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Hello and thanks for dropping by my Islamorada Fishing Charter website!  My name is Capt. Rick Stanczyk and I’m a fishing guide in Islamorada, Florida Keys.  I fish out of the world famous Bud n’ Mary’s Fishing Marina located at MM 79.8 in Islamorada.  You can find out more about me here, though for a quick synopsis… I was born in 1982, grew up fishing here, and have lived in the Florida Keys for almost my entire life.  I mostly fish in the backcountry which consists of Florida Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, and Everglades National Park… though I do also on occasion fish out on the ocean side in the shallow parts of the Atlantic Ocean.  You can find out more details about my fishing charters here.  I run a small center console style boat capable of taking up to 3 persons out on 4, 6, or 8 hour trips.  I’ve done this for a living, full time since 2008, though being raised here I’ve been fishing in the Keys much longer than that. My specialty is tarpon fishing, however certain times of the year we aren’t catching those very often so I focus on other types of fishing.  On this website you will find my daily updated fishing reports during ‘off’ tarpon season, which is usually November – February.  I will still try to update on a regular basis during tarpon season, and day reports when we are fishing for other things, though you can also check out my other website Islamorada Tarpon Fishing for daily updated reports during that time.  If you are interested in booking a fishing trip please contact me!  If I am unavailable, or you need multiple boats for your group party,  I work with plenty of other well qualified captains that do both inshore and offshore fishing here in the local area.

Thanks,

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
305-747-6903

Instagram: @richardstanczyk
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IMPORTANT: All anglers starting Jan 10th, 2019 will be required to have an Everglades Visitors Pass when fishing in the park.  You can obtain one via internet/phone at http://www.yourpassnow.com and select Everglades National Park.  Website is currently down due to govt. shutdown so don’t worry about it until that is over.  Most of my fishing is inside the park, so check with me but more than likely you will need one.

For daily updated tarpon fishing reports, look at http://www.islamoradatarpon.com

P.S. If you are looking to come down in the ‘off season’ (September – November) in 2019, I am offering some heavily discounted trip options.  These offers may only last a limited time, once I get booked up enough I will likely go back to my normal rates.  So if you can plan a trip ahead you can get a good deal on fishing and lodging.  Check out the 2019 discounted trip rates here.

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1/19/19 Half Day January Fishing Trip

Matt emailed last week and wanted to book today so we made it happen!  A simple 4 hour trip was it and we did that.  I’d been fishing mostly full days so was a change of pace for me.  We tried an island out back that I had done well at a week or so ago with a lot of redfish and some nice snappers.  I hadn’t been since then.  Conditions looked good but we got there and there was just no life!  No redfish and only caught a couple small snappers.  We bailed and high tailed it to some channel runoffs where I know some redfish had been.  Though it’s a ride and you are time limited, so I hoped we’d hit it right.  Another boat was in there luckily someone I knew so we were able to work together.  We caught some trout, jacks, and ladyfish and had some decent action at least as the tide fell out.  Once it turned, we pushed further in and got into a good redfish bite!  For about 25 minutes, it was just every cast.  We caught a bunch on shrimp and then switched to artificials and caught several on that too!  But once the tide got higher the water just got very muddy and it was like somebody flipped the switch – they just quit biting!  We moved a little bit and did managed to catch a few more, but it seemed a wrap.  Luckily that was right about time to go home.  So overall a fun morning and it was beautiful out, kind of the calm before the storm as it’s suppose to get nasty tonight and tomorrow looks like it’ll be a good day to stay home.  We already cancelled Sunday and I’m fine with that as I’m battling a cold and don’t want to be out in the cold rain and wind anyways.  But Monday looks like it could be very good fishing it might be slow first thing in the AM, but I’m betting when the winds lay down in the afternoon it might be time for some of those big fish!  Unfortunately Tuesday the winds are going to be cranking again out of the east and then going back to west/north by weeks end as another minor front comes through I think.  But you never know what will happen.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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1/18/19 January Florida Keys Fishing Charter Report

WOW what a day out there today! I had the day off and our friends Andy and Maria Newman wanted to get out along with my father again. I knew conditions were favorable and said let’s give it a whirl absolutely! It was fairly calm and the water still chilly, the possibility for big things was good! We got out into the backcountry and checked a spot. It was game on right away! Maria hooked a big snook that screamed out some drag, and after a hard fought battle we landed it her biggest ever! After that to be honest it’s kind of a blur… but we ended up with a half dozen very large snook and lost a good handful more. My dad had one we almost had and it took one more run straight into the prop and cut us off which was likely the biggest of the day a 20+ lber. But he couldn’t complain too much landing that monster a few days ago. We got a monster redfish 35ish lbs for Andy which was very cool! Some smaller reds that were still very big by florida keys standards as well, maybe another half dozen in total. Also a half dozen 10 to 15 lb black drums. The tide started rolling and then believe it or not, tarpon started to bite! I hooked a nice one that I thought was a snook, it never jumped and then ran me around the bow and once it got forward it jumped and threw the hook! We then missed another, but then we caught a double header Andy and my dad! Then I landed another one before we called it quits. We hit one other spot on the way home and caught a bunch of smaller redfish and smaller snook, and a few trout. But the morning sure spoiled us and we headed on in after getting a few trout for dinner. Truly spectacular we should get some more good fishing after this next front blows though, as long as the wind settles down a little we’ll have to wait and see! Half day for me tomorrow then we just cancelled Sunday as it looks like it’ll be nasty and I need a day off… too much pulling on big fish takes it out of you!

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1/17/19 January Backcountry Islamorada Fishing Report

Got out with Reg and Lucinda today.  They found me at the dock yesterday afternoon and said they were going to be down here for a while as they are snowbirds.  Asked when I had something available if i’d give them a ring to go.  I said today was available, and conditions looked great and fishing had been really good… so we decided to go for it!  Things warmed up slightly though still chilly in the morning.  Winds were more easterly, and not blowing as hard as yesterday, so the ride wasn’t too bad.  We hit the drums to start.  Not a red hot bite by any means, but a slow pick.  We managed to catch about 8 or so in little over an hour, plus a few redfish and trout.  Lucinda did get a decent size drum not a monster but a 13ish lber.  After that we tried another area and got into a decent snook bite, landing 7 or so and a few more redfish.  Several nice size fish too which was great to see!  We tried one other spot nearby and got a little dink snook there.  After that we tried an area up in another spot that was good a couple weeks ago, though tide was high now and water muddy, so we didn’t have much luck there.  With the tide higher now, we decided to run to another area to try some things.  I hadn’t fished these spots in a couple weeks and was interested to see how the bite was there as previously it had been good.  Lucky for us it was on fire!  It was a redfish every cast, and we got another half dozen snook too including a couple nicer size ones!  A few trout too.  Great fun we just stayed about 45 minutes and then decided to check some of the spots for something glorious.  I had been having some luck with big snook in some areas with the nice conditions, and said we should give it a try.  Nothing but catfish for a little bit there, but we did catch a few redfish eventually then a few trout.  Then Lucinda hooked something that screamed off some line!  Unfortunately the hook pulled, but I was pretty sure that was our snook that we missed!  After that Reg got a black drum, and we decided to try one more spot as we had a few more minutes and it was just getting gorgeous out and looking super fishy.  The last stop Lucinda got revenge and landed a nice 16 lb snook!  Reg got a fat redfish too probably about the same size!  What a way to end the day!  We headed on home after that.  Reg and Lucinda can’t wait to go again and want to try for some tarpon soon, so we’ll likely be trying that when things warm up and get right!

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1/16/19 Florida Keys Fishing Charter in January

Great day with Mitch and Mary visiting from Oklahoma. It was a chilly morning as temperatures dropped slightly and a little windy, but definitely gets worse! Once we got into the backcountry though it was nice just a little cold. Fishing was good we got into a great drum and sheepshead bite early! Mary got a lunker drum 30ish lbs I’d say, her biggest fish ever! We got a bunch of smaller ones too but decent size, some snook, redfish, and a bunch of nice size sheepshead too. I just got pics of the first one but we caught quite a few that were bigger probably a dozen in all. After an hour or so things slowed down. We found a few more snook and redfish in a other spot. Mitch had a nice snook on that threw the hook unfortunately. Later we hit another area near the tide change. More redfish here and some nice size trout! Also another snook. After that we hit a spot that was good yesterday but not much today, though did get a trout there. Lastly things got nice and the wind laid down, we gave the monster snook hole a try again. Nothing but catfish for a little bit, but then we got a nice black drum and a few more mediums sized ones. Finally a huge thump and screaming drag! I passed Mitch the rod and the fish made a big run then went under the boat. Unfortunately he made a few tricky moves and was a little hard to keep up with and we got tangled around the underneath of the boat. The one that got away! Oh well it happens and those are the ones that keep you coming back. But all in all another fantastic day. Just got booked for tomorrow and I’m pretty busy through the next 10 days or so. Looks like big weather/cold front coming Sunday, should cool off but when the dust settles and smoke clears, I’ll expect some big fishing!  I do have Friday open this week if anyone wants to go, conditions look pretty good.  After that I don’t have anything available until the 30th or so.

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1/15/19 January Cold Front fishing in the Everglades out of Islamorada

Some days you are lucky and get to see something very special out there fishing. Today was one of those days! My dad caught his largest snook ever as a young boy, early teenage years or so. A whopping 26 lber that won the South Florida MET tournament. Today some 60 years later he found one that may have been bigger! I took my dad Richard Sr and our buddy Ron Modra out for the day.  It was our last fish of the day, we were checking that ‘one last spot.’ Conditions weren’t great it was fairly windy out of the northwest, weak current, and kind muddy water. We didn’t expect much but you never know right? Anyways he hooked up to something ridiculous that screamed out a good 30 or 40 yards of line. It slowed down and made a big circle around the boat, then ran out about as the same distance but in the other direction. Dad was off chasing it just like he was a kid again on the shores of Miami Beach. It shook it’s head and didn’t seem to want to turn. I was thinking maybe snook, but now was thinking maybe we snagged a shark or possibly a large cobia. But cobia usually come up to the top where you can see ’em pretty quickly. We had to chase it down with the boat, luckily my dad is a good angler and knew to let the fish run when it wanted to run. This was especially important as we had the fish on a fairly small hook, as I wasn’t expecting such a monster, that could’ve pulled easily or bent out. After another minute or so we eventually got up and down on it. Had to be careful maneuvering the boat with the trolling motor still down and tide going into the wind so it was rough. But we got a good look at the beast finally and I won’t repeat the words that came out after that, but let’s just say it was exciting! The fish was wore out and we got her into the net easily. I didn’t drop it on the deck to measure or anything, or hang it on the boga grip, as these fish are sensitive and I wanted to make sure it would live. It’s hard to say and sometimes pictures don’t do a fish justice, but this thing had a huge gut and was likely the biggest one I’ve had landed on my boat as well. Somewhere between 25 and 30 lbs. We snapped a few good pictures and released her healthily, she swam off just fine! Anyways what a spectacular fish, that’s why I love fishing you can be a 73 year old vet and still catch the fish of a lifetime after all those years! Other than that, we started the day off with a nice juvenile tarpon. A handful of smaller snook later in a couple different spots. And some black drums and redfish too, along with a few trout. Backcountry SLAM! Not a red hot bite by any means as we had high water and weak tide. But a decent pick of fish if you had a little patience. I also investigated some new areas as I like to always do when I’m fun fishing, but we didn’t do much in those spots. Anyways catching that one snook was more than worth it… To hit a home run you gotta swing for the fences!

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