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:


How to catch Black Drum in the Florida Keys

Fishing for black drum in the florida keys is something we do often in the winter time, especially when it is very cold as they along with redfish can take the coldest of temperatures we experience here in Islamorada and still bite.  We really don't catch them consistently at other times of year.  Florida keys black drum fishing generally is best in the channel run-offs, island moats, and creeks that go up into the mainland everglades.  You'll often catch redfish in many of these same areas, along with other species such as sheepshead or snook.  Black drum fishing can be good on either tide, though they will often be most concentrated in areas on a extreme low tide (which we get negative tides in the winter) and when the water is very cold (under 70 degrees).  Catching black drum in Islamorada is mostly done with plain old live shrimp.  The bigger the better in most circumstances.  A heavier jig head of 3/8 oz to 1 oz may be required to hold bottom especially if the current is really moving.  I usually just pinch the shrimp tails off and hook them through the back, though you may try live hooking them through the horn as well.  Fishing for black drum in Islamorada basically is best just by casting out and leaving your shrimp on the bottom, just slowly lifting your rod tip once in a while to move the bait a bit.  You'll notice the fish congregate in certain areas - certain corners, trees, holes, and thats the best place to concentrate your casts.  A simple knocker rig will also work with a slip sinker to a 4/0 circle hook.  You can leave a few of these out while your fishing your jig too.  Islamorada black drum fishing can also produce good fish for dinner as many people love to eat black drum - though be warned they are fairly difficult to clean as they have tough scales, so make sure to use a sharp knife and be very careful.  Large ones tend to be wormy so I would personally steer clear of anything over 10 lbs.  Catching black drum in the florida keys is most fun on light tackle, simple spinning rigs with 15 lb test and 30 lb leader should suffice.  In some of the deeper creeks and canals, once in a while fish are caught that can be 30 lbs or better which are a lot of fun!  You do have to be patient fishing for these big boys, but they are there almost every year especially when it gets cold!  Hope you have lots of fun learning how to catch black drum in Islamorada.   If your down here for the winter and want to have some fun then think of an islamorada black drum fishing charter next time you want to bend the rod!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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