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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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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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11/8/18 November Florida Keys Backcountry Fishing Trip

Lots of fish for da boys today. Had Ron, Ron, and Todd out. Father and sons. Ron Jr. Had fish with me several years ago on a group trip. We headed out early and caught our bait. I decided to try out the gulf since we had 3 people and I was waiting for the tide to come in a little in the backcountry. Fishing was decent out there, a handful of big mackerel and then lots of other things like trout, lady fish, snapper, Jack’s, bluefish, and more. Constant action and as it cools off more mackerel should show up. We checked a further spot in the gulf but it was a total mud hole out there so we didn’t even bother. We then hit the backcountry and found some nice snook fishing some shoreline. We caught 3 drifting and it was lots of fun. As the tide came in we tried some other areas in the creeks. We found some good snook and redfish in one of the channels back there. Fishing all the little run off with shrimp or pilchards produced for us. One of the drains held a ton of fish and we wore the boys out there with lots of snook and redfish. After that we tried some deeper corners in hopes of a big snook which we did not find, but we did get a few big trout. All in all another banner day, great to see some fish in a few different new spots. I’m off the next few days if anyone wants to go fishing should be good. Saturday is suppose to be nice and calm and should be on 🔥!

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11/7/18 November Backcountry Fishing in Islamorada

Got out with Jim and Randy today for a full day of backcountry fishing.  We brought shrimp and caught some pilchards too.  Headed out into the backcountry everglades after that.  It was the bottom of the tide, not much doing to start we caught 1 redfish in one spot and not much else.  We moved around in some canals and tried another corner without much luck, did have one good bite on a pilchard but didn’t connect.  After that we tried to jump into another area, however the tide was super low and we had to stop abruptly while on plane!  One of those areas you just don’t know how deep the water will be as it’s a blind corner and there wasn’t much water to get through.  Luckily the tide was starting to come in and after 30 minutes or so we were able to motor backwards and get back up on plane and make it through!  It paid off we got into a killer bite of redfish and snook.  Tons of fish just about every cast.  After an hour or so we moved on and got on another good redfish bite.  We probably caught close to 60 fish it was incredible.  Lots of small guys but a few good medium size snook.  After that the boys had enough so we headed home a little early.  But great fishing and lots of fun!  Fishing has been really good as of late, I’ll be back at it tomorrow so we’ll see what the day brings.  I know one thing I’ll be waiting until I try jumping into that area until there is a bit more water later in the morning!

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11/5/18 Backcountry Fishing in November

Action packed day with Jim and Christine down from NC area. We caught some pilchards early and also brought see fresh shrimp and headed into the backcountry. Winds were blowing pretty good 15 knots out of the east. We had the bottom of the tide with incoming current all day long. We started hitting some branches and drains in the canals and right off the bat Christine got a nice snook! She followed it up with a few redfish too. We kept moving around and it was a solid pick of fish, Jim got in on the action too. Nice to see fish spread out it makes it fun working an area. We got a few black drums too and a nice trout for some variety. Later as the tide got higher we got into a red hot bite of redfish! Lots of small and medium guys just about every cast. Christine got a nice juvenile Goliath grouper here too. Then the snook showed up too which kept it interesting. We gave it a good hour there and then left them biting. We ran to try some shorelines for the last hour with our pilchards. Got into some more snook here and Jim caught a few decent sized ones. Also some more redfish. After that it was time to go we used every bait we had which was nice. Good action all day not a boring minute for sure.

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10/31/18 October Islamorada Fishing Report

Great day with Pat and Eric visiting from Texas. Nice northeast breeze and still cooled off from the front last week. We caught pilchards and had some shrimp and headed into the backcountry. First stop with high tide we checked and area for some snook and redfish. Boy did we get into them,. It was every cast for an hour and a half or so and we left them biting! Lots of small guys but one decent snook and one nice red, and did have another get eaten by a shark! After that we headed to another area to try some other stuff. Saw quite a few tarpon busting some baits, we tried drifting through there briefly but no action though we did get some nice trout here. We tried further offshore for some tarpon and did see a few but still not much interest. But we did get a big blacktip shark and a nice size lemon shark. Also some tripletail were floating by and we caught a few! Then we tried some other structure and got into some good jack crevelles. That was about all the wrote for the day but really good fishing it’s great to see. Definitely time to start mixing it up a bit, there are lots of options and the tarpon fishing will be sporadic. Off the next few days and going to Miami for the weekend them back at it next week!

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10/28/18 October Full Day Backcountry Fishing for snook and redfish

Got out with Brenda and her husband Todd who are two Islamorada locals. They won a trip with me through a donation to the Bougainvillea Ball fundraiser last year.  Brenda also use to cut my hair when I was a boy so we’ve known each other a long time!  They were wanting to wait till things cooled off a little bit so Fall was an ideal time, and with the cold front we had come in it was definitely cooler than it had been, albeit a little windy but at least not a bad direction out of the north.  We caught bait and headed out back also bringing some shrimp with us too.  There were quite a few boats being the weekend.  We tried a couple spots to start but no luck, the water was super muddy and tide was ripping pretty good.  But we kept at it and then jumped into another area where we got by ourselves.  We got into a killer redfish bite, catching them just about every cast for an hour or so!  I lost count but we probably caught close to 30 or so, and Brenda got a nice snook as well and a trout.  It was great to see such good action, I’ve caught a few of these small reds the last couple months but nothing like this.  Anyways the tide kept falling and it got super low with the full moon and north wind, so much so that we got stuck in the canal where we were fishing!  We bounced around some other spots and found a few more snook but bigger ones.  Brenda caught two nice ones and her biggest ever.  Todd hooked a couple but unfortunately they did not stay on for him, both got loose next to the boat!  Last part of the day we found some small tarpon and set up trying to catch one of them, but they seemed to know we were there and disappeared as soon as we got set up.  We hung out and had to wait another 30 minutes for the tide to come up before we could leave, but it did and we made our way home.  Anyways a great day for these two,  I was glad as I heard fishing was much tougher for several other guides.  Things seemed to be biting shrimp as well as the pilchards so I was glad we had both.  I’m off the next couple days to do some boat work, but fishing again mid week, but I do have Thursday available as well if anyone wants to get out there.  Northeast wind all week should be favorable for some backcountry fishing like this!

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