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***The Keys are scheduled to reopen to visitors on June 1.  They’ve done a great job of keep Corona Virus out of the Keys and feel it’s safe to reopen the area to tourists.  However there will be some social distancing rules in effect, which I’m sure are encouraged everywhere.  June is starting to fill up as is July, so plan your trip soon!***

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

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

5/21/20 Snowy Grouper Deep dropping in Islamorada!

Check out this awesome Snowy Grouper we caught while fishing with my uncle Scott aboard his boat, Catch 22!  Great tasting we made fresh ceviche and enjoyed it.   We were fishing in around 800 feet of water where we sometimes catch queen snapper, and this bad boy ended up coming up from the depths.

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

 

Family fun day offshore, dolphin and tuna!

Had a great time with the family a couple days ago on a belated mother’s day fishing trip!  My brother Nick and I brought our mom and her husband Tim, our wives, and our kids Felix, Beau, and Sadie out.  Lots of fun and laughs, caught some tuna and dolphin.  Check out the video!

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

5/17/20 Skinny water Redfish fishing in Flamingo!

Check out the latest youtube video.. fishing with my friend Capt. Charles Hertel in his Hells Bay, doing the skinny 6 inches of water thing…

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

Catching bonefish in Islamorada, afternoon sunset trip.

Awesome night a few afternoons ago catching 3 bonefish and some bonnethead sharks with my dad and wife.  Check out the video and make sure to subscribe!

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

Epic day cathching TripleTail in Florida Bay

We had an awesome time catching tripletails a few days ago with my dad and our friend Capt. Bill Bassett.  Lots of free floaters.  We don’t normally keep this much fish, but with many hungry people to feed in town we decided to keep our limit of these great eating fish.

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

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