9/23/19 + 9/24/19 Backcountry Everglades fishing in Islamorada

Great couple of days with Gary and Melissa visiting from across the pond!  We had tremendous wind yesterday and we decided to make a long run up the coast to get out of it.  Luckily the Contender is quick and great for those 50 mile runs like that.  We had good fishing, nothing red hot but quality for sure!  A good half dozen reds of nice size, and maybe a dozen or so snook.  We also got Gary a tarpon for the SLAM, and Melissa caught a nice 30 lb goliath grouper.  We also had a good mix of ladyfish and jacks to keep the rods bent.

On the second day the winds let up nicely and more northerly.  We fished a little closer to home around the Flamingo area.  We had great fishing, getting into a ton of smaller snook and redfish.  We got one nice snook and a handful of better size reds too.  After that we went in search of something bigger.  We were hoping for some big snook but no luck with them, though I think we did miss one good bite.  But we did get a few decent size reds, and a couple black drum.  One of the drums was a whopper too close to 20 lbs!  Unusual especially that size for it not being real cold yet.  Anyways a fun day 2.

The fall bait run is totally in effect and there are definitely good fishing opportunities.  Lots of tarpon around I didn’t really mess with them today, but that could be good fishing too.  Give me a shout if you want to get out there, October is one of my favorite months of the year to go fishing.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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