10/18/19 October Fishing in the Everglades of Islamorada

Got out for a fun trip today with my wife Elizabeth, and our friends Travis and Virginia.  They hadn’t really seen any of the mainland everglades before even though they live here, and Virginia really loves birds too so she was super excited.  We caught some bait to start the day and then headed back.  Stopped at an island and caught a few snook so a nice start.  Also saw some roseatte spoonbills and other birds.  After that we ran out and wanted to give a shot at a spot where some bigger fish were last week.  I knew the tide was different though but just wanted to see if they were there.  It looked pretty good, and sure enough we got into a mess of redfish!  Nice fish too no super monsters, but many in the 6 to 8 lb range, and a few in the 10 to 12 lb range!  We tried another spot and Virginia got a monster black drum about 25 lbs, and we got a few nice snook that were 8 lbs or so.  Spot #3 produced a couple big snook in the 15-18 lb range!  And a few more smaller redfish.  We then ran through the canals and saw some crocodiles, more birds, a manatee, and a few other creatures like turtles and dolphins.  It was really cool for them.  Just a perfect day and looks like the winds will crank from the south tomorrow, so that may make things a little tough tomorrow.  But it calms down quickly again and looks like it’ll be nice early next week.  There’s lots of cool stuff to catch right now and I have plenty of availability now and in November.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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