8/13/19 August Fishing Tarpon in the Everglades

Got out with Trevor, Chad, and Gary today for a 3/4 day trip.  We left out early.  Had bait stashed away from a few days ago.  With the falling tides in the morning, bait is very difficult to get.  Luckily I was able to stash enough away for this trip and my trip tomorrow, then I won’t be fishing again until the weekend when the tidal situation should be more favorable for catching bait early.  We found some fish early on where they had been lately.  But acting very strange, I don’t think we ever even saw one roll but I could see them on the electronics.  We fished a few spots and kept moving trying to get in front of the right ones.  We did run one over that jumped out of the water, so absolutely sure they were there.  But no bites just some sharks and bluefish.  We went to another area with the last of the tide, and sure enough found a good pack of small tarpon in there.  We set up and it was fast and furious for a bit.  Trevor ended up landing one fish and getting another on the leader before it jumped off, and jumped off a 3rd fish straight from the get go.  Gary caught one as well.  All in a good 20 minute rally.  After that things died off.  We ran and checked one more area a ways away, where I had caught my last fish a couple days ago.  Saw a boat hooked up when we pulled in, but we didn’t see a whole ton of tarpon.  Just a handful here and there.  We set up, but the sharks were thick and hard to get through.  Caught a bunch of blacktip sharks, and then called it a morning.  But not bad with 3 tarpon overall!  Back at it tomorrow not sure what we are doing.  3 for 4

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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