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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.  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
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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.  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

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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9/8/19 September Islamorada Backcountry Fishing Report

Well the scare from Hurricane Dorian has come and gone.  We didn’t get a whole lot here from it, though we did have a couple of days of hard west wind but no more than a regular real windy day.  I got out the last couple of days though and am happy to report that fishing has not slowed down a lick – in fact perhaps the wind/rain actually helped by cooling things down a bit and stirring things up a bit.  We had great success with snook, redfish, and tarpon on Friday.  Today we had the same though not quite as many redfish, but several lunker size snook in the 36/37 inch range!  Just truly incredible.  There were also a good amount of tarpon both days as well, though we didn’t spend a ton of time targeting them but did catch one each day.  Seems to be quite a bit of bait around in the backcountry and I think hurricane Dorian perhaps helped trigger an early fall bait run as I’ve heard reports up the coast that the mullet run has started up there.  This usually occurs in October, but with high winds from such a storm you never know what’ll happen.  Good news is this coming week we also have some northeast winds which is usually good for that fall bait run as well.  September and October are some of my favorite months to fish down here as you get the place to yourself often, and with those fall conditions sometimes you see some pretty epic fishing too.  I also have some good discounted rates, so give me a shout and let’s get out there!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
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9/1/19 September Fishing in Islamorada

Well we are in the clear from Hurricane Dorian thankfully.  I had a busy week on the books starting today, however unfortunately I’ve lost 4 trips over it due to the possibility of this dang storm…  Today was the first day, and it was absolutely beautiful and slick calm.  So luckily my dad was up for going with our friend Ron Modra and Debra who works at Bud n marys.  We headed out early and first stop we found a bunch of tarpon rolling, we casted to them and jumped one and that was about the only good shot we got.  Next we got a nice cobia.  Was hoping we’d find some more but nothing else came up.  Second stop we got a good size trout.  Then we decided to run further up the road and fish some areas that I’ve been going with the new boat that are far away.  It was loaded with smaller snook and redfish, though we did get one decent size snook in there too.  After that it stayed calm so we headed out into the gulf.  This is where we started to see some crazy things…  Two big schools of permit, probably 100 fish in each!  Though they weren’t too happy we chased them casting crabs, shrimp, and even artificials… but they just did not want to eat.  We had one crush a crab possibly, but that was it and the little jacks were eating the shrimps and artificials so quick you couldn’t even have a chance, they even ate a few of the crabs too.  We kept moving and we found another school of things with some birds following them around.  At first it looked like more jacks, but then all of a sudden we were surrounded by monster bull redfish!  Again it was hard to get a bait to them as the jacks ate our shrimp and pinfish.  But I quickly grabbed the biggest crab we had, and we hooked a nice 20 lb red that I caught.  After that though we lost the school and it was about time to head in anyways as we were still a good ways from home.  We did stop on one more wreck on the way home, and caught a nice little goliath grouper on light tackle which was cool.  The west wind started to kick up a little on the way home but luckily we were going with it.  Wow what a special day and just some unreal stuff that you don’t get to see all the time.  Unfortunately we are going to get some bad west wind and possibly rain the next few days, so it may not be great for fishing.  But by the weeks end it should be getting better.  September and October are some of my favorite months of the year for fishing down here – you really get the place to yourself and when conditions are right, you may see some wild stuff like we saw today.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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8/23/19 August Fishing in the Backcountry of Islamorada

Wow what a day with John visiting from Ohio! It was weird weather – light north breeze with a tad of a chill to it. We got into the Backcountry and it was very pleasant and stayed somewhat overcast most the day, but never rained on us. John was up for catching anything, and we had struggled a bit the day before tarpon fishing (we jumped 2,but couldn’t keep them on the hooks but did catch lots of sharks). So we opted to mix it up some. We found some very pretty water with the north wind helping clean things up, and bait everywhere likely from that as well. The snook and reds were chewing… We went through 30 pinfish in a couple hours, and luckily had plenty of big shrimp too which they loved. It was my kind of fishing, we worked the trolling motor and fished along, catching as we moved. We found a few spots loaded with fish too. Some very big snook were had later too in some good honey holes. Also a lot of our redfish were good size too. Just awesome fishing and John was spoiled having never caught either a snook or red before. We looked for tarpon briefly for the last hour and found a handful, but no cooperation there though we did catch a handful of sharks. But still what a day! The kind that keeps you coming back when those magical conditions arrive and it’s like a dream out there!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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8/9/19 August Fishing in the Florida Keys

Well summer is rolling by quickly as we are well into August already.  The fishing has been just about as hot as the weather though thankfully!  I’ve still been focused mostly on tarpon as is usually the case with me.  Summer is often one of my favorite times of year to fish them, as the spawning business is done with and many of the resident fish show back up and are hungry and ready to feed.  This july was not quite as good as last year’s epic fishing, but had been consistent none the less.  However August things have honestly gotten a little more hit and miss so far.  As of late it seems you can usually get a good crack early on the tarpon if you are lucky, and then hadn’t been seeing much past 9 AM or so.  But that can all change in a hurry as we know and as I like to say you don’t know unless you go.  Thankfully though we’ve had some pretty epic fishing for other things.  Snook and redfish fishing has been about as good as I’ve ever seen it.  And this can be any time of day often too though mornings are still usually nicer with the heat.  For my customers that haven’t been wanting just tarpon, i’ve usually been fishing the islands and shorelines and catching 50 or more redfish/snook is not uncommon right now.  The other day I had Oliver and Matt out for a half day and the boys put on a clinic catching probably 50 redfish, 20 snook, and a big lemon shark in just a 4 hour trip!  Today I had James, Alex, and Amy out.  We did a 3/4 day and they probably caught 30 snook and 40 reds.  Just incredible fishing.  We also had pretty epic fishing for tripletail in june and early july, and there are still a decent number of them floating around but you would likely have to put some time in looking for them.  I have not been out in the gulf much lately as we had a bit of southwesterly wind for a while there with some of the weather systems that have been grazing us.  Not that it’s been crazy rough, but that wind direction isn’t very good for out there plus it does create a bite of a swell even without the wind cranking.  But right now we have very light/flat calm winds for the next week, and then just a light southeasterly.  So who knows there could still be some big schools of permit out there.  If you are interested in fishing, give me a shout!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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6/20/19 Late June Summer time fishing in Islamorada

Well summer is here and the fishing is just great!  I’m still doing a lot of tarpon fishing but we’ve also had some other things going on too.  With my new Contender Bay Boat that can go 50 mph, i’ve been able to get to some pretty cool areas deep in the backcountry as well as out in the gulf.  We’ve been having some great permit fishing out on some deeper gulf wrecks, and that should continue through July which is often when it gets even better!  With this new boat, on a full day you can easily have time to tarpon fish in the morning, then hit the gulf wrecks in the afternoon on the right days (calmer, can’t be cranking wind) and then still even possibly have time to do something else on the way home!  Just all depends how cooperative the fish are.  Anyways in the last couple weeks, we’ve had some great days out there catching multiple permit on some trips.  Other days they were a little bit tougher and we may have just gotten 1 or 2.  Tarpon fishing has been pretty good for me lately though I’ve been running very far.  It’s been consistent though, I have yet to strike out in the area I’m fishing and most of the time we’ve landed multiple fish.  Snook and redfish fishing had been very good back there too, though as of late it got a little tougher in some areas with the southerly winds we had.  Though the flamingo area has still been good with snook/redfish even with that not so great wind direction.  Anyways July is just around the corner and that is one of my favorite months to fish here.  It was a stellar month for tarpon last year and often is, and again can be great for other things too!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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