7/15/13 Backcountry Fishing Islamorada in July

Well just get back from a mini-vacation.  The tarpon fishing before I left was off the hook.  We had caught 8 out of 14 in 2 days, plus several more the days we fished in the backcountry.  All these fish were on fresh dead mullet.  There has also been a good mix of trout and snappers in the bays.  Some sharks, goliath groupers, and a few cobias here and there have been on some of the near wrecks.  It’s been a little too rough for permit fishing the gulf which is unusual this time of year but conditions are conditions.  Snook have been around the mainland cape area as well as a few around flamingo, eating big shrimps on jigs or pinfish drifted back.  Tarpon is still a good point of focus this time of year and I have some night trips coming up.  That can be very good there is much less pressure on the fish and they are often happy to feed!  Today we caught this massive kingfish in the gulf while tarpon fishing, we also caught several goliath groupers, gag groupers, black tip sharks, and a big bull shark.  Plus plenty of snappers, some ladyfish, and a few trout in the bays.  Fun day fishing in the florida keys in july!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk