9/30/18 September Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada

September is almost at an end officially and it has been one for the record books as far as the tarpon fishing goes!  I reported earlier this month that we were having some great fishing and it just lasted right on through and really I think will continue well into October.  We’ve had some good northerly winds in the morning that are cooling things off early, and big schools of tarpon that seem to be going into that Fall mode where they are aggressive and jumping around all over making them easier to find!  The bait isn’t really thick yet but the fish are definitely here.  Overall for the month I fished a dozen trips and we caught 55 tarpon!  That’s about 4.6 tarpon per trip which really is incredible.  So don’t go sleeping on September, just because it’s ‘off season’ does not mean the fishing is bad.  It really can be some of the best fishing we have all year and it’s nice as there is hardly anybody around.  It all comes down to conditions, conditions, conditions – and they’ve been really good!  Today I had Paul and Jennifer and they landed four tarpon, with three of them in the 75 to 110 lb range so some bigger fish!  Last Thursday I fished Todd and Farrah and they landed 5 tarpon in the 30 to 60 lb range.  And a few days before that I had Mike and Jarrah who also landed 5 tarpon but smaller guys in the 20 to 40 lb range.  And the list goes on and on!  October is right around the corner and like I said, I think the fishing will stay strong until we really start getting some hard cold fronts which isn’t usually until November.  So if you are interested in chasing the silver king give me a shout.  I will shoot you straight and don’t mind moving days around if necessary to give you the best shot, another nice thing about fishing in the off season.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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