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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 25′ Contender Bay Boat capable of taking up to 3 persons out on 4, 6, or 8 hour trips.  These days however I am mostly just fishing 8 hour full days, though will take shorter trips in off season when I’m not as busy.  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 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
Facebook: Islamorada Tarpon Fishing

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.  Most of my fishing is inside the park, so check with me but more than likely you will need one.  You can also purchase an annual/lifetime pass at store.usgs.gov

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

For the 2022  season, I will not be taking bookings until sometime next year.  I’m sorry I know this may be frustrating for some, however with a family myself these days I’m wanting to be more available for things that come up during our busy time (February through June), and I know I won’t have a problem booking those days out with a months notice.  So I will be referring everyone to Brandon who is running my other boat, otherwise if you want to wait and try to book me short notice I’ll be posting on here and instagram/facebook when I’m opening bookings – it will likely be a month ahead of time (So for April, I’ll open things up likely in early March sometime).

4/22/2021 April Snook Fishing in the Everglades National Park

Wow what an insane day with my dad Richard and our friend Pete.  Hadn’t gone after the big girl snooks in a while I’ve been mostly tarpon fishing as of late.  But we gave it a go today and I will say we had a little bit of a good north breeze which last year we had real good fishing one day with a similar late spring/summer day with north wind I remember catching a lot of big snook.  Didn’t expect the same today but boy did it turn out that way.  We ended up catching half a dozen snook all in the 15 to close to 30 lb range, including one that was Pete’s personal best and one that was maybe one of my dad’s biggest back there as well.  Just great to see and hopefully a good sign for what’s to come this summer.  We had such a good few months a couple years ago catching these over slot snook and then in the last year there had been a lot of mud and nasty water everywhere and they seemed to get much harder to find but good to see them again.  Pete is considering a mount of his snook through Gray Taxidermy which I always suggest to my anglers if they catch that fish of a lifetime!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
Facebook: Islamorada Tarpon Fishing
YouTube: Bud n’ Mary’s Marina