3/5/20 March Tarpon Fishing in the Everglades

Got out with Drew and Larry for the day.  We weren’t exactly planning on tarpon fishing, but it ended up being slicked out and just looked like the day for it.  I didn’t have any mullet but we had some pinfish, a few crabs, and plenty of shrimp.  Found the mother load of tarpon and we decided to let the boys cast with their own gear at tarpon.  Sure enough they were fired up!  Larry was dialed in and he hooked and landed 4 tarpon.  Drew got to pull on one at the end we hooked on a crab… swore it was a permit as we had seen hundres of permit floating by us and were trying to get a bite, got one and it screamed drag and never jumped for a bit.  But sure enough it did eventually and ended up being our 5th tarpon!  But we broke him off as a shark tried to eat him.  Finished the day with a couple dozen snook and redfish.  Just banner fishing!  Check out the YouTube video!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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2/18/20 February Tarpon Fishing getting red hot!

Got out for a full day today as well as yesterday.  Big numbers of tarpon showing up.  Happy as well!  Yesterday we landed a couple and missed 1 more.  60-70 lb fish.  Sharks were active too.  But they kinda shut off around 10 AM or so and we didn’t get much action later in the day, but we did break the day up catching some redfish and snook in between.  Today the wind was cranking and I didn’t think it’d be as good but figured we’d have a shot to catch one.  But they were snappin’ we hooked 5 and landed 4 big tarpon, all in the 85 to 120 lb range!  Even missed a double header bite which you don’t get many of in February!  Awesome day and again we broke it up catching some snook and redfish after we were done with the silver kings.  Two days ago we also caught a big tarpon for my niece Casey, and missed a few others but epic day of fishing just finished the YouTube video which i’ll link below.  Exciting to see, so far this season looks very similar to last season with the numbers of fish and areas they are showing up, even the bait patterns are similar so far.  Very interesting.  Anyways, should be good fishing through until Saturday, then we have a cold front coming in.  I don’t think it’ll blow the tarpon out too much but likely shut ’em down for a couple days at least until it calms down again.  But all in all I think that’s a good thing, don’t want to get them too beat up too early!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
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2/16/20 February Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada

Well we finally got some warm calm weather the other day and boom the tarpon showed up!  Tons of tarpon in the backcountry today.  We didn’t give it a whole lot of time, but went 2 for 4 in a couple hours.  Landed a small 40 lber to the leader, and big 120 lber to the hand as well.  Jumped a couple other big girls off.  Lots of fish back there and water temps are in the mid to high 70s just where they like it this time of year.  Should be good fishing for a bit, as long as we don’t have any cold fronts.  Looks like this next weekend we may get a hard north wind, not sure what the temperature will do but as long as it doesn’t get real cold, shouldn’t push ’em out.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
Facebook: Islamorada Tarpon Fishing