3/1/11 Florida Tarpon Fishing plus sharks, macks, snappers, and more!
Capt. Rick Stanczyk fished two half days on this first day of March, and had a great day to ring in the new month and start of spring! This morning he fished Bob and Sue, who stayed the night at Bud n' Mary's and fished the day before in the backcountry, catching plenty of redfish, trout, and ladyfish. They wanted to try something different so we took them out on the edge of the gulf. Caught some mackerels, bigger ladyfish, and blue runners. Also caught them 3 nice size blacktip sharks. Caught a tide change in the middle, though the end of the fall and beginning of the rise was good fishing! This afternoon Rick took Brent and his son-in-law kyle out for some florida keys fishing for dinner and caught them their limit of nice mangrove snappers! They also caught a handful of mackerel, blue runners, and groupers too. They wanted to catch a shark, so we went to one of the edges of the banks where the current was running pretty good and put out the few chunks of mackerel we had. While rigging the 2nd rod up, the first conventional started going click-click-click-click! Rick handed the rod to Brent, and said "lock it up in 10 seconds" figuring it was a shark. All of a sudden - BOOM - big splash behind the boat and a nice 60 lb tarpon! We caught him in about 15 minutes and got a nice picture of him and released him unharmed. We also caught a nice blacktip again after that for Kyle. Great way to end a day of fabulous fishing in islamorada with a nice florida keys tarpon!!! Capt. Jim Willcox also reported good fishign in the backcountry, trout, ladyfish, snappers, sharks, and caught another big 'mud marlin' as well! Capt. Perry Scuderi also reported good action around the bridges for mackerel, ladyfish, bluefish, and caught a big 250+ lb goliath grouper in the channels near the bridges!