2/15/17 February Fishing in Islamorada Florida

Jim and Gwen were with me again today, it was a little breezy out of the southwest with an impending cold front coming tomorrow night.  We had some leftover bait from yesterday and Gwen didn’t want too bumpy of a ride so we stayed in the backcountry bays and channels.  We caught some sharks, a big ‘mud marlin’ sawfish, and one tarpon!  We also lost another tarpon unfortunately.   With the wind and conditions it was fairly good fishing to be honest so we were happy.  We decided to hit the mangrove islands for some snapper on the way home.  That was a little tougher we had to work around but eventually we found some nice snappers in one of the cuts leading into the island – the island itself seemed to be filled with undersized ones.  Anyhow, back at it tomorrow.  Gonna get cold so tarpon may slow down for a few days here until water temps get back up near 80.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk