6/18/17 Mid June Half Day Tarpon Fishing Charter Islamorada

Got out with return customer Joe and his buddy Tim this morning for a tarpon charter.  We had bait from the other day and only fished a half day so we stayed local.  We found some fish early on with the last trickle of incoming tide before sunrise.  We got a bite within 10 minutes, and Joe caught a nice 75 lb fish!  After that I was hoping we’d get one more shot before the tide quit, but alas it was not to be.  We ran out to the oceanside to catch the start of the falling tide, it was pretty windy out of the south but not too crazy.  We didn’t see any fish rolling, but did see a couple jumpers so there was a handful around.  But we didn’t get any bites after a couple more moves.  We went down to the bigger bridges to try, saw a handful of fish rolling around the bridge.  We saw one boat catch one and moved down nearer to that area after fishing a little bit.  We caught a sting ray and never had another tarpon bite unfortunately.  Anyways glad to have gotten one.  I normally recommend doing 3/4 or full days to get into the backcountry this time of year, though with the wind blowing and rainstorms around today (and since we already had bait) sometimes staying local makes more sense.  Though often the bite is early so better make those count like we did today!  1 for 1

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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6/17/17 June Tarpon Fishing in Everglades National Park

Well it was nice to be a rockstar today after a couple slower days in a row.  Fishing hasn’t been easy but if you get in the right spot at the right time, it’s been very good.  Thats what we did today.  First stop we found a good number of tarpon and the sharks weren’t too bad.  We were able to catch several and then do other things the rest of the day.  I had my regular customers Barry Bicket and Sarah Cross over from the UK.  The last couple hours of incoming tide produced four bites and we landed all four fish.  After that we caught a bunch of snook and a few redfish, just one of those days where everything cooperated, which those days have been few and far between as of late!  Bait was thick with several big balls of mullet seen as we ran out, though as we lose our morning incoming tide that bait may got much tougher to catch.  Looks like we have some wind the next few days with some bad weather possible tomorrow too.    I have a half day will probably stay close to home, hopefully we can catch one early on!  4 for 4

6/15/17 – Had return customer Chase out with his brother Grant and father.  We had a tough day never really found many tarpon that wanted to cooperate.  Plenty of sharks though.  We did find one decent group of tarpon in the late morning, but just couldn’t get them to bite.  We worked hard at it too.  0 for 0

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6/14/17 Half Day June Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada

Got out with Emory today for a half day tarpon fishing charter.  Normally I don’t do many half day trips this time of year since the bait is much easier to catch in the backcountry, and the fishing is usually better too.  But we had a slow day back there yesterday and I was able to save some bait, so figured wed just try to hit some local spots early and hope it’d be better for us.  The early bite was good though it was all over by 7:00. We caught a nice fish of about 75 lbs, and then had another one on that we pulled the hook on.  After that things slowed down.  We ran down to the bigger bridges, didn’t see a whole lot of anything, no more bites in a few spots down there.  Tried out on the oceanside and did find a handful of fish out there, but the tide was dying and they were not responding.  We tried back near home for the last 30 minutes and had the incoming tide, but didn’t see much.  Anyways glad we went early and got our fish.  Tomorrow I’ve got a full day, may try locally first thing and then shoot back into the backcountry.  I heard today it was much better where I was fishing yesterday… as I’ve been saying it’s really day to day, one day they are pulling you out of the boat, the next day you don’t even get a sniff!  1 for 2

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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6/13/17 June Tarpon Fishing Report Islamorada

Got out with Joe and Cara down from Ohio today.  Tarpon was on their list and they wanted to pull on ‘big stuff.’  We focused on that and did a 3/4 day.  I caught some mullet on the way out, we found some big massive schools where it was fairly easy to load up.  We hit the channels where I’d been having some luck, though today luck wasn’t on our side.  We had a variety of sharks in the first stop, moved around a little, but no tarpon love.  We tried out at the channel ends where I had found a good pack yesterday and had caught several, but today again no love though we did get a big sawfish.  A boat next to us on the other side of the channel did get in front of a couple fish and had a couple bites, landing one.  Next stop we finally actually saw a fish roll, and we moved to get in front of it.  Though again no bites, just a bunch of bonnethead sharks.  We hit one more channel and again made a couple moves, but didn’t see much.  Got a big blacktip shark and then a nurse shark, and that was all she wrote.  Joe and Cara had a good time though and did get to catch some big stuff, and the sawfish was really cool something they’d never seen in Ohio!  Tough day just not many tarpon out back right now, and I heard the local ‘around town’ bite was slow as well, though there were some fish around locally.  Not sure what I’m going to do tomorrow, may try some local spots early and hope we can get one while it’s still dark.  Really hope some new fish show up and fast!  0 for 0

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6/12/17 Tarpon Fishing in June in Islamorada

Got out with Scott, Charlie, and Roger over from Texas today for some islamorada tarpon fishing in the everglades national park.  We headed out early and stopped to  catch bait on the way.  With the winds back in the eastern quadrant and not blowing insanely, conditions have vastly improved from last week.  Bait was plentiful and easy to catch, we even saw some large balls of bait in several areas which is great to see… summer time bait is showing up!  We headed straight to where we found tarpon yesterday morning.  Marked a few on the bottom but not rollers.  We couldn’t get a bite though, watched another boat come in about 20 minutes after us, and get two bites back to back and land 1 fish.  Frustrating when that happens!  I moved 3 times trying to get in front of some hungry fish, but just wasn’t happening for us so I bailed out.  Was headed back to the mainland to try, though saw another boat coming back from that way who had part of the same party as me.  He said there wasn’t much out there, so we just turned around and fished out towards the end of the channels we were just in.  We got lucky and a few fish floated by us and soon we hooked one!  After that we proceeded to catch two more, and saw a few rolling around too as storms came in.  We got soaked, but it was well worth it.  We left the fish for the other boat that was with us so they could try to catch some, and finished the day with some large lemon shark, a cobia, and some other sharks.  Some days you just have to keep grinding on the tarpon to make it happen.  It’s tempting after 3, 4, 5 moves to just give up and try for easier fish, but persistence sometimes pays off in a big way.  That’s tarpon fishing.  3 for 3

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