4/11/18 April full day tarpon fishing islamorada

Got out with Mike and his dad for a full day of tarpon fishing in Islamorada.  We crushed the bait early this morning so we had that going for us.  Strange weather with a southeast breeze that swung around to hard north mid morning then let up nice for the afternoon.  Weak front hitting us.  We found a few tarpon early at the bridges but it was busy their with 8 boats lined up.  We had our shots though and landed 1 nice tarpon but didn’t get any pictures as it was tough around the bridges and boats for me to get it.  After that we had a few more cheap shots but nothing stuck.  We waited on the long tide change and moved around to the other side of the bridge.  Had one more bite there and had a cuda eat us off.  We tried another bridge and found some tarpon there too.  Had one big tarpon flash our bait but didn’t want to eat.  We then found a big ball of bait and reloaded the well and set back up in our original area.  We had one more tarpon bite here but jumped him off quickly unfortunately.  After that not much else happened, several nurse sharks on the bottom.  But at least we got one!  Back at it tomorrow think I’ll be going out into the backcountry winds should be back into the northeastern quadrant.  1 for 3

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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