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.
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
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.
Got out for a fun trip today with my wife Elizabeth, and our friends Travis and Virginia. They hadn’t really seen any of the mainland everglades before even though they live here, and Virginia really loves birds too so she was super excited. We caught some bait to start the day and then headed back. Stopped at an island and caught a few snook so a nice start. Also saw some roseatte spoonbills and other birds. After that we ran out and wanted to give a shot at a spot where some bigger fish were last week. I knew the tide was different though but just wanted to see if they were there. It looked pretty good, and sure enough we got into a mess of redfish! Nice fish too no super monsters, but many in the 6 to 8 lb range, and a few in the 10 to 12 lb range! We tried another spot and Virginia got a monster black drum about 25 lbs, and we got a few nice snook that were 8 lbs or so. Spot #3 produced a couple big snook in the 15-18 lb range! And a few more smaller redfish. We then ran through the canals and saw some crocodiles, more birds, a manatee, and a few other creatures like turtles and dolphins. It was really cool for them. Just a perfect day and looks like the winds will crank from the south tomorrow, so that may make things a little tough tomorrow. But it calms down quickly again and looks like it’ll be nice early next week. There’s lots of cool stuff to catch right now and I have plenty of availability now and in November.
Had a great day filming our first episode of the new Bud n Mary’s YouTube show! Got out with my dad, Brandon, and Clay having some fun in the Backcountry and gulf. Winds weren’t too heavy but not a great direction being Southwest so things were a little muddy in several areas early on the falling tide. We ran far and got to clean water and made a good morning, picking away at some snook and a few reds, trout, and Jack’s. Got into one spot when the tide turned where we caught ’em good but nothing super big. On the way home though we tried an area and lucked out, got into a crazy redfish bite with all fish a good 5 lbs or more. A handful in the 10 to 18 lb range too just awesome, plus a couple good snook as well. What a way to end it and awesome to get it on film can’t wait to see the first episode. Will keep y’all posted when we get it up stay tuned!
Got out with Jim, Jim, James, and Bob for a full day trip. Nice thing about the new boat you can do 4 when necessary. I don’t really advertise it as it’s just a little more work than I like and can make the fishing a little more difficult with more bodies in the way and stuff to be done constantly. But off season I take ’em! Luckily fishing has been good enough to support it as well. We headed out into the backcountry, caught some bait on the way. It was pretty windy and a little rainy in Islamorada, but once we got tucked away in the everglades it was nice until we left for home. We were on fish all day, fished four spots and just hung tight as we steadily caught fish all day long. It kind of got better and better. Lost count on snook but I imagine 60 or so, and a good dozen redfish of nice quality size. The boys had a great time! I’ll be back at it tomorrow, then I dont’ have much going on during the week. But Monday looks fairly nice, and by wednesday it’s suppose to get very calm for a few days through Friday… The big fish will hopefully come out to play those days. We may go fun fishing/filming Wednesday, but if you are looking for ideal days to fish, Thursday and Friday could be it at least from what it looks like right now.
Got out for a 3/4 day with Andrew, Jen, and Nathan. We headed out into the backcountry, winds were northeast going more east throughout the day, blowing a good 15 to 20 mph. We caught bait easily, one throw of the net and got a ton of pilchards. We got into the backcountry and tried a few spots. Last bit of falling tide and not much doing, each of the first 3 stops we made produced 1 snook each. Finally the tide quit and we sat and as it changed, the bite picked up. We had a good little rally, catching a good 7 or 8 snook and a redfish. Then it slowed down again and we made a move. Went to try some areas for some bigger fish. Didn’t look great out there though, very muddy and the tide was already ripping. We did manage one good snook bite that zipped off a good bit of drag but unfortunately pulled the hook. But we did get a redfish and a tripletail while we were there so not a total loss! After that the tide was high enough to try another area I’ve liked as of late. We got into a crazy snook bite there, lost count but probably caught 40 or so there plus another 8 or 10 redfish. A handful of better size snook too which was nice. After that it was time to head on home, a tad bumpy but nothing the Contender 25 couldn’t handle we made good time cruising at 43 mph! Back at it tomorrow.