2019 Islamorada Tarpon Season is here!

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May is half way over – wow!  This season sure has flown by quick.  Tarpon fishing is pretty good still.  We’re not having the knock-out fishing we had a couple weeks ago, the bite in the Islamorada area at least has slown down somewhat.  Still plenty of fish to catch, but just not the big numbers of migrating fish we had a while back.  Some days you really have to work at it and they aren’t so happy, other days you may get several.  Sounds like they are getting a lot of them down at Bahia Honda now closer to Big Pine Key.  Usually when that is going off down there, it’s a little slower in our neck of the woods – totally normal.  But I’ve been finding some fish in the backcountry which has been nice, maybe we’ll get a nice early start to our summer time fishery come June.

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.

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

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