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2021 Islamorada Tarpon Season is here!

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For the 2022 tarpon season, I will not be taking bookings until sometime next year.  I’m sorry I know this may be frustrating for some, however with a family myself these days I’m wanting to be more available for things that come up during our busy time (February through June), and I know I won’t have a problem booking those days out with a months notice.  So I will be referring everyone to Brandon who is running my other boat, otherwise if you want to wait and try to book me short notice I’ll be posting on here and instagram/facebook when I’m opening bookings – it will likely be a month ahead of time (So for April, I’ll open things up likely in early March sometime).

IMPORTANT: All anglers starting Jan 10th, 2019 will be required to have an Everglades Visitors Pass when fishing in the park.  You can obtain one via internet/phone at http://www.yourpassnow.com and select Everglades National Park.  With exception of April and May, most of my fishing is inside the park, so check with me but more than likely you will need one.  You can also buy an annual/lifetime pass at store.usgs.gov. However if we are tarpon fishing locally around bridges it will not be necessary – though I am not doing this so much these days.  Just check with me beforehand.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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Start of the summer time backcountry tarpon season

Well the daytime bridge fishing is starting to get a little more inconsistent.  I had a good long run this year, much longer than I normally do.  Usually by early June I’m starting to venture in the backcountry more in search of tarpon, however this year the bridge fishing was solid until just recently.  Today we fished the backcountry channels and found some decent schools of fish.  Had to work a little at it and got chased around by some weather, but Chris managed to catch 3 nice 30 to 40 lb tarpon and we jumped off 1 more.  Right now the bait is a little difficult to catch but there are a few fish around, as we get closer to July things should start to settle out and get more consistent – july is often one of my best months!  I will be on vacation the first couple weeks however, though I do have a handful of days at the end of July available and August is fairly wide open.  Some years August and even September are very good for tarpon, some years it’s just fair.  But they are definitely still catchable.  Drop me a line if you want to get out there, business is slowing down and I’ll have more availability short notice and I’ll always shoot you straight with what’s going on with the tarpon fishing.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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David’s Long Key Bridge tarpon battle!

A great battle with an awesome tarpon for David… this fish takes us through the bridge in some different directions.  We get tangled in another captains lines but thankfully working together we are able to un-do it.  We get some neat underwater footage chasing the fish on the trolling motor.  And finally a successful release but not before the fish gives a nice couple jumps boatside!

The tarpon bite has still been nothing short of stellar but I’ve still been fishing around the bridges mostly.  The last few years I’d been starting to venture deep into the everglades for resident tarpon and then fishing the regular backcountry areas in the later summer/fall.  But the bridge bite has still just been really good so we’re still doing that.  Every year is different and I always go where the fish are!

Right now I’m pretty much all booked up through until the last week of July.  But plenty of dates available in August, September, and October.  The tarpon bite is a little more hit & miss then, but some years it’s really good at those times.  Though we do usually have good fishing for snook, redfish, tripletail, and other things then if the tarpon aren’t happening.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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5/31/2021 Memorial Day Weekend Update

Well tarpon fishing has still been pretty good.  I fished the last couple days with regular customers Allen and Carlos, and they brought a few friends down too.  Yesterday was pretty good we landed 3 tarpon… today even better we got 6!  The bridge bite has still been happening I haven’t been going in the backcountry much.  But hopefully we will be having a good summer.  Here’s a video of one of Carlos’ tarpon yesterday – the bridge battles are always exciting!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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