March tarpon fishing in Islamorada is really when the tarpon fishing starts getting more consistent. The weather patters shift more towards what is usual of the spring time – warm air, and usually a little windy. This year however we are experiencing a late cold front that is going to be reinforced later in the week, so look for the tarpon fishing to hold off a little bit. Florida Keys tarpon fishing in March will be off to a bit of a slower start. Not bad news overall though, I often feel the later the cold fronts last and the later the big pushes of fish come… the better the fishing later in the year, so it’s not always a bad thing. We did hook one march islamorada tarpon yesterday however despite incoming cold front and the cooler 70 degree water temperature. Night tarpon fishing in March is also a good bet with crabs and live pinfish. Now in the backcountry this time of year I often fish for lots of other big things… sharks, goliath groupers, and other occasional ‘sea monsters,’ and included in that mix of course is possibilities of big tarpon. We often do this by catching things such as ladyfish and mackerel for bait which is fun rod bending action, then putting the ‘big guns’ out in the channels back there. If live mullet are around we may throw the net a few times to get those as well since they are excellent baits. Tarpon fishing in March can be really good so make sure to ask about that possibility if your fishing in the backcountry of the Florida Keys! Also shots in the everglades at baby tarpon such as this guy pictured below!
Capt. Rick Stanczyk