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.
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
Awesome day before Tropical Storm Eta comes in… Brandon, Astrid, and myself caught some nice mangrove snappers. A perfect little half day option. Then we made some great Peruvian ceviche! Make sure to subscribe to our channel if you like what you see!
Fun day last week with my dad and our friend Charlie Kluck. Some nice redfish, including a monster bull that we haven’t seen since last spring. Good to see some showing up. Please make sure to like the video and subscribe on YouTube!
Got out yesterday with my dad, Richard Sr. and our friend Russ. It was a prefrontal, calm condition – very good for big snook in our area. These fish we definitely don’t get all the time, and a lot of times they just aren’t an option if the wind is too much or wrong direction. But before a front like we had, with a calm northerly breeze, it is ideal. We fished several areas, and many of them had life. We caught 3 very large snook over 15 lbs, one that was personal best I think close to 28 lbs! Also quite a few medium/large size fish in the 8 to 12 lb range. We also got a nice juvenile tarpon early on, and about a half dozen redfish. Quite an epic day in the backcountry. We have a lot of wind kicking up now with the front here and lots of rain today (Saturday). But looks to clear up tomorrow. It’ll be a bit of a windy week, but should still have good general fishing. I have some days open come the third week of October (just had a 3 day cancellation, so 19 through 23 are available as of now). Give me a shout, it’s a great time of year to fish!