Spring Fishing

by Capt. Rick Stanczyk

Settling into spring season! After looking like we might not have any winter at all here in the Florida Keys, we ended up with plenty of cold fronts to give us a break from the heat for a little while.  I personally love these cold weather days as they often give us some fantastic fishing. 

We had quite a few banner days fishing back in the Everglades for species such as snook, redfish, black drum and sheepshead.  There was one particularly remarkable day when I was out with some new clients that we landed over 60 snook in just three hours which was absolutely incredible! 

My father and I enjoyed a few days where conditions were just right. We caught some massive black drum up to 35 lbs which he was psyched about.  We also got some big snook up to 15 lbs, even a double header on the first casts of the day which was very cool.  In all his years of fishing he had never done this type of fishing since back in his guiding years it was all about fishing the local flats for bonefish, permit and tarpon. Most boats couldn’t even make the run out to some of the areas we fish these days because they couldn’t hold enough fuel with the old 2 stroke engines. 

Today however, things have changed considerably! I will say though, this winter didn’t give us red hot fishing every day and you have to take the good with the bad. Unfortunately if you catch the wrong day during some of those cold fronts things can be pretty tough. There were a few days where we just picked at fish and were happy to just catch a few. 

I had a very nice couple from Tennessee named Pride and Cile.  We were out on one of those very cold low 50 degree mornings and had made the trek into the Everglades. The fish were not very happy and we didn’t catch much the first couple hours of the day.  Cile eventually landed her first ever snook which she was stoked about, and Pride got a juvenile Goliath grouper.  It was pretty funny because he had been asking me several questions about Goliaths – where they live, how you catch them, best time of year, etc... and then a minute later he caught one!  It was especially funny that day because the fishing was so slow that it was totally unexpected.




Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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I fish a 1977 20’ SeaCraft open fisherman offering backcountry, gulf, and shallow reef trips catching everything from tarpon, permit, redfish, snook, sharks, cobia, goliath grouper, mackerel, snapper, and more. You can find me at Bud ‘n Mary’s (www.budnmarys.com) if I’m not out fishing, or call me at 305-747-6903 or email me at rick@seethefloridakeys.net



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