7/29/2021 End of July mixed bag fishing adventure in the Everglades!

I had George and his buddies out for a full day in the backcountry my last trip of July.  The weather was hot & very calm as has been the case for a little bit here.  Early July we had a lot of wind (for that time of year) and the last week or little more it’s finally calmed down.  The calm weather is generally good for fishing though you must be able to take the heat.  We were able to catch pilchards on our way out which there have been a few around.  They are great to have for fishing all kinds of things in the backcountry.  The ones available were small but they worked for us and we caught a couple dozen snook in the morning with them, plus a redfish that got eaten by a shark.  After we were done with that, we ran out in more open water and spent some time after tarpon.  We saw a few tripletails floating around and George caught a nice 8 lber, keeper size and a first for him!  We found tarpon and a decent number of them too.  However we had to put in some work for a bite we moved 3 or 4 times and caught several large blacktip sharks.  Finally we had a tarpon bite and landed a nice 40 lber!  After that we gave it one more go and a few more sharks kept us busy.  So all in all a great day with good variety and a backcountry slam for the boat!

August is here now and I have a good handful of days booked though a fair amount of availability especially the next two weeks.  To be honest I’m not pushing it very hard as it’s super hot and I had a pretty busy year, plus with kids at home I’m busy enough.  Though for anyone that wants to go fishing feel free to shoot me an email.  It can be good here all through the summer and fall.  Tarpon are definitely possible until it gets cold (though as stated it can definitely take some work and commitment to make it happen some days, and some days you may strike out).  But if you are open to mixing it up as we did today, there are often good opportunities available.  I also have Capt. Brandon running my second boat who will be available again starting mid August and he has had a stellar season so far.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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End of July Everglades backcountry fishing in Islamorada

Well I had Brett and his buddy Cam out today visiting from the west coast California.  They wanted to do a bit more casting and action fishing so we didn’t focus heavy on tarpon.  The summer july tarpon fishing has been a little hit & miss as of late, been catching some fish but it’s really been a lot of work to produce a handful of bites.  So you better hope you catch the ones you get!  There are some tarpon around but yes just having to move around a lot, fish hard and pick through sharks & catfish, and make the most of your opportunities.  And they are moving around so they are in one area one day and gone the next so sometimes a lot of looking is required.  But anyways we skipped worry about all that and focused on snook fishing which was very good.  We were able to get some nice pilchards for bait and fished some islands and had a great snook bite, catching a couple dozen plus a few redfish as well.  We ended up getting some tripletail that were floating in the bay as well including a few nice keeper size ones that we released.  Then we finally did happen to stumble into a spread out group of tarpon in the last hour, and we put a little effort in and did manage to jump 1 off he didn’t stay on the hook.  But oh well can’t always control that my anglers did a great job not doing anything wrong just bad luck.

As we enter August things are slowing down a little bit with business (finally) I do have some open days the first couple weeks of August as of now.  If you are wanting to go fishing it can still be very productive just follow what your guide suggests!  Once we get into September and October those are really honestly some of my favorite times of year to fish as you get the place to yourself.  Also don’t forget to sign up to my mailing list to get updates on when I open up fishing days for next year, I’m just going to be taking more short notice bookings during prime season (feb – jul) and doing an email blast 1st come 1st serve.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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