4/29/18 Tarpon Fishing in April in Everglades National Park

Had Tony, Zack, and Andre out for day two today.  Yesterday they all marked tarpon off their list so pressure was off today.  I figured we’d mix it up a bit and caught some pilchards to start the day.  We tried some snook areas first and found a few good fish in one spot, and then mostly jack crevelles in the rest.  But Andre got a nice 10 lb snook though!  We then spent some time catching some mullet which was work but we got what we needed.  We checked some areas for tarpon since it was flat calm and found a load of them!  We had to move around but got on a hot bite, we ended up hooking two double headers and a few others too!  Unfortunately they were smaller sized fish and were coming unbuttoned easily, but we did manage to land two at least.  After that the wind kicked up and the tarpon seemed to disappear, so we tried a few more spots for snook on the way home.  Not much luck but we did get a nice big mangrove snapper and another jack.  Anyways great day and I’ll be back at it tomorrow.  Found a big school of mullet this afternoon so I was able to load up on bait.  Looks like the winds will start cranking unfortunately, but hopefully the tarpon will stay somewhat happy!  2 for 6

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4/28/18 April Islamorada Tarpon Fishing Full Day Florida Keys

Got out with Tony and his son Zack and friend Andre for a day of tarpon fishing.  The boys were down from NJ and Andre had never caught a tarpon so they were hoping for him to get one.  We had a bit of weather out in the bay early so we ran a different route getting out.  Not much for bait around luckily I had some stashed away from a few days ago that was still in good shape.  We looked around several areas I hadn’t fished much lately and didn’t see a whole lot for tarpon activity to start.  Though after a few looks we came across one area with a good slug of fish!  We set up and got Andre hooked up pretty quickly with a nice 50 lb tarpon!  The winds kicked up after that and it howled out of the northwest.  The tarpon seemed to scatter as we didn’t get another bite there.  We moved around a tried another area nearby, saw a couple fish but no bite though Zack got a blacktip shark.  We looked in a few other areas and didn’t see much, and then we waited for the tide to start in as we looked more.  Eventually came across another school of good fish, as soon as we got lined up again we got bit straight away and Tony got a nice 80 lb tarpon!  These fish stuck around and we then got Zack a smaller guy about a 35 lb tarpon.  A few more sharks and then we were out of bait!  We looked around on the way home for bait since the guys have me again tomorrow, caught a little bit in some shallow muds but they weren’t really easy.  Looked around several bridges and channels near home but not much at all there plus busy weekend on a saturday.  Anyways I’ll be looking for some bait in the AM, but since these guys all caught tarpon today the pressure is off so we may mix it up with some other stuff tomorrow too!  3 for 3

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4/26/18 April Fishing for tarpon in the Florida Keys

Got out with return customer Bill and his dad Bill down from Pittsburgh.  We got out early and after some tarpon.  Found a good new school in an area which was great to see.  Good numbers of fish all fresh and happy looking.  We had dead tide when we got there but after a little bit of time we still managed a bite and Bill Sr. caught a big 130 lb tarpon!  Great fight and nice jumps.  The tide got rolling and we jumped one more right away then had a bunch of sharks.  We moved around a bit and then Bill Jr. got a nice 50 lb tarpon.  We ended up with two more tarpon in the 80 and 100 lb range, just great fishing!  We finished our day catching a couple triple tails to eat and a few trout as well.  I’m off tomorrow and back at it Saturday.  Looks like the weekend weather will be fantastic and suppose to stay calm.  But then on Monday the wind machine is cranking up a bit and it’s going to blow 15-20 all week so it says right now.  But at least it’s a good direction north east.  Hopefully the tarpon will stay happy I think they will as we are in prime time now.  4 for 5

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4/25/18 Tarpon Fishing Islamorada Late April

Got out with Doug and Allen today for their last morning with me.  We fished last night and had good fishing on my only night trip of the year.  Winds were steady out of the north and a bit chilly but not real cold.  I thought the fishing would be a bit better then it was.  We didn’t do much early on and took a while to find some live bait.  We did finally get some and then set up and as we were trolling around the bridge we had a big fish destroy a mullet!  It was a commotion  getting through the bridge but we did and landed the fish in spectacular fashion!  A nice 90 lber or so.  It was good we got it boatside for pictures as the fish last night didn’t cooperate for that.  Didn’t do much after that and only saw one other fish caught.  Back to my full day routine tomorrow and possibly going to head out into the backcountry depending what the winds do, heard some fish had moved into some areas back there.  Would love to get away from the crowds again!  1 for 1

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4/24/18 Islamorada half day tarpon fishing morning and evening

Got out for two half days today morning and evening fishing around islamorada for tarpon.  Actually this morning we did a 3/4 day 6 hour trip.  We left early and I was glad we did.  Fishing was good to start we hooked 3 tarpon and landed 2 in the first hour.  After that the tide quit and it was very slow to get going the other way.  Also very calm and clear water, so not ideal for our tarpon fishing locally!  We moved around a bit and saw plenty of fish but didn’t have much action after that.  We ran all the way further south to the bigger bridges and gave it a whirl there.  Just a ton of fish but not much doing, we saw a couple boats catch fish out of the dozen or so that were there in about an hour.  By 10:30 though we had a bit of activity, we hooked a fish on our flourocarbon leader as i had to scale down due to the clear water.  Unfortunately though he went through the leader right away, sometimes that’s the problem with doing that you get the bites but they don’t often stay on there.  Some guys leave the drags super light and just race them down to get a ‘catch’ but sometimes thats what you must do.  Anyways after that we had a few good cheap shots and blow ups on our live baits but no other takes.  2 for 4

This evening was a little better we didn’t find much at our first stop, a few fish but no action aside from bonnet head sharks.  At one of the bridges though we found a pile of tarpon and they were fairly happy.  We had 3 solid bites and landed two nice fish on our live baits.  Didn’t cooperate for good boat pictures though as we pulled the hooks as soon as we really started to pull on them.  We had another 7 or 8 fish blow up our mullets too which was very exciting.  By 7:00 though the tides slowed down again and everything seemed to die out.  Anyways two good trips landing a couple tarpon on each one, we’ll take it!  Looks like we have some wind swinging around with a weak cold front we are getting, but not going to blow very hard nor should the temperatures drop.  Have a half day with my guys from this evening tomorrow, hopefully it’ll be good!  2 for 3

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