10/4/19 October Backcountry Fishing Report for Islamorada

Fabulous day fishing today with my dad, wife Elizabeth, and our friend Clay. It was a little windy but not as bad as it had been, and a nice northeasterly direction in the Backcountry. We got into a great bite of black drums early on which was a lot of fun. I’d been finding a few the last week, and with the early fall conditions some more were around today. No jumbo monsters like last week, but still some very respectable fish. Always love catching them. We also got a few medium and one large size snook, and a few nice reds as well. My wife had a great battle with a big bull red that was probably 35 lbs but he got under the boat and broke her off! Later in the day we caught a bunch of smaller snook fishing some shorelines and sandbars, and finished up with a nice juvenile Goliath grouper on light tackle. Fishing has been really good and should continue with the fall bait run in effect, never know what you’ll find out there unless you go!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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