9/20/15 September Islamorada Fishing Report

September is winding down though it has given me a welcomed break from fishing every day.  It is always our slowest month of the year.  Thankfully though as I mentioned it is a welcome one, a time to catch my breath and take care of all the things in life you can’t get to when you are so busy.  Anyways fishing can still be good this time of year it is just slow on the business side of things – with kids going back to school, hunting seasons opening everywhere, the possibilities of hurricanes (though unlikely), and the heat – all seem to keep it quiet here for the month.  Anyhow I have been getting out a couple days a week.  I’m not currently running my SeaCraft as it is getting some repair work done, but I am running a smaller action craft skiff.  I’ve still had the majority of my customers asking for tarpon and there have still been a few around.  It hasn’t been red hot action every day, though we have caught them just about every day we fished for them I think with exception to one.  A few days we had multiple shots and were able to land a couple fish, the others it was only a single shot but we got one.  Bait was fairly plentiful on the incoming tides in the backcountry, the falling tides it was a little tougher though we had gotten lucky a couple times and found some big schools of mullet in the gulf.  The sharks had been few and far between, though after the hard rains last week with the water cooling down about 10 degrees we did have some good shark action while tarpon fishing which was nice.  It is always nice to have that filler in between while waiting for a tarpon bite.  In the near-gulf bays the snapper fishing has been really good I’ve been chunking up mullet or ballyhoo and catching some big snappers.  This has been the best bet for action/rod bending, and there are big ladyfish and a few trout mixed in too.  This is not as tidal related and can be good into the Fall.  Snook and redfish have been around though honestly I haven’t done much of it as the bugs have been horrendous with all the rain we had, plus it has been difficult to find any good size pilchards.  My future forecast for October is…

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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 rick@fishingislamorada.com!
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