12/11/14 December Fishing in Islamorada backcountry

Well the december islamorada fishing has been pretty fantastic so far.  The time between thanksgiving and christmas sometimes is a bit slow for us with business, but with the few charters I’ve had and the fun fishing days, I’ve been keeping busy!  Things are picking up though this week the fun has rang a lot and most my days from the 20th through New Years are booked solid.  Still have a few days though before that if anyone wants to go out, and of course January is still great for florida keys winter fishing.  Today we had an epic day we had a good cold front come through the last few days, though the wind died down to less than 5mph today.  It was chilly though, in the 50s in the backcountry this morning.  We started out in the gulf and put the chum out, within 30 minutes we had a good spanish mackerel bite going.  We landed probably close to 3 dozen mackerel in 2 hours.  Mid day we ran back around the flamingo area to look for some snook and drum.  We found a good load of snook around some islands, and caught about 20 or so.  All feeding on lively big shrimp which are plentiful here in the winter time.  We also caught a handful of redfish and sheepshead.  We tried some of the channel runoffs the last hour of the day, though did not find much there, but my anglers arms were sore anyways so it was all good!  The last couple week during and after the cold fronts there has been good fishing in the backcountry, just have to catch the spots right.  Redfish, black drum, snook, and sheepshead are all on the menu.  Earlier this month I’ve mostly had half days fishing the patch reefs.  The action has been hot and heavy out there, with a good amount of porgy and hogfish around.  The hogs were very nice size a few days ago and we had half a dozen in the box for dinner.  Elsewhere in the islamorada backcountry the trout have been showing up in the ditches too, and the nice size big ‘winter time’ trout.  This is a fun option for half day trips, and you can stay in fairly calm water too.  Drop me a line and lets plan your next florida keys fishing vacation.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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12/3/14 Reef Fishing in Islamorada

It’s definitely “winter-time” fishing here in Islamorada now! We’ve had a few cold fronts come through the last few weeks and we are seeing the usual suspects while out there fishing. Each trip on my charter boat, Bn’M II at Bud n’ Mary’s Marina, has been a little different. Conditions change everyday but we’ve caught plenty of fish by the end of each Islamorada full day fishing trip. We’ve had quite a few families out fishing the last couple weeks and it’s been great seeing the smiles all the kids have had while catching fish! We’ve been live baiting while kite fishing and slow trolling for sailfish, king mackerel, and the occasional mahi and blackfin tuna. A couple days we caught a surprising amount  of mahi for late November, but I wouldn’t expect to catch tons of them throughout the winter.  I really haven’t put much time in for wahoo or cobia yet, but I have seen a couple around the dock. They should only get better as the weeks pass. We’ve been doing a lot of anchoring down for bottom fishing lately too. A few days the conditions were tough, with the current going into the wind. But after moving a couple times and trying both the shallow patch reefs and the deeper main reef we’ve caught a bucket full of fish each trip! We’ve had plenty of yellowtail snapper, a few big mangrove snapper, a couple mutton snapper, a few black groupers, and had a surprise amberjack the other day. Send me an email to bnmcharters@gmail.com and let me know if you’d like to book a fishing trip.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

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11/8/14 November Backcountry Fishing in Islamorada

We’re a good way into November and are officially in ‘fall’ fishing mode here in the Florida Keys.  We’ve had a real taste of colder weather we had a good front about a week ago that dropped temperatures down in the high 50s here.  That chilled the water temps down nicely they are back in the mid 70s now but that gave us a few real good days of backcountry inshore fishing in the florida keys.  We had an excellent day with redfish and snook catching over 3 dozen fish a few days ago, mostly redfish on the bottom of the tides in channel runoffs.  The last couple of days I’ve been snook fishing and that has been pretty good we got double digit snook each day the last two days.  They’ve been eating pilchards which are readily available on the shorelines of Islamorada.  We catch them fresh every morning usually.  The snook fishing has been decent it’s not a bite every cast and often it requires a good bit of chumming to get them going, but we’ve been able to get a good catch with some hard work.  Elsewhere the patch reefs have been strong with snapper, porgy, and hogfish.  The spanish mackerel bite has not really fired up red hot yet, though that should get good with another front which we may be getting this weekend.  If your looking to come experience fishing in the everglades now is a great time.  Or if you want a half day of action and good eating fish, the patch reefs of islamorada are a great option too.  Give me a call let’s go fishing!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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Fall fishing in Islamorada with Capt. Nick Stanczyk on the Bn’M II

The Fall is definitely my favorite time of year to swordfish in Islamorada, but it’s a fun time of year on edge of the reef as well. Our swordfish streak has continued. We’ve caught 1 or more fish on 16 consecutive trips, including a couple on each of our last two trips. The Islamorada Offshore fishing charters have mostly been  fishing on the edge of reef, wrecks, and shallow patch reefs. Conditions change each day, but lately we’ve had snapper, grouper, mackerel, barracuda, shark, a couple mahi, a couple blackfin tuna, and had a couple sailfish on, but the sails won the battle. As we get more into winter we should have more and more sailfish opportunities, a few wahoo, more cobia, etc. Send me an email to bnmcharters@gmail.com if you’d like to try your luck live baiting, bottom fishing, or deep drop swordfishing!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

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End of October Florida Keys Backcountry Fishing Report

We are near the end of October and things are really starting to feel like Fall here in Islamorada, Florida Keys.  We have had a couple of ‘cool fronts’ where the weather has gotten down to 70 degrees or so, which has helped cool the water down a bit.  This has made some of the inshore fish happy especially snook and redfish.  The fishing around the mainland cape and some of the island moats and channel runoffs had been good during and right after these fronts.  We had some good days of snook and redfish fishing, it was very nice to see some redfish move into these areas as they had been very shallow for most of the summer.  Bait has been thick we are in the midst of the fall bait run, and many hungry predators are right nearby.  Tarpon can often be seen busting big balls of bait which is an awesome thing to see.  Though we have not had the craziness of thousands of tarpon which we saw the last few years during this spectacle, but seems to be fish much more spread out and not as many numbers.  We’ve had luck though catching tarpon the last couple weeks, one day we caught 5 out of 12 which was phenomenal!  And most days that we have tried we have had luck catching at least one, plus plenty of big blacktips sharks to keep busy.  A few of the big winter time tarpon have been in the mix too we had several fish the last week over 100 lbs.  In the gulf there have been a handful of spanish mackerel, that fishing should really start to heat up in November and further out in the gulf cobia and tripletail can be found.  The patch reefs have been very good too I was out there a few days.  We had good action fishing just shrimp with nice size porgies, lots of mutton snappers, yellowtail, bar jacks, and a few hogfish.  Had a keeper mutton on the last two trips out there as well which is nice to see on the shallow patches.  November is filling up fast give me a call if you want to get out on the water and fish, it is a great time as things are cooling off!  305-747-6903

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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October Offshore Fishing Islamorada Florida

It’s been a mixed bag of fish here while fishing in Islamorada in October 2014! The swordfish bite has been as exciting as ever! We’ve caught fish our past 13 trips in a row since Mid September! We have released many of the fish, and have kept some for dinner, with the biggest pushing 200 lbs! Most trips have been 2 – 3 fish but we did have 5 on one, and a few with 1 fish. We will start fishing the reef and wrecks more and more the next few months. The sailfish will be the next exciting fish of the season that we target. There’s still some blackfin tuna and mahi around, although the mahi will thin out as we get into November. We should start catching some more grouper, wahoo, and king mackerel as the water cools too. Shoot me an email to bnmcharters@gmail.com when you’re ready to set up your private fishing charter in Islamorada!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

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October Islamorada Backcountry Fishing Report

Well we are smack in the middle of October and things are starting to pick up again with business.  September I was out of town for a good part of, and the rest of the time was fairly slow as usual.  But everyone needs some times off.  So the beginning of October fishing has been fair – not great but not terrible – and I’ve been able to put together good catches for the day but really having to work at it.  We had not gotten a whole lot of cool weather, with exception to while I was still away very early in the month.  But it warmed up again very quickly and I think the fish are ready for a break from summer.  There had been a pick of snook around the islands and shorelines in the everglades, with the occasional redfish mixed in.  Lots of snappers, jacks, and some trout and ladyfish to keep the rods bent.  Half day trips snapper fishing has been a good bet, if you take your time with the live baits you can pick out some real nice size ones around the islands and potholes in the gulf area.  Many snook and redfish ‘spots’ had been loaded with juvenile snappers, and the tough thing is getting a bait to the desired fish without one of them grabbing it.  Sharks are in the mix if you want something big, and a few tarpon as well.  We did have a good tarpon trip a few days ago landing 2 out of 4 nice tarpon.  There has also been some smaller baby tarpon as well.  Now the tarpon fishing in October in the everglades can go buck wild if you catch it right… if we get some more northerly breezes that can push the baitfish down the coast and lead to some unbelievable tarpon action.  Yesterday we finally got another mild front and today the fishing was very good back there.  The temperatures dropped and the water was in the high 70s in the morning.  Snook and redfish made their presence known and the water in the cape sable area was very pretty with a good north breeze.  We caught double digit snook, and double digit redfish, so the action was hot!  Also some big jacks and a juvenile goliath grouper. One thing that has been prevalent has been bait.  Pilchards are readily available around many islands and shorelines of islamorada, and they have gotten bigger than they were last month so they are perfect snook and redfish bait size now.  Fishing should only get better and we should be getting more and more cool air from the north as we get into later fall/winter.  This is when the snook, redfish, and black drum fishing gets very good.  We also get hot action with spanish mackerel in the gulf, a mix of cobia, tripletail, bluefish, and more.  Plus don’t forget the patch reefs with mutton snapper, hogfish, porgy, and more – great for table fare!  The rest of October is fairly busy for me though I do have a few open days, and November is starting to fill up fast.  So if your interested in booking a trip, drop me a line sooner rather than later.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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9/30/14 Deep Sea Fishing Report Capt. Nick Stanczyk

We’ve had some great Islamorada deep sea fishing here the past month.  We’ve got blackfin tunas on the hump each trip we’ve tried, anywhere from 3 – 25 lbs. The mahi have been sporadic, but we did catch around 1o yesterday. On the reef and the wrecks we’ve caught a couple gag groupers, mutton snapper, king mackerel, and mangrove snapper. The daytime swordfish bite has been on fire too! We caught 3 our last trip, and the had 1 fish on each of the two trips prior to that, and 4 fish on the trip before those! The fish haven’t been huge, but anywhere up to 100 lbs. Email me at bnmcharters@gmail.com if you’d like to set up your next Islamorada fishing trip!

Tight Lines,

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

 

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September Islamorada Backcountry Fishing Report

We are half way through September and the last couple weeks you can really tell we are in ‘off season’ mode here in Islamorada, Florida Keys.  I was out of town for a couple weeks the last part of August getting married and have been back here since early September.  I’ve only fished a few days mostly for fun and a couple charters, but its that time of year to relax and take a breath.  Business was extremely good this year and I was fishing every day up until I left, so I’ve been doing some work on the boat and enjoying myself a bit too.  Anyways the fishing has been fairly good the few times I’ve been out, and I’ve been talking to others who have been getting out here and there.  Still some tarpon in the backcountry we caught a nice 70 lb fish last Saturday. Tarpon fishing is definitely still a viable option through October, and we also usually get an insane ‘fall bait run’ during the month so if your here during that, tarpon fishing can be epic before things really cool down.  Also we caught several goliath groupers with the big rods that day.  We finished the day with some lunker mangrove snappers (2 to 3 lbs!) we caught drifting chunks, and had some snook action too.  The snook and redfish fishing should continue to get better as we get into October, as things cool down and these fish move into the deeper creeks, canals, moats, and other areas where larger boats like mine fish them in the fall and winter.  Many of the local shorelines and islands are loading up with small pilchards (baitfish) which is the norm this time of year.  Once we really get into the fall these guys should grow in size and will be great bait for both offshore and inshore fishing.  They are what we like to call ‘snook candy’!  I was out sight fishing for fun yesterday with a fellow captain and we had a blast.  We poled some shallow shorelines areas and around some islands in the backcountry around flamingo.  We saw about a dozen redfish and a dozen snook, though only had a few bites out of the reds and landed a couple nice ones.  The snook were leary and not interested in the shrimp we offered them.  But it was very cool to be on the bow doing that as I don’t get to do much of it myself when running my boat!  The best part about fishing the next couple of months though is just being out there.  The boat traffic we see in the spring and early summer is gone, so you often feel like you have the entire backcountry/everglades all to yourself.  As things cool off too look for the spanish mackerel fishing in the gulf to pick up, that is always a great option for rod bending action and those fish can pull some drag!  Plenty of big blacktip sharks usually in the mix with them as well as other varieties of fish.  The patch reef fishing heats up too with hogfish, porgy, grouper, snapper, and the like – perfect if you want a half day trip of eatin’ fish!  Drop me a line and lets go fishing this is a great time of year to get out!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
305-747-6903
rick@fishingislamorada.com

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Offshore fishing in Islamorada Summer 2014

Hey Everyone,

Been a while since I gave an updated report about fishing in Islamorada, but here’s a few pics from the last couple months. It has been a much better year for daytime swordfish than last year. They still aren’t guaranteed by any means, but we caught 1 or 2 broadbill swordfish on 15 of our last 20 trips. Most the fish have been from 50 – 120 lbs, but we did have a couple over 200 this summer as well. The mahi are finally slowing down a little the past week here in August, but June and July were two of the most consistent months for mahi we’ve ever seen! There was plenty of keeper size fish from 3 – 8 lbs, and we had a couple big bulls this year. A 57 lber was our biggest on the Bn’M II, and my personal best here my entire life! A 42 lber bull was my second biggest of the season. The blackfin tuna were a little hit and miss this summer, but the last week they have been showing up in good numbers on the humps. I currently have my 36′ Jersey Devil Sportfish Boat for sale. The next few months we should see more good swordfishing when the weather cooperates, and the blackfin tunas and sharks on the humps should be entertaining as well.

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

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