2/6/18 February Islamorada Tarpon Fishing in the backcountry

Great day with Garrett Kim, and their son Finley. Garrett tried to fish with me last year but I was already booked, so for this year they planned well in advance. We decided to mix it up some, as it’s a transitional time of year and you are never sure what you’ll find out there. But big tarpon was on his list and I said it’s possible, I hadn’t really tried yet but it’s getting to be time. Anyways we mackerel fished early on and that was a blast. Very good and bites every cast. After that, we went searching for tarpon. We found some out off the edge of the gulf, free jumping and splashing while we were triple tailing. We got set up and soon Garrett was hooked up! He caught a nice 70 lber and was stoked! After that we got into some good sharks, some big blacktips and a big lemon. The tide quit and we decided to try some redfish spots. Not much doing but we did catch one. After the tide changed, we looked for some more tarpon and found a few in a nearby channel. Soon Kim was hooked up to a fish roughly the same size as Garrett’s which she landed. After that a few more sharks and it was time to come home. Great day and glad we got the fish we wanted! Back at it tomorrow, spring is here and it’s tarpon time – my favorite time of year!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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