites a trip. Still OK, but not quite the red hot fishing we had last year at this time (where we often were getting double digit bites). It definitely could still be coming, I kind of feel like we’re overdue for a good window of ‘easy’ fishing where things are like clockwork for us with the bait and tarpon cooperating. This really can happen anytime, we had stellar fishing in September last year. August and October can be very good as well. It’s fishing you never know unless you go – but just don’t think it’s too late to catch tarpon here in the Florida Keys.
New boat is in service now! She’s running great and catching lots of fish. Very fast, comfortable, and roomy for my clients. I’ll update boat info when I get some time been so busy it’s tough to keep up. Read/see more about the new Contender Bay Boat here!
Also I’m offering discounted trip rates for the 2019 off season (September through November). I’ve normally not really offered discounts on my trips for a variety of reasons, however next year as mentioned I’m taking more days off in the busy season so I really would like to fill my off season in a little more. If you are interested in coming down at that time you can get some good deals on fishing and room rates. Once I start to fill in those days though I may no longer off these great rates, so start planning early if you can! September and October can still be good months for tarpon, November is not as much but we have really good fishing for other species. Check out my discounted trip rates here.
IMPORTANT: All anglers starting Jan 10th, 2019 will be required to have an Everglades Visitors Pass when fishing in the park. You can obtain one via internet/phone at http://www.yourpassnow.com and select Everglades National Park. Most of my fishing is inside the park, so check with me but more than likely you will need one. You can also buy an annual/lifetime pass at store.usgs.gov. However if we are tarpon fishing locally around bridges it will not be necessary – though I am not doing this so much these days. Just check with me beforehand.
Capt. Rick Stanczyk