The backcountry was loaded with sharks today. Hard southeast wind. Mullet were tough but we did get one good throw and ended up with 30 or so baits. No tarpon in the backcountry that we saw, but plenty of shark activity. We fished around local islamorada in the afternoon for a couple hours. We jumped 2 tarpon, could not keep the hooks in unfortunately. Also had a big cuda almost jump in the boat after eating a bait, and did land a large ‘mud marlin’ as we call them about 400 lbs… which made up for missing the tarpon at least!
Capt. Rick Stanczyk