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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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3/7/19 March Late Cold Front Fishing in Islamorada

So had yesterday off and we had a major weather change with a big cold front coming in. These can be good for a lot of our backcountry fishing in the winter, when we are regularly getting them and the water is already on the chilly side. However after it’s been in the 80s for nearly a month and felt like summer, it causes a drastic temperature change that can shut down a lot of the backcountry fishing. I wasn’t back there yesterday but this morning in a few areas, the water temperature dropped nearly 15 degrees from what it was, so I imagine that was quite the shock. On these types of days, you may be waiting around until mid day for fish to bite as they just aren’t use to that. I had Bruce, bill, bill, and Brian for a 3/4 day and we opted to just fish close and stay on the Atlantic side where the temperature swing wasn’t nearly as drastic and the warmer gulf stream keeps the water temperature more stable. It was a good bet, as we had a killer day on the patch reefs. Tons of various snapper, about a dozen small grouper, yellow Jacks, porgies, hogfish, bluefish, pompano, and a few other various critters. We ended up cutting our trip to a half day as we went through a lot of bait in a short amount of time, and the shrimp have been in short supply so you can’t just take as many as you’d like always. Looks like it is suppose to get back up into the 80s on Saturday and the water should have a chance to warm back up then too as we are suppose to have a brief window of calmer weather starting Friday evening until Saturday night. Tarpon fishing is likely a better bet around the bridges now until it has a chance to warm up more in the backcountry. But hopefully by Sunday when I’m fishing again that will be the case!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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2/28/19 End of February Backcountry Fishing Report Islamorada

Well I’ve gotten almost into full on tarpon mode as it’s been warm and calm the last few days and the fish have really shown up and been biting pretty good!  Today I had Matt and his wife Emily and we landed 4 tarpon, and jumped off a few others.  The day before I had Rich Riolo, long time bud n marys customer, with his friend Kevin and son Blitz.  They landed 2 tarpon, and jumped off another 4.  The day before that I had Scott and we found plenty of tarpon, but on this day the wind was howling and the fish just didn’t seem happy.  But we still made a good day of it catching a few sharks, a bunch of redfish, a handful of snook and trout, and a nice 35 lb goliath grouper on light tackle.  We’ve also been catching tripletail just about every day out there in between tarpon fishing.  Not a lot of big ones, but fun fishing for them anyways.  As we get into March, I’ll likely be more and more into tarpon fishing and I won’t be updating this blog as much.  So follow my other website islamoradatarpon.com for those daily updated fishing reports.  I’ll still post on here on occasion, or if we do some days where we aren’t targeting tarpon.  But it’s definitely the silver king’s time of year now.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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2/24/19 February Backcountry Fishing Trip in Islamorada Florida

Got out with Scott and his family today for a full day.  We ran back into the everglades with hopes of tarpon, but a backup plan of redfish, snook, etc…  South breeze which we don’t like too much, it’s a bad wind for fishing our backcountry in many areas.  Good thing we had the backup plan, there were not many tarpon about but we did manage to get a bite out of one.  He did not stay on the hook for us though.  We ended up catching quite a few redfish though probably close to three dozen or so, and maybe a half dozen small snook and a good dozen or so sea trout.  We hooked a couple big sharks too but they broke us off unfortunately.  Winds are suppose to swing back northeast tomorrow, and it’ll be windy but then Wednesday it starts to get calm, and Thursday through Sunday looks very calm I think it’ll be great fishing those days.  Anyways you gotta fish your conditions and that is what we did today, and we made a good day of it.  Back at it tomorrow.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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2/22/19 Everglades Backcountry Fishing Charter Full Day

Great day with Trent and Shannon down from NY. They got stuck in bad weather we were suppose to fish yesterday, but luckily I had today scheduled off for maintenance and I was able to get Caribee Boat Sales and Marina to do my service/warranty work Thursday afternoon. They do a great job looking after the guides with Yamahas. So we went today and it was a little better weather wise anyhow. Winds were slightly less though still a little breezy. We found a bunch of bait early on which we got a few throws on and loaded the wells. Tarpon was on Trents list, and I told him we’d been catching a few but we’ve had to put a little time in as they weren’t pulling us out of the boat quite yet with the chillier water. But things have warmed up each day, and today I think the water was close to 80 degrees back there. Anyways we didn’t see a lot of tarpon at first, but I did think we were in a few of them. We set up and within 10 minutes had a big shark on, and then about 5 minutes later, Trent had a nice tarpon on! We landed her, about a 60 lber. Got a few good jump shots and had the fish to hand on the leader, but she shook loose before we could set up for a boatside picture. After that, we decided getting one right off the bat was good so we went after some other stuff which I felt was a good move. We had to work at it, but as the tide dropped low the fishing got better and better. We got into quite a few redfish, and about a half dozen or so snook. Also Trent caught another small tarpon, and we had a couple other bites out of them. Great fishing! Once the tide came up, we ran out towards the gulf as the wind had laid down a little more. We found a few tripletails and caught several of them. We found a pack of tarpon offshore while doing that. We set up and caught a shark, and then made a move and soon Trent was hooked up to his 3rd tarpon of the day – a big 130 lber! We fought her and same thing got the fish to hand, but she made one big run and got under the boat with the big swells and popped off the leader before we could get pics. Oh well, again we got some good jump shots. Anyhow, fantastic fishing we seemed to just do everything right today and made it look easy, which it definitely wasn’t an easy conditions today. But you never know unless you go!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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2/20/19 February Windy Day Fishing in Islamorada

Another great day with Irv and his friend Bill. Winds were cranking 25 southeast, not great for fishing usually but we made it happen. Had a little rain to dodge as well but not too bad. We caught our limit of snapper early and then went back in the creeks to hide. Wasn’t a bad ride over really. We caught the bottom of the tide and picked a few redfish and couple snook to start. Seemed like it was gonna turn on but then seemed to go quiet. We waited for the tide but that didn‘t help either. We ran around and tried another spot. Caught a couple good snook there, and missed a couple others. Tide was racing in and got kinda high quickly .we bounced around again, blanking in the next stop. But then we found the right place at the right time! Bill got several small tarpon and missed a couple more. Irv got one too and missed one. We also caught a good handful of snook and redfish as well. The small tarpon flurried at first then they slowed down but it was cool! We then caught a few nice trout and small black drums. Last stop we picked a couple more redfish. All in all not a bad day at all considering our conditions. And both guys got a backcountry SLAM and then some!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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