Tarpon Season 2017

We’re well into May and this year is going by fast!  Fishing this season has been pretty good, I’ll say definitely better than 2016 by what I’ve seen.  Though probably not quite as good as the few years before that.  We had a lot of wind in April, and although February/early March was warm and we had decent ‘early season’ fishing for tarpon, later March and April on a whole was cooler than normal.  A few late fronts coupled with 20-25 mph winds never let the water warm up much past the mid 70 degree range.  This made the tarpon fishing a little difficult, but for the most part I still had pretty solid fishing considering the not so favorable conditions.  I had recently just fished a couple of tougher half day trips where we just couldn’t get tarpon to bite though did manage some sharks, but today we had a whole day and that gave us time to fish multiple areas/tide, and we had a banner day today landing four tarpon.  We’re coming off  the full moon and had a late cold front hit us a a little under a week ago, so I think that had messed the fish up a little bit but hopefully there back to normal now.  It’s definitely starting to feel like ‘summer time’ as waters get into the 80 degree range and the winds have subsided to under 10 mph most days.  This is my favorite time of year for tarpon fishing, as the conditions are stable and the fish are much more predictable!

I’m usually recommending from here on out fishing full day or 3/4 day trips.  Being that I’ve just had a child a couple months ago, I’m still not doing any evening trips, and the local half day fishing during the mornings gets a little more hit and miss as the mullet start to thin out.   On the evening half day trips you can rely more on your crab fishing, and that gets better as you get closer to dark especially on the falling tides.  However with the morning half day trips it’s the opposite, so if you don’t hit ’em first thing often your fishing gets tougher and tougher.  You can definitely still catch them locally on half day trips, but for me I am just dialed in on the early morning everglades thing, so that is what I prefer.  That again just requires at least a 3/4 day as it’s an hour run or more going back there.  Getting out there early gives you some very good opportunities, and bait is often much easier to catch.

I’m pretty much all booked up through the end of June, though may possibly have a day open here or there so don’t be afraid to ask.  July is filling in nicely and about half way filled up.  July, August, and even September/October can still be very good for tarpon fishing though it isn’t always the case.  July usually always is a very good month, August is a little more hit and miss but is usually pretty good at least for the first couple weeks.  Last year we had some of the best tarpon fishing we had all year in September and October believe it or not, just check out my reports those months!  If you are interested in tarpon fishing drop me a line, if I’m not available I’m more than happy to make recommendations.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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