Today the fishing was much better than yesterday for the big backcountry tarpon fishing charters. We ran back into the everglades where we had hooked a fish yesterday. Very early the end of the falling tide was fishable – none of the red nasty weed that was balling up yesterday all over every bait making it unfishable. We caught 2 out of 4 big tarpon, plus a few other sharks and such. The everglades tarpon fishing should hopefully continue to be good through the week, however the falling water and first of the incoming tide are a must with the nasty, red weed that is coming in from the gulf. These bad boys all ate dead mullet on the bottom.
Had an early morning trip this morning going after some tarpon fishing islamorada. We hit some of the local bridges which often hold fish year round, though in the spring are home to many migrating fish as well. We did some channel 5 bridge tarpon fishing. The tide was incoming all morning, we left at 6 AM and hit it early. No bites in the darkness surprisingly. Moved around once we could see a bit and found some fish rolling at some other pilings. We had 3 bites on live mullets on the surface though weren’t able to drive the hooks into any of them. No bites on the bottom baits, and a couple other bust the mullets and miss them. The tarpon have been around though appears to be mostly local fish. Though now that the weather is stabilizing I imagine a lot of migrators should show up!
Well the rain and wind didn’t stop us from venturing out to squeeze a half day islamorada tarpon fishing charter in. It actually was fairly nice the winds did not howl till later in the day, and not much rain in the Islamorada area only a drizzle on the way home. Mullet were everywhere again though we had some from yesterday. We had a couple bites on bottom baits, and a couple nice lively strikes on the live surface baits as well. We ended up catching 2 out of 4 tarpon. Also caught 2 big nurse sharks, and a monster size jack crevalle. All in all a fun day, beats sitting in the hotel room twiddling your thumbs!
Well been getting back to tarpon fishing now that the last cold front had been over. The last few nights had been a little tough, we went 0/3 last night losing a fish in the bridge and not getting tight on the 2 before that, but that is tarpon fishing in islamorada for you. Today we made up for it though we went 4/4 in the backcountry everglades tarpon fishing this morning by 10 am. This evening we did an evening tarpon fishing charter and went 4/9 which is great fishing. All fish on live fresh caught mullet this morning! 8/13 in a day, woo hoo! The wind is suppose to crank tomorrow and blow 30+ mph so may not be good fishing for a few days, plus the temperature will dip slightly but not too cold. We may try dead baiting a bit around the channels as there won’t be many other options, but that is a good one for a day like that!
Caught big tarpon yesterday and today on 3/24/13 and 3/25/13 despite fronts, winds, rain, and non-ideal conditions. Yesterday in the backcountry we got a big 100+ lber along with plenty of sharks. Today we got about a 75 lb local fish with some fresh mullet we caught nearby. The cold fronts that are coming tonight will likely make tarpon fishing in islamorada a little tough for the week, but not impossible.