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  • We had John and Pam aboard the BNM out of Bud n' Mary's Marina in Islamorada, Florida for a Florida Keys Fishing Trip on 9-24-11. Pam insisted they were lucky and we were going to catch a swordfish guaranteed. I told both of them we had a good shot, but there had been quite a few small fish around which can be very frustrating when trying to hook them in the daytime. John is a Navy vet returned to the U.S. and was very much looking forward to a fishing trip! Well it wasn't long until their luck kicked in, on the way out at 15 knots our high speed lure starts screaming and 10 minutes later John catches his first wahoo, a nice 28 lber. I was thinking at least we didn't get skunked today. We continued out to the swordfish grounds and a few miles inside we found a nice weed line with some mahi on it. We hit one school and caught 15 nice schoolies and a couple small gaffers. Both John and Pam were all smiles and I though maybe they wouldn't even notice if we didn't catch a swordfish. An hour later we were on the bottom in 1500' drifting for a broadbill. After 30 minutes we hooked up, the fish seemed small, and after 10 minutes he threw the hook. We make another drift in the same area, but after an hour with no bite, we wind up. I run a few miles south and drop again. After 45 minutes without a bite, we get ready to wind up, and there she is. We're hooked up to a daytime sword. John gets in the chair and goes to work. After an hour I see the fish, I know she's big, but not quite how big. The fish dives all the way back to the bottom and John goes back to work. At 2 hours he has her near the boat again, I see the swivel behind her tail and realize the fish is foul hooked in the belly somewhere. After a couple quick loops the fish goes back to the bottom. Now we're 3 hours into the fight, and John gets the fish within 50' of the boat again, we get a quick glimpse, but down shes goes. At 4 hours into the fight, and everybody exhausted, John gets the fish 10 feet away! We get a harpoon shot, but it pulls out after a few seconds. The fish looks like it's getting tired though, but still dives back to the bottom. We've drifted 11 miles now and John has been on the fish 4 and 1/2 hours! It looks like the fish is dying, since we've been trying to pull her backwards, but she still keeps swimming. The fish makes one last dive, down to 700', luckily not the bottom again, and then races back up. I look at the clock and realize we've been on the fish 5 hours. Before I know it the fish is at the back of the boat, I run back, throw the harpoon in her, hit her with a straight gaff, Pam hands both Matt and John the other gaffs, and we get all of them in the fish. But she isn't done yet. For 5 minutes she kicks and throws water everywhere next to the boat. Finally the fish is subdued and we bring her through the door. It was the hardest fight I've ever seen on a swordfish. The fish was hooked in the anal fin, but John and Pam had good luck and somehow it stayed in the whole time. We steam for home, everybody exhausted and make the call to fire up the forklift. We hit the dock and the fish weighs in at 455 lbs! This is one of the biggest swordfish ever caught on rod and reel in the Florida Keys! We also fished the day before and went 2 for 3 on swordfish, keeping a 65 lber and releasing another. This is the place for Daytime Swordfishing!

    Capt. Nick Stanczyk
    305-481-0366
    bnmcharters@gmail.com
    http://www.budnmarys.com

    September 26, 2011 at 10:04pm

    It's not all about lobster mini season this week here while [url=http://www.budnmarys.com]Florida keys fishing[/url]! Capt. Rick Stanczyk fished a full day in the backcountry today on 7/28/11 and had a wonderful time. The wind was howling almost 20 knots most the day - very unusual for July! Though it kept the heat & sweat down for the most part which was a welcome change. With thousands of people in the water snorkeling and diving looking for those caribbean crawlers, we ran way in the backcountry and only saw one other boat the whole day back there! Fishing was fantastic early, we caught several large trout on shrimp and artificials. We also caught some jumbo mangrove snappers! The ladyfish were chomping too and we saved several of those for bait. We set up in one of the channels for some bigger stuff, and the bite was slow to come but produced nicely. We caught a 75 lb tarpon after our first hour. Then a 60 lb lemon shark, followed by a 40 lb hammerhead, and finally a small 30 lb blacktip! Not too shabby for the conditions and time of year. The evening bite last week was phenomenal for tarpon with the falling tide. Had caught 6 of 8 one night, a couple other nights with 3, and a couple others with 2. Plus plenty of sharks, a permit one night, and a couple other 'sea monsters.' Very cool!

    Capt. Rick Stanczyk
    305-747-6903
    rick@seethefloridakeys.net
    http://www.budnmarys.com

    July 29, 2011 at 5:10pm

    Capt. Rick Stanczyk had the pleasure of fishing former catcher of the Atlanta Braves, Greg Olsen and family Robbie & Racheal, today on 4/3/11. It was a beautiful day started out fairly calm with a light breeze and flat water. We ran in the backcountry and fished a bay area catching a mix of ladyfish, trout, snapper, and a few small sharks. We anchored up for a bit and netted some ballyhoo for some bigger ladies and snappers as well. The kids had a blast doing this and so did Greg! We saved some stuff for bait and moved off in search of larger fish, as Racheal really wanted to see a big shark and Robbie was dying to catch a tarpon! We anchored up at one of my favorite spots, and almost instantly Greg hooked a huge tarpon! Unfortunately he jumped him off with a little too ambitious hook set, but got a good jump out of him anyhow! We then caught two unknown 'sea monsters' that drug us around a little bit, Robbie fought one entirely on his own that we leadered and released. We caught a few sharks there, some blacktips and one nurse. Had one other tarpon bite we missed that almost jumped in the boat, then Robbie hooked one himself - a big 120 lb tarpon! We fought him for about 30 minutes and had him hooked perfect with the circle hook, got a good picture of him, and released him! The east wind picked up a bit, but tarpon were busting everywhere on the in tide which was great to see after a nasty front came through a few days earlier!

    Capt. Rick Stanczyk
    305-747-6903
    rick@seethefloridakeys.net
    http://www.budnmarys.com

    April 03, 2011 at 7:52pm

    Capt. Rick Stanczyk fished Jim & Gwen Johnson today on 3/7/11 for a great day fishing in Islamorada! They fished with Rick last winter when it was very cold so thought they'd give it a try in the spring when it was warmer!!! They ran 18 or so miles into the everglades national park and fished some channels back there, catching plenty of trout, ladyfish, jacks, and of course catfish! Good action pretty much non-stop! They stayed in the same area and put the big rods out for some bigger stuff. They caught plenty of sharks for the rest of the afternoon, mostly black tips and a couple lunker nurse sharks! They also caught 2 out of 3 tarpon which was a delight and Jim's dream to catch! Gwen got to catch one as well so that made it even better! One fish was close to 100 lbs and the other was 65-75 lbs! While fishing for these we caught plenty more ladyfish and also this unusual silver trout with no spots!

    Capt. Rick Stanczyk
    305-747-6903
    rick@seethefloridakeys.net
    http://www.budnmarys.com

    March 07, 2011 at 4:58pm

    The Proctor family fished with Capt. Nick & Capt. Rick Stanczyk this weekend, 2/18/11 and 2/19/11, for some offshore and backcountry action. They fished aboard the 'BnM' on Friday for a full day. Fishing was kind of tough, sailfish did not cooperate, nor the king macs, or even the yellowtails on the reef! However, they did catch a nice 40 lb cobia out of the kite while sailfishing! They also dropped on a hole and caught a huge 18 lb mutton, as well as a 20 lb black grouper, too bad they weren't in season! They also caught a few tunas, a schoolie dolphin, some kingfish and a big ol' porgy! Saturday they went for a half day with Capt. Rick Stanczyk in the backcountry. They fished the edge of the gulf, again fishing was a little tough back there, though they did catch about 15 spanish macs, ladyfish, a couple bluefish, 2 nice blacktip/spinner sharks, and a lil' 10 lb. cobia on the light jig rod - very fun on light tackle! Sometimes it's quality, not quantity, that counts! As the weather continues to warm up, the backcountry fishing should really be taking off again, looking forward to great days in the gulf, as well as tarpon fishing in the back!!!

    Capt. Rick Stanczyk
    305-747-6903
    rick@seethefloridakeys.net
    http://www.budnmarys.com

    February 19, 2011 at 3:35pm

    Capt. Rick Stanczyk fished with his father, Capt. Richard Stanczyk Sr., and friend Capt. Dave Peck from North Carolina down here for the winter today for some florida keys fishing. We fished some channels between Islamorada and Flamingo in the morning, got a late start around 8:30, but still had some good falling tide. Caught plenty of seatrout, some ladyfish, and a couple good pompano for dinner. After hitting a few spots we moved out to hit some good tarpon holes as we had heard there were some free-jumpers spotted the day before, and we saw a couple in some deeper channels while we were running around back there. We set up about 11:00 when the tide started coming in, and boy was it fantastic! Our florida tarpon fishing trip saw 4 tarpon hooked in the air, however we were only able to get one to the boat. We even hooked one on a light rod with jig/shrimp. We also caught a couple of blacktip sharks. The prize of the day though was a 500 lb sawfish, Capt. Dave Peck had never caught one so Rick found one for him. We caught him on a tarpon rod with 80 lb mono leader and a small 4/0 hook, amazingly, he took off like a freight train then stopped dead in his tracks and hugged the bottom while we finger-tipped him up with the leader and got a good look at him. We released him unharmed as these are very rare and protected fish - true dinosaurs!!! Hopefully this is a good sign that it will be a fantastic year for our florida fishing charters!

    Capt. Rick Stanczyk
    rick@seethefloridakeys.net
    305-747-6903
    http://www.budnmarys.com

    February 04, 2011 at 5:12pm

    Capt. Rick Stanczyk and Capt. Jim Willcox had Ed Forrester and his party in the backcountry for some florida keys fishing on 1/23/11. It was a freezing cold morning being in the high 40s last night, and very windy. We took the long, smoother ride back towards flamingo through some really low water. We fished some deeper channels and creeks in the back and picked away at a handful of redfish, though having gotten cold so quick things were a little slow early. Roy on Capt. Ricks boat did catch a nice 15 lb snook with a shrimp on the bottom though which was a real exciting fish to see as there population has still been hurt since the last cold winter we had in 2010. We decided to run back around some runoffs in some other channels closer to home around noon when it started to warm up, and we really got into the reds then! Each boat probably caught close to 50 a piece! Tried fishing the edges of some of the banks, and not much but catfish, and a couple pompano. After that we headed back to Islamorada! Capt. Vinne Biondoletti reported similar fishing in the A.M., though fished a different area in the afternoon and did catch a lot of ladyfish and pompano. Capt. Alex Adler on the Kalex had a nice catch of snappers and some nice cobias as well up to 40 lbs!

    Capt. Rick Stanczyk
    305-747-6903
    rick@seethefloridakeys.net
    http://www.budnmarys.com

    January 23, 2011 at 4:54pm

    Capt. Rick Stanczyk had a great day in the everglades on 1/6/11! He went for a day of fun fishing with his girlfriend and mother, Elizabeth and Ginger Baxter, and good friend Jonathen Ness. They fished way back around the mainland of florida and the cape in the morning. Great bite of redfish the first spot they stopped, and a handful of decent size black drum! They ran up in a few winding creeks and caught a few more, along with some trout and ladyfish. Ended the day running around the gulf side back towards home, the water was real dirty with the west wind blowing so we didn't see much around the usual spots where you may find a cobia or triple tail lurking. We did fish a few runoffs closer to home and caught some more trout and ladyfish, and a few larger reds one of the islands on pinfish! All in all probably caught 30 drum altogether! Great florida keys fishing day on the water!

    Capt. Rick Stanczyk
    305-747-6903
    rick@seethefloridakeys.net
    http://www.budnmarys.com

    January 15, 2011 at 4:44pm
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