8/15/13 Mid-august Key Largo Backcountry Fishing Report

We got out fairly early this morning it was overcast which can be a good thing to keep the heat down this time of year.  I had 3 young men which fished a few days ago on a half day.

We had plenty of trout and snapper action that day.  We were after some bigger stuff today.
We crushed the mullets on the late incoming tide around some islands.  Pushing big herds of mullet in and around the mangroves.  August key largo fishing with mullet is lots of fun if your targeting big stuff like tarpon, sharks, etc…

We tried a few channels for tarpon with the last of the incoming tide, but alas not much happening not even a shark bite.  So we fished a few muds with the little rods and shrimp – again big trout, some nice mangrove snappers, and plenty of ladyfish.

The boys were entertained.  We tried another spot off cape sable that I like this time of year.

The tide was falling now, as soon as we anchor I throw a few mullets on the bottom and a bit of chum out.  Within a couple minutes both rods double over.  One is a big tarpon the other likely a big grouper – we have to cut the grouper off to chase the tarpon!

We land him a nice 75 lb fish – great key largo tarpon fishing action!  We then set back up and no more tarpon bites, but plenty of action with blacktip sharks, black nose sharks, and some more goliaths!

We land 3 big goliaths, plus lose a couple others in the rocks.  The boys are tired at the end of the day!

Author: Capt. Rick Stanczyk

Florida Keys Fishing Captain born and raised in Islamorada, FL!