Late July backcountry fishing in Islamorada

Well July is already nearly over it’s hard to believe!  We’ve had some decent overall fishing the last month.  Tarpon hasn’t been quite what we normally like to see, but I’ve been mixing it up a little more on some trips.  The snook bite has been good for the most part, and a few of those larger specimens around too when the conditions are right.  Tripletail have been around as well which are fun for those looking for a challenge of sight fishing.  I haven’t done a lot of it myself but I know the bonefish bite has been pretty good too fishing the local flats of Islamorada (and of course in a boat like mine that would be stake-up fishing, not poling/sight fishing).  So all in all it’s been a good overall time to be down here.  As we get into August and September I think you can expect more of the same, and hopefully less crowds after the lobster season stuff is over in the first week of August.  Some challenges we’ve had on occasion are getting bait – they haven’t had a steady supply of shrimp so we’re left to our own to get that.  Mullet have been hit & miss which is what I use for tarpon, and some days to get them you have to bypass other bait opportunities.  Pilchards have been around but a lot of little guys.  So some days you kind of have to pick what you want to target (tarpon vs. other stuff), and go after that bait first and fish accordingly.

Anyways I’m fairly busy through the end of this month, then we’re going away again in early August.  But I’ll be around and available through later August and September.  And I also have Capt. Bean running my other boat and he’s been doing pretty well in the backcountry too.  So give me a shout if you are looking to get out fishing.  We have some awesome lodging options at Bud n’ Mary’s Marina that are very affordable – cool new houseboats right on the Atlantic ocean!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
Facebook: Islamorada Tarpon Fishing
YouTube: Bud n’ Mary’s Marina

Summer snook fishing is gettin’ good!

Well I’ve been out there after the snook lately and the last month or so the bite has been pretty good!  The calm summer weather leads to consistent conditions and summer is traditionally a great time for snook.  Many of the larger fish start roaming the shorelines outside, and more of the numbers of smaller/medium fish can be found fishing structure.  There are enough numbers so far that we haven’t really needed to have pilchards or other live bait, shrimp have done the trick and pinfish for your shots at bigger ones.  The mosquitos and horseflies have been bad on occasion and honestly they are bad one day, and tolerable the next – but I always advise to wear long pants/shirts to protect yourself as much as you can from the bugs.  I had my dad and one of our marina managers Robyn out today, and we were rewarded catching 5 bigger snook fishing the deeper areas offshore.  A couple of them were true giant snook (for here) in the 38 inch range!  We didn’t mess much with the numbers of smaller fish as we got chased out pretty quickly by the bugs.  These larger fish though you don’t always get numbers of them, but if you don’t mind putting the time in for a bite or two it could easily be your personal best snook and that’s always a good day just to get one fish like that in my book!

Hopefully tarpon fishing will get a little more consistent come July time right now there are some fish in the backcountry but it’s definitely taking a lot of patience and weeding through many sharks for a bite or two… so I haven’t really been pushing it unless it’s what somebody is dead set on doing.  But again often July gets a little more consistent with the summer time resident tarpon in the backcountry.

Give me a shout if you want to get down and go fishing this summer!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
Facebook: Islamorada Tarpon Fishing
YouTube: Bud n’ Mary’s Marina

Big snook for Richard Sr.

Some big snook being had the last month back in the Everglades… between tarpon fishing at the bridges.  While beauties like this are not an everyday thing, there is a decent chance throughout the day to get one when conditions are favorable.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
Facebook: Islamorada Tarpon Fishing
YouTube: Bud n’ Mary’s Marina

A few big ‘summer time snook’ showing up!

Have caught a couple size XL snook the last couple times out into the backcountry.  My dads buddy pete caught a PB close to 40 inches.  We also caught a couple others in the 36 inch range.  Here is a cool video of his epic catch!  Good to see some of the ‘big girls’ showing up as they’ve been a little harder to find the last few times we were out in the Spring.  But summer time is often good for snook fishing and the big ones come to do the spawning.  We had good overall snook fishing yesterday as well catching some nice size fish in the creeks on pilchards, and plenty of tripletail floating around off the backcountry beaches too.  If you are wanting to come down this summer drop me a line, I’ll probably book some stuff ahead of time for August/September time frame.  June I’ll open a few days soon as well as July in another month or so.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
Facebook: Islamorada Tarpon Fishing
YouTube: Bud n’ Mary’s Marina