Well we had a late cold front hit a few days ago with another one on the way here Thursday night. It kind of turned off the tarpon bite a little bit though still plenty of fish around. We managed to get a big one today of about 120 lbs! Very nice day out but it’s the calm between the storms as I mentioned with another front on the way. We also got a big snook today a gorgeous one that was close to 20 lbs. Some tripletails as well. There were plenty of them floating on the buoys and drifting around in the gulf, so hopefully when things calm down again that should be a good fishery for us. The other day we found a ton of hogfish on the patch reefs as well as some various small groupers, it was fun rod bending action. Snapper fishing was also decent around some of the islands though we had to put some time in looking for the keeper size ones. Some big sharks were caught today as well by my anglers including some nice bulls and lemons. My guys a few days ago also caught a monster bull shark in the channels close to home which we normally do not see there, but the past week it seems some have moved in there as I’ve heard of multiple catch reports stating that. Spring time is here even though we are dealing with some fronts, the tarpon fishing should be decent when things begin to warm up again! The fish are definitely around and I don’t think it’ll get cold enough for long enough to really blow them out, but just may be slow fishing for a day or two as I said. I’m really busy through May, but if you are wanting to get out let me know I can definitely recommend some guides. Also summer time is a great time to fish here as well so don’t sleep on that June, July, and even August!
Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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