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
Spring has sprung.. incredible day with pops, cousin Kevin, and neice Casey. Jurassic Park was open with big redfish, mongo snook, 45ish lb cobia, 45ish lb big nasty black drum (one of biggest I’ve seen), and a couple big tarpon. Once in a lifetime type of day!
Got out with Steve, Chris, Kelly, and Cathy today for a full days trip. They were visiting from Oregon and wanted to see the backcountry. We ran into the creeks, it was a southeasterly wind not too bad in the morning but picked up by the afternoon. Bugs got us a little bit early on, we caught about a half dozen fish in 20 minutes, and then moved as they were getting horrendous! Luckily next stop was more open area and the bugs weren’t too bad at all there. We continued to pick away at redfish and snook. When the tide started to bottom out an hour or so later, we made another move and then got into a a good rally of fish. Chris had a tarpon on that we got near boatside then threw the hook. We then got into a bunch of snook and redfish, really lost count. Cathy got a tarpon and that one we landed, got it on video but it jumped out of my hands before we could get a good still pic! Cathy got a small goliath grouper as well. When the tide changed, the fishing slowed a little and we eventually called it quits. The wind was ripping on the way home, but we had a little extra time to try a spot for a shot at something big. Conditions didn’t look great, but looked like we had a shot at least. We got another small goliath to start, then Chris hooked up 3 nice redfish in a row – an 18 lber, a 15 lber, and then a 10 lber! Great way to end the day with some real quality fish!
Got out with the Kentucky crew today, Don, John, Jeff, and Boyd. Winds were howling a bit but nothing the Contender Bay couldn’t handle. We tucked up in the creeks, it was dead low tide early on and a little scary getting into some areas. Slow start but once the tide started to trickle in, the fish did too. Picked away at some snook and redfish, then after 3 or 4 stops got into a little flurry of them catching maybe a dozen or so. Next stop we got into a pretty hot snook bite probably caught three dozen fish in an hour and a half or so. Nothing super huge but the numbers added up by the days end probably close to 50 fish. Wind really started kicking on the ride home a good 25 mph or so. But nice to put up numbers like that with the wind machine cranking hard. Back at it tomorrow looks like similar conditions.
Check out our latest video on YouTube, fishing with long time friend Darryl Choronzey from Canada. Darryl had a long running fishing show up there, Going Fishing, and had shot several shows at Bud n Marys over the years. We have a great time along with my dad and Brandon ‘Bean’ Storin catching snook, drum, redfish, and more – including a monster bull red to end the day! Make sure to subscribe to our channel if you want to see more.