3/25/14 Offshore fishing in Islamorada on the Bn’M II

It’s been a busy month here while offshore fishing in Islamorada. March is a transitional month and there’s been a little bit of everything. We have caught grouper, wahoo, mackerel, mahi, tiger shark, hammerhead shark, yellowtail snapper, mutton snapper, golden tilefish, blueline tilefish, blackfin tun, amberjack, barracuda, swordfish, etc! Some days have been slower than others, but hey, that’s why they call it fishing. The slower days make you really appreciate the good days. We are still fishing on the reef quite a bit, but the next few weeks we will really focus on going “offshore” further, out into the gulf stream looking for more pelagic species. One of the most exciting things lately has been vertical jigging with tormenter tackle for big amberjacks, some over 50 lbs on spinning jigging outfits! Send me an email when you’re ready to go give it a shot! bnmcharters@gmail.com

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

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10-5-13 early October fishing in Islamorada Florida Keys

It’s that time of year here now where we catch a little bit of everything. We are starting to focus more on reef fishing compared to the summer and early fall months where we head further offshore. The last few days in Islamorada we have caught a lot of different species of fish. One day on the hump we caught a bunch of blackfin tuna and skipjack tuna, as well as a big dusky shark. Then we came back to the reef and caught a few snappers, king mackerels, cero mackerels, and yellowjacks. The next day we went to the hump but the tuna’s didn’t cooperate as well as expected, but we did catch a couple and turned one into a nice hammerhead shark which we released. We also caught some nice snapper while bottom fishing on the way in to the reef. Back near the reef we fished a couple wrecks and caught a bunch of yellowjack and then released a lot of bonitos and rainbow runners. Yesterday we went out swordfishing, and we missed one sword bite, but did find some dolphin (mahi mahi) on the way home and caught 8 or 10 and kept 6 of them. The next few weeks we should start seeing a lot of more king mackerel, black grouper, sailfish, and snapper while fishing the reef and wrecks.

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

8-24-13 Islamorada Fishing Offshore

The Mahi bite has been incredible this August while fishing in Islamorada.  Now it definitely is getting later in the season for them, but we should still have action with them throughout September. There was a week or so of nice big fish (slammers), 20 – 40 lbers, and the past week we have had big numbers of small/medium size fish, 3 – 10 lbers (schoolies and gaffers)…[sociallocker] The blackfin tuna bite picked up about 2 weeks ago as well, it was definitely a little slow before that. We catch the blackfins on the humps (big under water sea moutains), and when they show up so do the SHARKS! We caught dusky and silky sharks last week, the biggest pushing 300 lbs. The daytime swordfish bite has been on and off this year so far. We’ve had a few good trips with multiple fish, a few trips with single fish, and then some trips with no action at all. But that’s the name of the game when trying for big ones! The reef has still been active with lots of yellowtail snapper and a couple mutton snapper mixed in as well. Send me an email if you’re looking to get out!

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Capt. Nick Stanczyk

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6-3-13 Fishing in Islamorada

Well the busy season in Islamorada still continues into June. I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to post my Islamorada Fishing Reports, but here’s what I have to say for the last few weeks! We’ve had some incredible mahi fishing this year. Not every day has been great, but we’ve caught more nice size fish cows and nice bulls (15-30 lbs) this season in a month than I did all of last year! The Reef Fishing has also been great lately! We have been catching plenty of yellowtail snapper, a few mutton snappers, lots of vermillion snapper, and a few black groupers. The Permit on the wrecks have been a little tricky, but we out smarted this one a few days ago with a live crab. Offshore the Swordfish had my number for a few trips in a row, but yesterday we turned the tables on the them and caught and released 2 fish. We had 2 bites on 7 drifts. They weren’t monsters, one about 40 and one about 60 lbs. The blackfin tuna have been thin this year so far. We caught a handful of wahoo lately, some on debris offshore and one trolling about 10 days ago. As we get into summer we will continue to go offshore for mahi, tuna, and swordfish. The reef should still provide action, but if the water gets really clean (as it does often in the summer) the fish do get tougher to catch. Email me if you’re interest in getting out on an islamorada deep sea fishing charter at bnmcharters@gmail.com

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

4-18-13 Offshore and Reef Fishing Report in Islamorada

It’s been a busy season here while Fishing in Islamorada this year. I’ve been getting out 5 – 6 days a week lately and have had some good fishing. My first trip out for mahi was great. We fished a few days ago and hit a couple big schools of fish and kept 35 fish. None were huge but they were keepers and we didn’t have to measure any, we gaffed a few in the 5 to 7 lb range. We also caught a handful of tile fish. The shark fishing in Islamorada has been red hot. I’ve caught and released 6 tiger sharks, 1 hammerhead, and 1 brown shark my last three trips combined. On the Reef there continues to be some permit around, but they have been a little tricky my last few trips. We been catching a variety of snapper including vermillion, lane, and yellowtail lately. There’s also been some barracuda for action. The amberjack bite is in full swing and if you want a back breaking fight and something that pulls hard you need to catch one of these bad boys! They have been from 25 – 50 lbs. The mahi bite will hopefully become consistent soon, since April is still a little inconsistent as a rule. If you come down for some April islamorada fishing be ready to do a little bit of everything, because Spring time fishing means a little bit of a lot of fish usually. The conditions change day to day, and you should go for whats biting the best to have the most enjoyable islamorada offshore charter possible! Email me and I’d be happy to get you out fishing aboard the Bn’M.

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

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