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
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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
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New YouTube video is up – Going Fishing with Darryl Choronzey!

Check out our latest YouTube video – a days fishing with Darryl Choronzey, who had a fishing show in Canada for many years. Video was lots of fun and we get a big bull red at the end of the day! Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel if you like it, we’ll be pumping out more videos and the support keeps it going.

1/17/20 January Tarpon in the Everglades National Park

Got out the last couple days and the wind laid out and of course its been unseasonably warm.  Thousands of tarpon showed up, but it may be short lived as we have a hard front coming in over the weekend suppose to blow 30 Saturday, and get in the 50s sunday/monday.  But we enjoyed it while it lasted.  Got a big 140 lber yesterday for Mark Gregg, and made an awesome YouTube video of it.  A big bull shark almost got it but luckily the fish got away!  Today Gentry got a 60 lber to the boatside before pulling the hook on our light gear too.  Anyways I think it may likely be a good early start to the season again, we had great fishing last year in February and March.  But time will tell but as long as it’s warm it’ll likely happen!

I’m also very busy these days with 2 kids and starting to do some YouTube stuff, so I am not going to be doing my daily tarpon reports any longer.  I’ll try to give a weekly synopsis, but follow my social media accounts for daily reports of what’s going on.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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11/8/19 November Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada

Got out filming today for the Bud n Marys show on YouTube!  We did a variety of things, but did run into a nice school of tarpon early on.  Drifted in and cast a few pinfish to them and they ate happily!  I landed a nice 30 lb fish, and our friend Vic had a bite too but we slurped it right off of there.  After that we left them alone but it was cool to see!  Looks like we have some cold weather coming in the next week, will probably shut the tarpon off a bit.  Sometimes some little ones eat shrimp here and there, but overall targeting tarpon is probably not going to be a regular thing from now through January.  But of course we’ll catch some random ones here and there, and if the weather gets right it might be worthwhile.  1 for 2

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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