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 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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5/22/19 May Backcountry Mixed Bag Fishing in Islamorada

Had no time to post yesterday, but had Chad and his son Logan again for day 2. We made a long run in hopes of finding some tarpon in some other areas. Found a handful but not what we were really looking for. Hard to line up on though we did get in them but non responsive. Luckily we had good Plan B options. We caught a bunch of smaller redfish and snook, plus plenty of trout, ladyfish, and jacks. Looked around in the gulf and got a juvenile goliath and a few pompano as well. Tried one more stop for tarpon on the way home and found a few but again no luck, though did catch a cool hammerhead!

Today I had my dad and his long time friends Bill and Charlie. We werent concerned with tarpon today do we spent the early part of the day catching bait. Hair hooked some nice pilchards and caught a few mackerel too. We found some very nice size snook in several spots. Really had them going in one, it was fun. Dad caught a nice big one probably 14 lbs or so. After that we found the redfish again and a few trout. We then cruised the gulf again to finish the day, catching mostly jacks and one nice pompano. But we did get lucky and found some permit and dad got a nice 20 lber! Bill also caught a big jack crevelle and a 18 lb cobia. Banner day everything seemed to work out for us, and great first trip for dad in the new boat. The contender seems to be a fish catching machine!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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4/28/19 Everglades Fishing in Islamorada for snook and redfish

Mixed it up today with Scott and Leslie. They caught tarpon the other day and wanted to see the backcountry. We had decent action throughout the day, had to work at it somewhat but caught a good handful of snook, quite a few redfish, a juvenile Goliath grouper, and several trout and Jack’s. Weather was gorgeous and we got to see plenty of birds and crocodiles too. The next few days I have some regulars and we will likely be doing similar stuff I don’t think tarpon will be the main objective.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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4/17/19 April Snook Fishing in the Florida Keys

Fun day 2 with Brent and Colin! We decided to mix it up and went after snook in the Everglades. We first had to catch some pilchards, which we found near home. Got one good shot on them and wound up with 5 dozen baits or so. We headed out back after that. First stop we caught the tide change. Nothing at first, but soon we hooked up a nice snook Colin landed. A beauty around 15 lbs! That wound up being the biggest of the day. After that we caught a smaller one, and broke off a other one that was probably a larger one. We then tried some shoreline area without much luck. We hit the creeks and picked a few more snook out of there about a half dozen or so. After the tide got higher, we snuck out to where I hoped a school of reds would be. There weren’t many reds, but plenty of more snook! We caught a dozen or so more and a couple reds as well as a big trout. We then ran back towards home in hopes of a tarpon. Gave it a try for the last hour or so but no luck. Anyways overall a great day fun to do something different again. Back to the tarpon grind tomorrow, then off for a couple days. Looks like undesirable weather Friday and Saturday with another late cold front wind swing, so won’t mind being off!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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4/11/19 April Fishing Islamorada in the Gulf of Mexico

Well got cancelled last minute so my dad jumped at the opportunity. We took our friend Brandon who works at bud n marys. Near slick calm but still a slight west breeze early. Water was super muddy in a lot of areas from the undesirable wind the last couple days. We found a few big snook early, several cut us off but we landed one. Also Brandon got a nice small tarpon to the boat a few times before he jumped off. And my dad had jumped off another later. Also played with a few big Goliath grouper, but no luck getting them outta there hole some sharp stuff down there to cut us off! After that we went searching for permit. Didn’t seem real hopeful water didn’t look great but the wind laid out and tide was falling good. We checked a couple spots and caught a few mackerels, jacks, and sharks. Finally we had a little time left we decided to just cruised and look. Low and behold we found what we were looking for! They were running hard but we chased them and presented a few crabs, after a couple turn down Brandon hooked up! We tried to continue after the school but eventually we were worried we’d get spooled so we slowed down and caught our hooked fish. After that it was near time to go home, we looked around a few more minutes but never saw the fish again. Really felt like we found a needle in a haystack! Nice ride back home and great end to a fun day.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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4/3/19 April Snook and Redfish Fishing in Islamorada

Fun day with new customers Jon and Ronda. They did not want to go after tarpon and I was fine to give them a break today, as it was forecast to be pretty windy and not ideal conditions. It ended up being not so bad early but got windy as the day progressed. We had good luck snook fishing early on, fishing baits along the shoreline we caught 8 or so nice size snook in the 5 to 8 lb range. Also a handful of whopper trout that were over slot. After that we hit the creeks and picked away at snook in there. Had to move around but I think we got at least one fish in each place we stopped. Last stop in there we had a little rally and hooked probably 5 more snook but only landed one as they were pulling off and breaking us off on a tree. Jon also got a juvenile Goliath here. After that we decided to switch gears and went to the redfish hole, which was solid again we caught probably 30 reds, and also another 4 snook there including one nice size one. Great finish to another great day. Back at it tomorrow the winds are suppose to lighten somewhat and go more easterly. Not sure what the fishing plan is yet but we will be ready for anything!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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