3/10/13 March islamorada tarpon fishing report

March is usually a great time of here for fishing islamorada tarpon.  It’s been off to a slow start as we’ve had several cold fronts, almost every week, for the last 3 weeks.  Oddly enough january had 2 weeks of 80 degree weather – go figure!  However even with the mid 60 degree water temperatures we were able to find a nice tarpon today.  A 60 lb fish caught on fairly light spin gear on a live pinfish!  We also caught some nice islamorada trout fishing further out west near the edge of the gulf in the morning.  Later in the day we caught several more along with a ton of ladyfish and a spanish mackerel.  The report on redfish and snook have not been very good, some guys saw fish today but they would not eat.  We tried a few spots but muddy and cold water, with no fish…  But the nice everglades tarpon made our day!  Tarpon fishing in March should continue to improve, we are getting a tad cooler weather again in a few days but I don’t think very cold so hopefully the water temps won’t drop and the tarpon will show up in force!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk