10/3/18 October Backcountry Fishin' Report

By Seamus on 10/10/2018 8:06:07 PM • Rank (843) • Views 954



Well September has come to an end and we are into October.  It officially feels like Fall - we've started to get some harder northeasterly winds, which have cooled things down slightly in the mornings.  Also lots of bird life showing up back there.  The 'fall bait run' has slightly started it's not really in full effect, but definitely some schools of pilchards, black mullets, and what not showing up in many areas.  I've heard further up the coasts there is a much stronger bait run which hopefully will make it's way down here shortly.  September was some absolutely fantastic fishing.  I had one of the best tarpon months I'd had when I looked at my trip-to-catch ratio.  We never missed a day and landed multiple tarpon every day during September, some days with double digit bites, just great!  That has slowed down though the last few days as the winds have kicked up to 20 mph, though some of the smaller tarpon are biting well in many of the creeks, canals, and islands around the everglades.  Yesterday I did some filming with Fishing Australia TV and we caught a couple juvenile tarpon, some snook, and a redfish for a backcountry SLAM.  Today we did similar getting a couple small tarpon, a real nice snook, a redfish, some big sharks, and a few other scallywags.  As I said last week was some epic days of tarpon fishing, we had a couple days landing 5, one with 4, and one with 2 and a beast of a snook that was 18 lbs.  Also some nice tripletails around we got a real nice one last week.  Capt. Bill Bassett has had a few snook and redfish in the backcountry, and still getting some bonefish around town as well.  Capt. John Johansen has had some good tarpon action in the backcountry.  Capt. Mike Bassett had a very good day with snook last week.  Capt. Perry Scuderi had mixed it up with triple tail, snook, sharks, and tarpon last week on a couple fun days of fishing.  Capt. Chris Daly had some good snook and redfish fishing a week or so again too, as did Capt. Jeff Beeler a couple days ago.  October as I said is usually the time for the fall bait run which leads to some of the most epic fishing we sometimes see all year!  The crowds are away and the fishing is good.  A perfect time to come!  Give us a shout if you are interested at 305-664-2461.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
Facebook: Islamorada Tarpon Fishing

Read More

This Fishing Report was submitted on 10/10/2018 8:06:07 PM by Seamus.

Map Location

View Full Fishing Map


79851 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL US

GPS Coordinates

Degree, Decimal Minutes: 24º 53.885', 80º 39.513'
Decimal Degrees: 24.89808, -80.65855
Degree, Minutes, Seconds: 24º 53' 53.09", 80º 39' 30.78"

Add to My Spots

Let us custom design a SD Card of fishing spots for your GPS unit!

Custom SD Card of FIshing Spots
Download a GPX, KML, or XLS file of all fishing spots within 25 miles of Islamorada, FL US:
Download GPX File of Fishing Spots     Download KML File of Fishing Spots     Download XLS File of Fishing Spots
Comments - Comment RSS

Who Reviewed
Reports, Fishing
Bonefish, snook, tarpon, redfish


Bud N' Mary's

Bud N' Mary's

Bud N' Mary's is home to over 40 of the finest Florida Keys Fishing offshore captains and backcountry guides to be found anywhere in the world. Many grew up right here in Islamorada, some were even Fishing Key West when they were youngsters! They have been the subject of countless magazine and newspaper articles, appeared in numerous television shows, and fished everyone from past presidents, movie stars, athletes, and the like. However, they have earned their reputation one day at a time taking out ordinary people like yourself to share their passion for fishing and the outdoors. We also have the only full day Florida Keys Party Fishing Boat in Islamorada. We promise once you visit Islamorada for a fishing charter out of Bud N' Mary's, you'll find yourself saying... "I wish I was still in Islamorada fishing with the best!" The Florida Keys Fishing Package is so unique, with the convergence of the atlantic ocean, the gulf of mexico, and the florida bay & everglades, that no place on earth provides the ability to catch as many different species of saltwater fish! The thrill of catching Islamorada sailfish and gigantic Florida Tarpon Fishing is second to none! We also have great Islamorada Hotel Accommodations, with a true Islamorada Hotel feel of the "old days."

Contact Information Claim Listing
Address79851 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL, US
Phone(800) 742-7945
Social Facebook Facebook    Twitter Twitter
Upgrade to Professional

Gives You Access To:

Catch More Fish Download GPS Files Create Custom Maps Fishing Predictions Featured Listings

 Download GPS files of fishing spots.
 Create Custom Maps of fishing spots.
 Fishing predictions w/ future date & location.
 Featured Listings for your fishing business.

$7 month or $49 year