Catching and using pilchards in Islamorada

Pilchard bait overview

Pilchards are a great bait for all kinds of different species in many different areas.  In Islamorada, Florida they are a favorite of both offshore and inshore captains.  In the backcountry they are often used for species such as mangrove snapper, snook, trout, tarpon, and more.  They also work in the gulf for mackerel, cobia, and other predator fish.  On the ocean side they use them for tunas, sailfish, snapper, and more.  The nice thing about pilchards is you can chum with them which is very effective for certain species.  This really fires the fish up and gets them congregated behind the boat.  Some fish such as tarpon, snook, or tunas that can be tricky to get to feed will often go nuts when thrown handfuls of pilchards and can be hooked easily.  Catching pilchards in Islamorada and throughout the Florida Keys can be done in many different places as well as in a few different ways…

About Capt. Rick Stanczyk

Capt. Rick Stanczyk is a locally born and raised charter fishing captain in Islamorada, FL. He caught his first bonefish when he was 3 and has been ‘on the water fishing’ ever since. He loves what he does and enjoys showing his clients a great time fishing in the Florida Keys. Contact him at 305-747-6903 or!

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