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Richard Stanczyk

Summer time fishing in Islamorada

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Summer time in the Florida keys. It's getting hot but so is the fishing! Summer tarpon action has been steady with

a good push of fish showing up in the everglades, and many still found locally around the Islamorada area. We've

been leaving early in the mornings and fishing later in the evenings to beat the heat, but also catch the good bite

drifting live crabs. The falling tide provides the best action for this. There can still be some mullet found

though you have to know where to look for them, and they can be fished live or dead for great tarpon action. The

full days to the everglades we are often catching mullet early first thing then fishing the channels and beaches for

tarpon. In the bays the trout and snapper are numerous, with several big snappers back there preparing for the

spawning migration out to the reef. Snook and redfish are possible, early morning is best and these fish can be

found most numerous on the flats and potholes, though some snook can still be caught in the creeks and off the

mangrove shorelines with pilcahrds and pinfish. The occasional tripletail is still found floating in the gulf, as

well as numerous permit on structure out there including on many wrecks and markers. Summer time is a great time to

come fishing, and July is often great for tarpon in the everglades and permit in the gulf!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk





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