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Hello and thanks for dropping by my website!  My name is Capt. Rick Stanczyk and I’m a fishing guide in Islamorada, Florida.  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 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 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 weekly 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
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P.S. For daily updated tarpon fishing reports, look at http://www.islamoradatarpon.com

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11/20/17 November Fishing the Atlantic in Islamorada

Got out with John and his sons Nick and Shaun today for a 3/4 day of inshore fishing in Islamorada.  November has been steady with good action.  We decided to stay local as the boys wanted more action and the backcountry right now has been a little more hit and miss, especially if you are only doing a 3/4 day as opposed to a full day.  They also wanted some tablefare, and the islamorada patch reefs have been good for that!  We found a good amount of snappers on our first stop.  Even got a few lane snappers which was a welcome surprise!  We had hits on our live bait pilchards as well as shrimp.  We got some keeper mangroves, one keeper yellowtail, and then some more throwbacks.  Also some throwback mutton snappers.  We got a small grouper too which was cool, and everyone got to catch some small blacktip sharks!  The sharks got keyed in on our chum line, and they were loving the free lined pilchards and are a great fight on light tackle.  Lots of fun for the kids especially.  After that the winds started to kick up a little more so we tried some stuff close to shore.  We got John a nice snook near the bridge, and had another one on though we lost it.  The islamorada bridge snook fishing can be good this time of year but you have to have the bait, which we did!  Next stop we found some good size mangrove snappers, and kept a couple more of them.  No more snook however.  We blanked on a few more snook stops, did find a few baby tarpon in one place but they didn’t respond to our offerings.  The last stop we found a big old school of jack crevelle going crazy on some baitfish!  We caught several of them and it was entertaining watching the school come up and go crazy on the baits they were chasing.  After that the boys had enough and we came in a little early.  Fun day out there and nice to get some variety!  I’m out of town now for a few days but coming back Friday evening.  If anybody wants to go fishing this coming weekend I still have availability.  Looks like we will be getting a nice cool down into the 60s… that could be excellent for our backcountry fishery with drum, snook, sheepshead, etc…  Give me a shout!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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11/19/17 November Patch Reef Fishing in the Florida Keys

Got out with Floyd and his son Grant today who were down from the gulf coast.  We had a half day trip of florida keys fishing scheduled so I opted to fish the patch reefs.  The winds were light out of the north and dropped down to almost nothing by late morning… very nice day out there.  The november patch reef fishing has been a good option as of late, with plenty of action out there and table fare if you so desire.  We had shrimp for bait but also found a few pilchards though lots of small ones, but a good handful of hook baits too.  Snappers were everywhere, we caught a mix of mangroves, yellowtails, and muttons, in 4 different spots.  Also got a few bar jacks too.  No porgy or hogfish for me yet though I’ve heard a few guys have found some hogs on some rock piles.  However this year though the hogfish season is closed until May so it’s more or less not something we’ll keep for table, but they are good rod benders though.  The last place we stopped we did get into a good little barracuda bite which was fun.  I changed our rigs to something a little heavier and we caught about a half dozen nice 4-6 lb cudas, lots of fun on the light gear.  We also had something big that ate a large free lined shrimp, I think may of been a nice grouper, but unfortunately the hook pulled after a 5 minute battle.  If you want to do some reef fishing for barracuda in islamorada, it’s a great time of year and they are consistently available on some of the patch reefs.  I am booked tomorrow then going out of town tuesday for the holidays.  I’ll be back late Friday, so if anyone wants to go next Saturday or Sunday, I’m available!  Give me a shout!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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11/17/17 November Patch Reef Fishing in Islamorada

Got out with Mike today down from ND for a 3/4 day of fishing.  He didn’t have any specific species in mind for targeting.  I told him it had been a little tough out back the last few days from what I’d heard, and since we just had a 3/4 day I knew that wouldn’t leave us a lot of time to switch gears once we made the hour+ trek back there if things didn’t work out well.  So we decided to stay close and fish the patches and local areas.  We spent a good hour or so looking for live bait but didn’t have much luck with that, only found one school of baby pilchards which were hardly worth throwing on, but I did get a few of them.  Bait has not been consistent as of late.  Luckily the live shrimp have been good size.  November patch reef fishing is usually a good bet as the water temperatures dip down and the shallow reefs become alive.  We had good action in a couple spots with various types of snappers.  We got some nice mangrove snappers for dinner and Mike planned on a little hook and cook at lazy days.  We also got some juvenile muttons, yellowtails, and a few grunts.  One spot had a good school of yellow bar jacks too which were fun they pull a good bit!  After that we tried a bay spot for some mackerel, but we had a weak tide going into the wind and not much happened there at all.  We decided to finish up by trying some stake up bonefishing, which I don’t really do a whole lot of.  We tried a couple different flats on the ocean side, but no bonefish bites.  We did get a small bonnethead shark and a couple rays though.  Anyways I’m not booked tomorrow, then have sunday and monday on the books, and going out of town tuesday for thanksgiving.  If you want to go tomorrow give me a shout, or I have some days available after thanksgiving starting next Saturday!  Hopefully we will get a little blast of cold weather sometime in the next week to spark up the winter time fishing.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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11/13/17 November Snook Fishing in Everglades National Park

Got out with Gus and his friend Capt. Rick Rodriguez who runs a charter boat here in town.  I hadn’t met Rick before but he got my name through a mutual friend.  Gus and him wanted to catch some snook and had been friends for a long time, so Rick didn’t mind being the tourist for a day.  I caught a bunch of bait yesterday so we were well prepared and headed out early.  Live pilchards for backcountry fishing make a huge difference when the water is fairly warm like it is.  Snook just love live pilchards!  We found them in the first 3 spots we fished.  Not a ton of fish, but we probably caught half a dozen in each stop.  We also found a few nice size spotted seatrout.  Even though november is snook season in florida we opted for catch and release, as I don’t really like to kill snook as there are other more plentiful fish that are just as good to eat.  If you are wondering about how to fish for snook in the florida keys, it’s pretty simple.  We fish circle hooks with either free lined, or lightly weighted, and throw them in known ‘snook holes’.  Snook like to hang out often along the mangrove-laden shorelines, creek mouths, and oyster bars.  Some of these are easy to see, others you have to know where they lie in the water.  Anyways it was good action in the morning.  Later on in the day we had a couple spots with nothing, then we found a few more snook and got a nice juvenile redfish fishing a little shoreline of an island.  Later on we found a bunch of small tarpon rolling about and tried to get them to play, but not much luck with that.  We did get a nice 50 lb bull shark though on our light tackle rig which was a fun way to end the day.  It was gorgeous in the everglades and I was happy to see the water looked about as good as I’ve seen it since hurricane irma, hopefully some more cool weather will keep it that way and our winter time fishing will pick up with more redfish, drum, and sheepshead along with snook.  Anyways I’m open most of this week if anybody wants to go, look me up!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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11/11/17 November Fishing in Florida Bay

Got out with Andy and his stepson Trey again for day 2 of fishing in the florida keys in november.  The winds were howling out of the east 25 mph, but the nice thing about the charter fishing in the keys is we have a lot of protected water in the florida bay.  We can skirt along the edges of the shallow bay flats to keep the waves down and keep everyone fairly dry for the ride.  We did some everglades mangrove island fishing and caught some mangrove snappers.  Not anything huge but we got a half dozen keeper size ones which we kept for the boys for lunch.  Just about every restaurant in town will do a florida keys hook and cook with snapper, and we don’t mind to fillet them for you at the dock.  We also got a nice jack crevelle, and Trey got a sheepshead which was another species on his list of fish.  I think they both ended up catching at least a half dozen species of fish in their 2 days they’d never caught before!  After that we headed back towards channel 2 bridge in islamorada for fishing in the bay.  We hit a little wreck and anchored which was a little tough as it was so windy but finally got the boat to hang.  Once we got to fishing it wasn’t too bad, we caught some more jack crevelles, a couple big ladyfish, and a couple mackerel though both the spanish mackerel cut us off at the boat before we could get any pictures.  After an hour or so of that the guys were wore out and hungry so we headed in a little early on our 3/4 day to clean fish and send them to the restaurant for lunch!  They had a great time doing something different on their second day of fishing here, and Andy said he’d be back next June for some summer time tarpon fishing in the everglades.  I’m not booked tomorrow but have a full day trip Monday, think we are going after snook and the winds are suppse to lay back down tomorrow so hopefully it’ll be good!  I’ll probably try to catch some live pilchards for bait fish tomorrow so I’ll be locked and loaded for Monday.

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