Well the wind was howling the last couple days but the islamorada april tarpon fishing has still been very good. Lots of fish in the local channels and around the bridges if you have the bait you don't have to run very far. Yesterday the bite was very good lots of boats reported multiple fish to the boat. Today it was a little harder to get them going but was still overall decent the wind was heavier and a lot more boats in the hot spots as word gets around quick! A half day tarpon fishing charter is a good bet now but a full day can be even better. Today Capt. Rick Stanczyk had 4 nice tarpon to the boat out of 6 or so bites all on fresh mullet. Capt. Skip Nielsen had 3 fish to the boat though missed several other bites on the live mullets. Live mullet fishing takes a lot of skill on the angler side of things as they must be ready to reel and set the hook, and tarpon always seem to strike at that moment when you look away to grab a drink, lunch, etc.... Capt. Mike Bassett reported 1 big tarpon out of 3 and also caught a nice big snook in the backcountry and lost a few others, plus some nice trout. Capt. Bill Bassett had 3 nice tarpon today out of 5 bites. Capt. Ben Ekblom sent pictures of this nice tarpon his anglers caught today as well. As you can see tarpon fishing charters have been what we do most backcountry fishing the florida keys this time of year and the bite is good!
Capt. Rick Stanczyk