March Shark Fishing Islamorada

Big sharks are around.  We caught some big boys out in the gulf today.  We’ve been getting plenty of blacktips and lemons in the backcountry fishing for tarpon as well.  But today we had big 300 lbers on the line.  They were ferocious!  Here’s a picture of one that actually ate a smaller shark.  We were fighting it and the bigger bull shark grabbed it and took us for a ride.  We landed the shark only to notice that it wasn’t even hooked – it was just holding on to the smaller shark in its jaws and would not let go.  As soon as we snapped a few pictures, it ate the rest of the shark!  Big monsters like these are caught regularly on the ‘gulf wrecks’ along with plenty of other great sharks in the backcountry of the florida keys.  This time of year there are plenty of tarpon around too, plus big giant ‘sawfish’ and goliath groupers on the wrecks as well.  It’s the time of year to catch something BIG!


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December Shark Fishing in Islamorada

We’ve had a streak of warm weather here in the Florida Keys.  Since a bit before christmas we’ve been enjoying highs in the 80s and lows in the 70s.  Sharks in the backcountry have been prevalent.  This time of year, big bruiser black tips are normal out in the gulf and in the channels of the everglades.  Today we caught about 15 of them and it was very fun.  These massive ‘spinner sharks’ can jump and put on a show similar to that of a tarpon.  They can give you a good 30-45 minute fight sometimes.  There have even been a handful of tarpon around speaking of them, we jumped a few off the other day and saw some today but did not get any bites.  We’ve also been catching some lemon and bull sharks since it’s been warm.  The bulls have been back near the mainland areas and canals, and lemons are commonly fround cruising the flats when the water is warm as this.  Give me a call if your interested in pulling on JAWS!  Islamorada shark fishing is fun for the whole family.  Especially on our trips we often catch small ‘rod bending’ stuff such as mackerel, ladyfish, etc… that we save for bait for the big boys.  It’s great for kids and adults.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


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July 2014 SHARKS!

I’ve caught some really nice sharks the last few weeks here while shark fishing in Islamorada. We caught and released a 150 lb hammerhead on the “hump” one day, and then a week later we released a 250 lb dusky shark on the “hump”. I’ve been doing quite a bit of swordfishing lately and we caught and released a rare big eye thresher shark which we hooked in 1600′ of water! I thought we had on a monster swordfish, but when the 5′ tail broke the surface I knew we had on the elusive thresher. They fight extremely hard and are beautiful creatures. We also caught and released another hammerhead the next day offshore of the florida keys. The Fall months are great months to go fishing for sharks in the florida keys, so send me an email if you’d like to get out. We see a lot of big dusky, silky, bull, and hammerhead sharks around the humps when we get our fall run of blackfin tuna.

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

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5/15/14 Tiger Shark for the UK guys!

Well I finally got out on another monster shark fishing charter here in Mid May in Islamorada Florida Keys. I had a pair of friends from the UK aboard the Bn’M II and they wanted to catch something big. In the morning we trolled for a little while and caught a couple wahoo, a big mahi, and then went and did a little vertical jigging. We caught a handful of almaco jacks and 1 amberjack. From there it was time to find a shark! We ran out to my favorite shark area and set up on our first drift. It didn’t take too long and we had a bite. The rod bent over slowly and the fish started walking off line. But the excitement was short lived, the whole jack came back with full of teeth marks. We reset and put down another live jack. After about 10 minutes of drifting the rod loaded up. The tip lowered towards the water and we were tight! I had a feeling it was tiger, because it didn’t panic when hooked. The guys took turns on the shark, and after 3o minutes we had a 400 lb tiger shark boat side! We took a few pictures before releasing the shark to fight another day. The guys were happy and it was high fives and back towards Islamorada to celebrate!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

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4/15/14 Big Tiger Shark on the Bn’M II

I had Nick and Caroline from London out fishing in Islamorada on the 15th, and Nick said he wanted to catch something big. Well the old saying goes, “be careful what you wish for”. And the old saying is true many times, but I like to change it up just a little, so I told him “be careful what you fish for”. We caught some live minnows in the morning, and started heading offshore to try to catch a monster shark. On the way out we caught a few mahi, and we finally reached the spot I wanted to fish. We set out two bonitos, which I had caught a few days before. We made our first drift, but no bites. I was a little discouraged because there wasn’t hardly any current, so I wasn’t sure if we’d get a bite. We reset and put out the two rods again. Bam! We got a bite on the deep line, but pulled the hook immediately. We wound it up to check it and it was just an empty hook. But then we saw the float on the shallow rod lay side ways. Usually it’s up and down vertical with the weight of the bait and sinker on it. We started cranked and the rod slowly bent over. Nick got in the chair and went to work.

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The shark didn’t do much at first, so I thought we might have had a small dusky or bull shark on. But then he woke up and the battle was on. It was an hour tug of war, and when Nick finally got the giant shark up on the leader he couldn’t believe his eyes! It was a 10′ , 500 + lb tiger shark! He was literally speechless. We got a little under water video of the beast boat side, and after a few minutes we broke the leader and the fish swam away healthy.

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It was an awesome fight and an awesome fish. Fishing for big sharks takes patience, but if you get the right bite you’ll have a memory to last a lifetime! Congrats Nick! email me if you’re serious about trying to catch a big shark at

Capt. Nick Stanczyk


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