January Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada

Guess what… warm winter, 75 degree water temperatures, gorgeous powder blue water coming in from the reef… whats that mean?  It’s possible to catch tarpon fishing islamorada in january!  We’ve heard several BIG reports from the last 3 nights of fishing.  Leaving the dock early in the wee hours of the morning, fish have been chomping.  Tarpon were caught in over half a dozen different locations by one guide on 2 different nights, 9 in total, and one bonus large 30 lb permit!  If the conditions are right, don’t be afraid to ask about january tarpon fishing islamorada.  This all has to do mainly with the water temperatures.  These local fish are here all year long, they don’t like it when it gets below 70, and much below that they just take off for warmer ocean currents.  So if your interested in trying this, talk to the pros.  We don’t steer people to something that isn’t worth trying – we’d much rather have you be a happy return customer.  This time of year especially, hitting the tides right is every-important.  Your going to want every advantage you can have.  Tarpon are generally nocturnal feeders, often times you can hit it right and you’ll hear them going nuts on everything from mullet, crabs, shrimp, ballyhoo, pilchards… whatever poor unfortunate baitfish are in the area!  The nice thing about this time of year tarpon fishing islamorada is that the fish have been left alone for several months, so they are likely not going to be nearly as picky as they can be in, say, April or May (prime time)!  Just food for thought…

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
305-747-6903
rick@islamoradatarpon.com

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December Islamorada Tarpon Fishing

Did you know Islamorada is one of the only destinations worldwide that you can go tarpon fishing year round?  Yes it is true the spring and summer are often better due to the ‘spring tarpon migration‘.  However resident tarpon live around Islamorada and in the Florida Everglades year round.  The weather is going to dictate whether or not it is feasible to fish for them – they really do not like cold weather so when a cold front is chilling down the water temperatures it will likely not help your cause fishing for tarpon in islamorada.  However, if temperatures are above 70 degrees you should have a shot.  The resident tarpon are usually smaller in size than the migrators, however they often still can reach 100 lbs, however average more in the 40-60 lb range.  In the spring time it is not uncommon to have fish 150 lbs or better rolling next to your boat!  Now while december islamorada tarpon fishing is likely going to be one of the slowest months in general for tarpon fishing, that doesn’t mean it is impossible.  For instance, this year up until now the water temperatures have still been 75 degrees.  While I myself have not fished for any tarpon, I have seen a few around in different areas.  From the local bridges such as channel 5 and channel 2, all the way back to around flamingo and further west to cape sable we’ve been seeing islamorada tarpon.  This time of year, with the right water temperature, it’s likely just a matter of finding some fish – they will be somewhere!  However your guide will explain the odds, often times we are just not in ‘tarpon mode’ so we haven’t been actively fishing for them, and while we may be able to check a couple spots, it may not be feasible to spend a lot of time looking.  So have fun when your visiting and remember it’s possible for december florida keys tarpon fishing!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
305-747-6903
rick@islamoradatarpon.com

December islamorada tarpon