3/20/13 Spring islamorada fishing report!

Well spring is officially here today the wind died out and left a beautiful flat calm day for march backcountry fishing islamorada.  We started out the morning a little late but that was ok, we searched for some mullets and found a few on the flats nearby.  Made a few throws only to get a couple of them which was what we needed!  We ran back into the islamorada backcountry and fished some channels for trout, ladyfish, etc…  We had lots of action and saved the ladyfish for bait too which we turned out not to need but saved for another day!  Plenty of tarpon seen at this point in the main channel, so after we had enough fun with that we set up there for the big stuff.  Within 10 minutes we hooked a gorgeous 80 lb fish that went airborne and nuts, he ate a mullet with the tail cut off on the bottom.  Got the fish boatside after 15 minutes, but before we could get a picture we broke him off unfortunately, oh well still a technical catch with the leader in the rod tip!  I’ve included a picture of a similar sized fish caught the day before.  Everglades tarpon fishing is going to be getting better and better from this point on I think.  After this we caught a smaller blacktip shark, and then decided to run to the gulf.  Hit some structure in hopes of a cobia, which one did pop up and we cast a pinfish too him… He sunk down after it but did not eat it, and we did not see him again.  Ran further out and got into a mess of tripletail, they were a little spooky but we caught about a dozen or so, including our limit of nice ones for dinner!  Inshore fishing islamorada in march offers many different opportunities especially on this flat calm gorgeous days.  After this we headed home, tomorrow heading out for a day of fun fishing with my dad so going to run deep in the backcountry to try some new things – hopefully have a good march islamorada fishing report!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk