11/29/16 November Fishing in the Florida Bay

Got out today for just a half day, we were suppose to fish all day but had a little bit of engine squirliness and didn’t want to stay out longer.  Anyways luckily the service shop will be able to get me in quick to check things out.  We had a great morning though the spanish mackerel bit their tails off we probably caught close to 30 in just a couple hours.  We did have to run a ways almost an hour back into the near gulf.  Winds were cranking at 20 knots southeast, but we were able to run the shoreline and get a straight shot down sea to the mackerel grounds, so it really wasn’t too bad especially in a larger boat like mine.  The fishing out there should stay pretty good for a while now, they don’t mind the wind and like the colder weather.  I’ll be taking the boat in for service Friday and then may be repowering or hopefully just tuning it up and getting another year out of the motor.  Though if anyone wants to go fishing I have another boat on standby, drop me a line!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


11/24/16 Thanksgiving Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Got out this morning for a half day with Mike and Tracy visiting from Oklahoma.  We got out at 7 and had plenty of fresh live shrimp.  It was a bit rough so we skipped the patches and decided to make a run a bit further into the near gulf.  After 50 minutes or so the wind laid down nicely out there and wasn’t too bad.  The water was very dirty on the way with some algae, but luckily once we got a mile or so from the spot I wanted to fish, it cleaned up very nice.  The tide was just starting in and as soon as we put the chum out some fish were showing up.  We got a couple nice mackerel after a few casts, and continued to catch them for the next couple hours.  Not a red hot bite, but some good little flurries and picked them along the way, plus plenty of blue runners and a few yellowtail and mangrove snappers.  We probably ended up with 20 or so mackerels for a very nice morning.  We came in around 11 to get ready for thanksgiving.  I have plenty of open dates in early December and later in the month, it’s a great time of year for fishing the gulf or everglades so look me up!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


11/22/16 November Backcountry Fishing in Islamorada

Got out into the islamorada backcountry fishing yesterday with Adam, Ken, and Dan.  They were down from South Florida for a little fishing.  Weather was nice it was a little breezy during the morning but laid out nice in the afternoon.  Water was in the high 60s in the morning and maybe 70 by later in the day.  We fished in the everglades creeks and canals in  the morning.  Water was high with the last of the incoming tide.  We caught a nice triple header red and black drum right off the bat, and a few more singles.  But after that tons of ladyfish and jacks swarmed us.  We picked away at the drums the next couple hours, also got some nice snappers, a few big trout, and even a couple pompano.  A good november florida keys fishing bite.  It was good various action!  Probably ended up with a bakers dozen on red and black drum.  Fished a few more spots back there without much luck, did lose what we thought was a nice snook.  The tide was now falling hard.  After that we headed to the gulf and we picked a nice cobia off of a wreck straight away, about a 15 lber.  We then found a nice tripletail that we hooked but unfortunately pulled the hook on him boatside.  We hit a few other areas of structure without much luck aside from jacks and small snappers, and looked for more tripletail but didn’t see much.  But we finished up on another wreck and caught about a dozen spanish mackerel to finish the day.  All in all a great day of everglades charter fishing.

Since we are more in ‘winter time mode’ the next few months, I’ll be posting more daily reports here and not so much on my tarpon blog (islamoradatarpon.com).

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

11/16/16 November Fishing in Islamorada

November is rolling by and it is finally feeling like winter here.  Temperatures have been in the 70s during the day and we’ve had a few mild fronts (we are having one right now) where it’s been getting in the 60s at night.  This brings the most significant changes to our fishery as things cool off.  Spanish mackerel have been in the gulf and I’ve been doing a good bit of fishing for them.  The action is hot and heavy with a lot of larger size fish back there.  We’ve also gotten a few cobia and permit on some wrecks out there, plus the occasional triple tail off the crab pot buoys.  In the backcountry, snook, redfish, and black drum fishing is getting better and better.  This fishing can get very good when we have the hard cold fronts of winter.  Sometimes those fish get stacked up after a good cool off, and you can sit and catch ’em one after another for a good period of time.  While it’s not an every day occurrence, you can bet we will have the conditions over the next few months once in a while.  Out on the ocean side the patch reefs are just alive with fish.  Porgy, snapper, grouper, and hogfish are the usual suspects in those areas.  Hogfish are one of my favorite eating fish and if you taste one, you’ll soon agree!  Anyways it’s a great time to come fishing in the keys, if you are down here drop me a line and let’s get out on the water!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk