Category Archives: Backcountry Fishing Reports

The latest backcountry islamorada fishing reports from Capt. Rick Stanczyk. These reports are the truth – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Remember all florida keys fishing guides fish the same waters and I take pride in ‘straight shooting’ with my florida keys fishing reports. I often fish the gulf of mexico, florida bay, the everglades, near islamorada, and the patch reefs offshore which are all under the ‘backcountry’ umbrella. I’ll let you know what I’ve been catching, and what I expect to be catching in the near future. Remember I’m on the water over 300 trips a year and I’ve been fishing here a long time. I try to include plenty of pictures as well as useful information so you’ll get a feel of how I fish and what to expect. Also if you want to appear in my fishing reports just let me know, I’m happy to add any of my customers by request! You can scroll down and click the title of any fishing report to read the full thing with pictures, as well as just look where the text stops and click ‘continue reading’.

5/11/17 May Islamorada Fishing Report

Whew time is flying by this year it’s already mid May and we are getting into our ‘summer time’ tarpon fishing.  This is by far my favorite time of year for fishing here for tarpon… when the winds calm down, … Continue reading

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4/6/17 April Fishing in Islamorada

April is here and that usually means the start of ‘prime time’ tarpon season!  Fish have definitely shown up around many of the local bridges and channels.  However it has not been ‘red hot’ fishing all the time.  Being there … Continue reading

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3/26/17 End of March Islamorada Fishing Report

March is almost over and it’s started to really feel like tarpon season here in Islamorada.  I just got back on the water about a week ago after celebrating the birth of my son, Felix!  Mom and baby are healthy … Continue reading

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3/8/17 March Fishing in Islamorada

Well I’ve still been pretty busy the last week though I’m taking this next week off expecting the birth of my first child!  We’re due today but got a feeling it may be a little big longer.  Fishing had been … Continue reading

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2/28/17 February Islamorada Fishing Report

Got out with Bob and Brian today and we did a mixed bag trip.  Tarpon was a priority but conditions didn’t look great with it blowing 15-20 out of the east.  We caught some mullet early and hit the backcountry … Continue reading

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