About Bud N' Mary's

Bud N' Mary's Fishing Marina is located in Islamorada, Florida, The Sportfishing Capital of The World!  It was established in 1944, and over the years has been one of the most famous sportfishing destinations in the world!  It is home to over 40 of the finest offshore captains and backcountry guides.  We also have a spectacular party fishing boat, the Miss Islamorada.  There is also a great dive shop, boat rentals, motel, boat storage, transient dockage, and tackle store.  We will be posting fishing related events, catches, media publications, and overall news concerning Bud N' Mary's here, so keep tuned in!  You can contact Bud N' Mary's at 1-800-742-7945 or e-mail us:
bnmfm@budnmarys.com.

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Florida Keys Fishing Reports

Islamorada Fishing Reports have been including lots of action as of late, with a big variety of fishes.  Tarpon fishing in Islamorada is heating up as it warms up and we get into 'spring and summer mode' here in the Keys!   Florida keys fishing trips into the backcountry flats areas have been producing a mixed bag of fish, and when warm many of these fish are showing up on the flats and shallow areas where smaller skiffs can find them.   Snook on the shorelines and beaches can be a good bet especially with live bait such as finger mullet or pilchards, and shrimp works especially well after a good cold front.  Summer time the snook fishing really heats up when the spawn starts, usually in later May.  Good news for the florida keys fishing report! The patch reef fishing has been decent, with plenty of action and good eats with hogfish, snapper, porgy, grouper, and cero mackerel.  That wills low down as we get later into the spring.  Trout, ladyfish, jacks, and the occasional pompano school can be found in the channel run-offs, and when warm in the open bays too.  Trout fishing will get better and better and summer is usually a great time for that.  On the offshore islamorada fishing charters sailfish fishing is slowing down and the dolphin (mahi mahi) are heating up.  Tunas can be found offshore on the humps still throughout the winter.  Wahoo are sometimes found further offfshore of the reef.   Swordfish fishing is possible through the spring when it's not too rough, and summer it starts to get much better - don't hesitate to call and ask about it!  They are a blast when fishing in the Florida Keys! 305-664-2461 or 1-800-742-7945 or Islamorada Fishing Charters!

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Saturday
Dec092017

Hurricane Irma, 3 months later

Well Hurricane Irma has come and gone and things are almost back to 100% at Bud n' Mary's thankfully.  It was a devestating storm that the Keys will remember for a long time to come.  We'd been very fortunate in Islamorada and the rest of the Florida Keys, being spared a major hurricane disaster since Hurricane Donna in the 1960s.  While we've had brushes with several storms, nothing has compared to this.  Not even Hurricane Andrew did nearly the amount of damage Irma did to us.  The Lower Keys, Big Pine Key and souther Marathon, definitely took the brunt of it.  Much of Islamorada and Key Largo did much better, especially properties that are on the bayside or near the road.  But everyone on the ocean got the full punch and suffered much more of the storm surge and brutal wind power directly.  We had a total of about 8 feet of extra water come up over Bud n' Mary's property.  All of the buildings had some flooding in them.  Luckily all of the boats did very well tied up in the mangroves, or taken on dry land.  We didn't lose any boats and only had some minor damage on some of our houseboats due to tree branches and moving them around.  The docks at the marina were probably the toughest thing to deal with.  We lost our entire large dock where most of our houseboats are tied too, and that took several months to get rebuilt.  One of the problems after a big hurricane is just getting materials and man power, as there is catastophic damage everywhere.  Power and water was lost on site too which took several days to get restored.  We had trash from about a mile up the beach from our property all wash down to ours, as our barn sticks out past the end of the mainland here and made a big collection point for everything.  We had 2 bobcats working for 10 hours a day for 3 straight days just moving debris out to be picked up.  They were really life savers!  We were very fortunate and able to reopen the marina with limited capacity on October 1, just 3 weeks after the storm hit.  We had limited rooms available, and even some charter captains back to fishing at that point.  Winds gusted up to 130 mph or so though were steady around 100 mph.  We were fortunate our giant storage barn made it through, only losing the bottom part of the metal around the outside of it and a small part of the roof ripped up.  We lost just about every AC unit on the property.  All the water lines and power around the docks was destroyed and had to be rebuilt.  We had a good amount of drywall to rip out and replace in several building.  The roof on our penthouse suite was ripped up and had to be patched and ultimately redone to fix it right.  Everywhere that water could find a way in, it did.  Luckily now 3 months later, we are back up and running with all of our hotels and charter boats.  All our offices and stores are operational again and we have live bait, frozen bait, and a selection of fishing tackle and clothing.  We are still not 100% done with the docks where our houseboats go, however that will hopefully be done before christmas week.  Here are a bunch of pictures from the storm.  Hurricane Irma will forever be remembered here in the Florida Keys.

 

 



Thursday
Apr212016

Check out our new Outfitters Store

Next time you stop down at Bud n' Mary's make sure to check out our new outfitters store!  We just opened it in the last month and we carry great products from brands such as Pelagic, Yeti, Xtratuf, Columbia and more!  Clothing, hats, bathing suits, sunglasses, fishing boots, coolers, coozies, gray taxidermy fish mounts, artwork by Sam Gibbons... all kinds of stuff!  We have several customized Bud n' Mary's items as well from these brands.  It is the largest selection of Pelagic clothing in the Keys.  The store can be found on property and is part of Key Dives dive center building (right on the highway).  

It is open from 9 AM to 5 PM currently and will be open later in the summer time.  You can reach the them by calling Bud n' Mary's (305-664-2461) and asked to be transferred to the outfitters store.  You can also email sara@budnmarys.com for online ordering or other questions.

 

 

 

Wednesday
Nov042015

Backcountry fishing video

Check out this Islamorada Backcountry fishing video made by Capt. Nick Stanczyk fishing with his Brother Capt. Rick Stanczyk. 

Thursday
Aug272015

Relentless named one of the TOP BOATS in the Atlantic! 

Marlin Magazine did a recent story on who they consider to be some of the top fishing boats in the Atlantic and Capt. Paul Ross' Relentless made the list! You can't go wrong fishing with these guys on a charter! They are some of the best in the business at running a first class fishing operation and they truely are stand up guys. You'll also notice he's one of the only charter boat to make the list too! Most of the boats are multi million dollar operations that travel all over the world to fish. CONGRATS CAPT PAUL!!!

Monday
Mar092015

PELAGIC triple crown of fishing TOURNAMENT at Bud n' Mary's

We are excited to be hosting a PELAGIC fishing tournament at Bud n' Mary's on Monday, May 25th! It's called the Memorial Day Classic and you don't want to miss it. There's 2 different divisions, a reef and an offshore division. Read more about it here, http://www.pelagicgear.com/memorial-day-classic-2015-tournament ,  give us a call to book a charter boat at 305 664 2461 or bring your own boat!