9/8/19 September Islamorada Backcountry Fishing Report

Well the scare from Hurricane Dorian has come and gone.  We didn’t get a whole lot here from it, though we did have a couple of days of hard west wind but no more than a regular real windy day.  I got out the last couple of days though and am happy to report that fishing has not slowed down a lick – in fact perhaps the wind/rain actually helped by cooling things down a bit and stirring things up a bit.  We had great success with snook, redfish, and tarpon on Friday.  Today we had the same though not quite as many redfish, but several lunker size snook in the 36/37 inch range!  Just truly incredible.  There were also a good amount of tarpon both days as well, though we didn’t spend a ton of time targeting them but did catch one each day.  Seems to be quite a bit of bait around in the backcountry and I think hurricane Dorian perhaps helped trigger an early fall bait run as I’ve heard reports up the coast that the mullet run has started up there.  This usually occurs in October, but with high winds from such a storm you never know what’ll happen.  Good news is this coming week we also have some northeast winds which is usually good for that fall bait run as well.  September and October are some of my favorite months to fish down here as you get the place to yourself often, and with those fall conditions sometimes you see some pretty epic fishing too.  I also have some good discounted rates, so give me a shout and let’s get out there!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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