October fishing in Islamorada
October fishing in Islamorada is upon us! We've had some very low tides as of late, almost spring-like tides very unusual! Took my dad, Richard Stanczyk Sr., girlfriend Elizabeth Baxter, and one of the new main men at Bud n' Mary's Steven Byrd out for a day of fun fishing. Left early again out at 6:00 AM and made the run partially in the dark to the cape for some everglades snook fishing, deep into the everglades up around the bend of the mainland! Had a load of pinfish and shrimp and caught it just in time for the start of incoming tide. We worked some of the creeks and channels, when the current got going we got into some good smaller redfish and a few smaller snook as well as a mix of trout, jacks, ladyfish, etc... Finally just started picking around and would nail a snook or nicer red off the pinfish, one here one there. Did hit one low-tide spot that was holding some smaller reds which was also good last week. October fishing florida keys can be great but often you must 'pick and move' as they say! We jumped around a good 7- 8 times and then ran back down the cape towards home. The current was ripping, tried a few other spots on the way home but too much water flow. Finally found a nice hole where the current wasn't moving quite so fast. Ended up catching 3 nice snook, a nice red, and a juvenile goliath right at the end of our day between 12:30-1:00 which was icing on the cake! Look for much of this Islamorada backcountry fishing for snook/redfish to pick up as the water temperatures cool more and more - they have already started too slightly and we've had such good off season fishing it's amazing. With the light/stable winds it's almost been better than much of the spring!!! That's the great thing about fishing in Islamorada it can be good year round and you never know what your going to find! Well that's it for this pre October Islamorada Fishing Report, catch 'em up!
Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Nice job on the fish. My son and I stayed at the Marina back in 2008 and had a great time there for 3 days.Hope to get down there next year. Tight lines.