Another great day on the H20 with Ron and his son Mark. They swordfished yesterday with my brother Nick Stanczyk and got one to the boat. Today we mixed it up a bit in the backcountry. Hit the Everglades to start and boy was it buggy! With the lighter winds and warming trend the noseums were thick. We didn’t get a whole lot at our first stop except bug bites so we tried another area. This was a little more open and the bugs relented. We got into a decent snook bite and landed quite a few fish. We then moved around a bit and Ron got a nice slot size snook! Mark got a couple more smaller ones too. After that we tried elsewhere and Mark got a couple of redfish which was cool. We then ran and tried the gulf… Lots of nasty brown water out there. Looked for tripletails but no luck with that. We finally found some cleaner water near a mackerel hole I like. We chummed for a while without much luck but then a few fish started biting. We got a few mackerels including one nice large one, a couple big ladyfish, a bluefish, and a good handful of jacks and blue runners. We didn’t have the best tide, usually prefer it falling, but you have to work with what you got! All in all a good mixed bag day… the boys were very happy with two good fishing trips in the keys. Hopefully the mackerels will show up a bit better later this month. I think with a little more cold and cleaner water they will.
Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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