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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1/17/20 Some big january everglades tarpon around the last couple days!

Yesterday we found a big school of tarpon in the everglades with the warm, calm weather.  Angler Mark Gregg caught about a 140 lber on light gear.  Almost got eaten by a huge shark but it got away!  We caught it all on video which you can watch below!  We also got about a 60 lb tarpon today for Gentry.  But winds are suppose to kick up to 30 mph tomorrow, and a cold front coming dropping temps into the 50s, so the tarpon thing will likely shut down again.  But I expect a good early season again like last year come February.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
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1/15/20 3/4 day backcountry fishing in the everglades!

Fun 3/4 day with the Nopps, they bid on a charter with me at the benefit for Capt. Chris Barron we had lots of fun with redfish, black drum, snook, and missed a tarpon!

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

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Monster Everglades snook in Flamingo!

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1/11/20 January Windy Day Fishing Charter

Got out with Steve, Tommy, Jules, and Taylor today for a 3/4 day.  They were suppose to fish with my brother Nick for swordfish but it had been blowing 25 knots for three days so that was a no-go.  But the nice thing about the backcountry we can always get out back there and do something.  We made a good run into the creeks about 30 miles, and once there it was nice and protected and the ride wasn’t too bad at all for the 25 Contender Bay Boat.  Fishing wasn’t red hot but it wasn’t too bad, we picked a few fish early on the falling tide, get 1 or 2 in a spot after sitting for 20 minutes, then move.  Then when the tide switched we got on to a couple good spots where we caught 6 or 8 fish.  Snook and redfish, nothing real big but a few decent slot reds at least.  We decided to cut it to a 3/4 day, and the ride home wasn’t too bad.  Beats sitting in the hotel room and again the great thing about fishing at a place like Bud n’ Mary’s, there are lots of captains with lots of boats and if the wind is blowing we can still get you out some way or another.

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

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Awesome Cobia catch on light tackle in the Gulf!

Check out our video from the other day, catching this massive 40 lb cobia on light tackle!  Make sure to like & subscribe to our channel on YouTube as well if you wanna see more.

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