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***We are more or less shut down as of now due to the Corona Virus.  Visitors have been asked to leave the Florida Keys.  Hotels & Bars are closed, restaurants are only doing take-out.  We’re still allowed to fish and other businesses are still allowed to operate as of this time.  As of now they are also closing down access to the keys for visitors, only people who live here or who have active essential work will be allowed down.  I’ll post more as we figure things out, but looks like we are going to be down for a good part of April at the least…***

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

4/4/20 April Deep Dropping in Islamorada for Golden Tilefish

Well a fun day spent with family and close friends yesterday deep dropping off Islamorada for some eating fish!  We fished with my brother Capt. Nick Stanczyk and caught an elusive Golden Tilefish!  Also a nice barrel fish and a few other smaller rosefish and a hake.  One of the silver linings of dealing with this corona virus… we are spending a lot more quality family time together.  Make sure to subscribe to our youtube channel, and we’ll keep the videos coming!

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

3/31/20 Offshore Fishing for big Sharks in Islamorada

Got offshore in my bay boat yesterday just to mess around while we are all still on lockdown here.  Caught some big sharks off the hump using huge amberjack as bait!  Check out the YouTube video here!

Also in regards to the coronavirus, we are still more or less out of business here in the Keys.  Roads are shut down to non-residents coming down from Miami indefinitely.  However we’re hoping in the next couple weeks at least that will open back up so perhaps people from south florida can come down and fish.  Fishing has been really good and you have the place to yourself, and it’s prime tarpon time now!

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

 

3/12/20 Backcountry Tarpon Action back in business

Well we had a chilly week again but water temps finally breached 70 degrees yesterday in the backcountry.  I had Reg and Lucinda whom were really after some tarpon and wanted to see it in the backcountry.  I wasn’t sure it’d be good or not, but today was our day.  Luckily we made it happen, not a ton of tarpon back there but enough we landed 2 and missed a 3rd.  But looks like no more cold fronts in the immediate future, and the winds are going to be a standard 10-15 mph.  So that should be good for tarpon fishing back there.  I also have had several days open up due to corona virus fears… so check with me you could get lucky and have cherry picked awesome early season tarpon days available, because otherwise I’m more or less booked through to Mid June.

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