8/18/2020 Late August Tarpon Report for Islamorada

Well had few days off over the weekend to relax and got back to the grind today.  We fished a 3/4 day, good conditions with it nice & calm.  I had leftover bait from Friday that I had iced good so we were good on that front and didn’t have to spend time catching it.  Fishing was a little tougher today, had falling tide for the first couple hours of the trip.  Found some fish where we had been crushing them last week, but today they seemed in a different mood… moving around a lot and I think the big body of them just worked their way right out of the area as soon as we got there.  We spent some time looking and saw a handful of stragglers, but no response when we put out our baits just a few sharks.  We moved to another area and found a load of tarpon here.  Lots of little guys in the 20 lb range but a few larger ones mixed in too.  Sharks weren’t too bad and I thought we were going to crush them, but they didn’t seem real happy either.  We definitely had them rolling and splashing all around us, and I had my fingers crossed they’d fire off any second.  But we fished for 45 minutes or so there before the tide quit.  Then right when it changed I said be ready maybe they’ll fire up with the tide change.  Sure enough we got a bite and caught a nice tarpon, unfortunately he broke off on the leader boatside as we got tip wrapped while I was leadering the fish and he kicked once and snapped off.  But a good catch none the less.  After that though, the tarpon really seemed to settle and drift out again.  We ran around and saw a few more splashing, set up again but no bites though we did get some more sharks, a tripletail, and a big lemon shark.  Was about time to head in and we gave it an extra 20 minutes in another channel.  We did end up seeing a few more tarpon here, and moved a couple times and got another bite out of one.  Though unfortunately he didn’t stay on the hook.  So tougher fishing compared to last week, had to work hard to catch 1!  But good news was we did see plenty of fish, and saw them in several areas.  So hopefully they’ll turn back on again here soon.  Have a few more days fishing this week though may not be doing tarpon a whole lot, but it could still be good through October here so don’t be afraid to ask!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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Mid August YouTube Fishing Report

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Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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8/14/2020 August Florida Keys Tarpon Fishing Report

Well been on the tarpon still the last few days.  August has continued to impress me.  We’ve still been working the same school of fish as of a few days ago but they’ve stayed fairly happy.  We caught 3 yesterday and then moved on to other stuff.  Today we had to work them a little more and move a few times, but we did manage to land 3 again, and put another 3 or 4 in the air.  After we got situated we got several bites.  But some times the fish are moving around a lot and you have to move with them… other times you can sit and they keep coming to you which is nice.  But overall still a great bite and again today we did other stuff later, decent snook and redfish fishing and still quite a few tripletails floating around.

I’m off for a few days over the weekend, and have a couple days booked next week.  But again things are really slowing down now that mini season/early lobster season is done with.  I feel like we are going to continue to have a productive August for tarpon as July was a bit slower this year.  And September/October can be good so don’t sleep on that.  Also I offer some discounted trips in those months, so you if you want to book a couple days it’s a little more affordable.  Plus rooms at Bud & Mary’s are on off season rates too.  Also be sure to check out and subscribe to my YouTube channel for some video reports, and more fishing shows as things slow down a little for me these next few months.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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8/11/2020 August Everglades Tarpon Fishing

Got out with Thomas and Rebecca for a full day!  We fished an area I hadn’t been in a little bit, there were a good amount of fish there a couple weeks ago before the tropical storm graze but since then it had dried up.  But we checked first thing in the AM and it was loaded!  We ended up catching 6 tarpon in under an hour – amazing!  Mostly 30-40 lbers, but we hooked a couple double headers just simply as good as it gets.  After that we left ’em alone but there were a few more for the taking.  We finished the day with some tripletails, jacks, and had a couple snooks get eaten by sharks unfortunately.  But August fishing for tarpon is very good, seems we are getting are excellent ‘summer bite’ a little late this year.  Days are available the last couple weeks, and plenty in September too that can still be good don’t sleep on it!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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8/8/2020 + 8/9/2020 August tarpon fishing in the Florida Keys!

Got out with Mike and Joe for a couple of days.  Day 1 we focused on tarpon in the backcountry.  We found a nice fish early on, a good size one for the summer 75 lbs or so.  We got drenched in the process of fighting her but it was well worth it!  After that things slowed down but we found some more fish later in the day and had a fantastic end to the trip landing 3 more tarpon!  Also caught a tripletail, some sharks, and a few other odds & ends.  Today we focused on some goliath grouper and we caught a half dozen of those, smaller fish in the 5 to 30 lb range mostly on lighter tackle which was fun.  But we caught another tarpon on the way home.

Anyways the fishing in August is looking pretty good still for tarpon.  We’re seeing a lot of bait around and have had lighter winds, and sticking more to the easterly direction aside from the tropical storm we had nearby a week ago.  So far it seems a bit more consistent than our July, so don’t be surprised if we have good fishing through into October for tarpon.  After this coming week, I have plenty of availability.  Don’t be afraid to ask about tarpon fishing, I’ll shoot you straight if I think it’s worth going or not – to be honest in the off season I’d rather stay home if I don’t think the fishing is going to be good.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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