Welcome to my website!

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 4 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 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
Facebook: Islamorada Tarpon Fishing

Also make sure to check out the Bud n’ Mary’s YouTube Channel for our regular show!

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

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12/6/19 December Fishing in the Everglades from Islamorada

Great 3/4 day with Drew, Andrew, and Molly! Steady bite of reds mostly slot size and one above. A few black drum including a nice 18 lber and PB for Drew. And a good handful of snook, Andrews first. Also a few nice trout.  Seems fish are kinda spread out at the moment the last few days.  Really having to work around and pick a fish or two off each spot.  But things can change in a hurry, once things get adjusted to the cooler weather I think it’ll be rocking and rolling again.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
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12/5/19

Got back on the water after a good break for thanksgiving.  We all got some colds and stomach bugs so time off the water was good too.  Unfortunately my anglers today had a little something too and our day got cut short.  But we managed to get on a good snook bite catching a couple dozen or so, and a small cobia plus a few trout.  With the cold front that came in things cooled off a bit again, but a lot of areas that were red hot for me before my trip didnt have much going on but they should get good again as the weather stabilizes.  Back at it tomorrow!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
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11/26/19 November Backcountry Islamorada Fishing Trip

Return customers David and Kathy came down to fish with me again and brought the kids along this time as well.  We had a great day starting off with some lunker redfish that have been around.  A lot of 10 to 15 lb fish very nice to see!  We caught probably 20 or so and then left ’em alone as some other boats were moving in.  We worked around hard for the next couple hours it was a little tough for a bit, we managed to pick a few small fish off a few spots, and then a few spots without much of anything.  Tried my area where I’d found some big monster fish the last few days but it didn’t look too good there, muddy water and ripping tide, and no bites.  We had time to make one last big move thanks to being in the Contender with some speed, and we got on a good spot finishing out the day with another dozen redfish, a few more snook, a black drum, and a sheepshead.  So all in all a great day when you looked at the scorecard.

I’m off until next week going out of town for Thanksgiving.  I hope everyone has a great holiday.  I’ll be back to fishing hard next Wednesday.  The whole week before Christmas is open if anyone wants to go fishing, just read my latest reports you can see it’s been good.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
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11/25/19 November florida keys backcountry fishing report

Monsters of flamingo… 38 inch snook absolutely massive head like a 40+ incher, 25 lb bull red, a few 15-18 lb reds, 40 lb Goliath on light tackle and a lot of smaller redfish and snook.  Very good day with Mike and his son Kyle.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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11/24/19 November Fishing for redfish in the Everglades

Fun day out with my dad and our friends Ron Modra and Ricky Walker. Reds were swarming with a lot of nice size fish. We got a handful of snook as well and a few small goliath groupers. Last stop of the day we were hoping for a trophy size fish. Didn’t look like it was gonna happen and then sure enough I got a nice 25 lb red! We pitched a crab back out and then i got another around 18 lbs. Two nicest fish of the day, but quite a few in the 10 to 15 lb range. Awesome fishing. Another little cold front tonight back in the mid 60s, should keep ’em happy.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
Facebook: Islamorada Tarpon Fishing

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