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
February is wrapping up we had a decent week this last week. We’ve had to work at the fishing a bit we had some good days though where it paid off and one that was a little tougher but caught fish every day. Snook have still been the staple for me with the inconsistent weather patterns but tarpon are definitely starting to move in and I think that will really get rolling in march. Hopefully we’ll have a good strong season seeing as how the early February tarpon bite was really hit & miss. I’ll be going into tarpon mode here for the next few months anyways but you can check back reports here or on my other website islamoradatarpon.com. But of course please subscribe to my youtube channel we’ll be posting content on there regularly!
Well a calm, warm streak at the end of January changed things up a good bit. Lots of tarpon showed up in the gulf of mexico, and we had some good shots at cobia along with plenty of mackerel too. Though some cold weather here over the weekend will mix it up again. One thing about fishing – it’s always changing! Please make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel too, appreciate it!
Well had one of the best days ever last week fishing with my dad and our friend Charlie Kluck. Lots of big black drum, big snook, permit, cobia, and more! One to remember thats for sure… The best fish of the day was a 45ish lb black drum for Charlie, maybe the biggest I’ve ever seen back there. Then he followed it up with a 25ish lb snook! It was definitely his day. Also as mentioned we caught several more big black drum, some snook, and a permit and a couple small cobias. Also included in the video are some good catches from my anglers later in the week with some large redfish. January is a great time and offers some unique opportunities with the colder weather patterns. Not always like this but it can be when conditions are right, and you definitely can’t catch ’em sitting on the couch! Also please subscribe to our YouTube channel below if you want to see more.