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:


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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Capt. Jim Willcox newspaper feature.

Capt. Jim recieved kudos from Tony Capecchi in the Star Tribune.  He earned his vote as top guide in the world.  Read more about it here:



2015 Sailfish Tournament Wins by the Bud N' Mary's Fleet

It's that time of year where we have a different sailfish tournament every week here in Islamorada. If you like competition and light tackle sportfishing you might want to consider entering one sometime! Last week the Sailfly tournament took place, which is a fly fishing tournament for sailfish. It was a 2 day event, and no fish were caught the first day. The second day though, Capt. Alex Adler on the Kalex put his client on a sailfish, and it was enough to win the tournament! Great Job! The Islamorada Ladies Sailfish Tournament took place last weekend, and Capt. Aaron Brower on the "Buzz On" led his team of female anglers to a first place finish! They had 4 releases the first day, and 1 more on the second day. It's the second year in a row they've won the tournament. Congrats. This last Friday and Saturday the Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament took place and the Relentless finished in first place! They released 11 sails the first day on 12 lb test! The second day slowed way down for them, but they added 1 more release, totaling 12 sailfish in all. The Catch 22 finished in 2nd place, with 7 sailfish the first day, and 1 release the second day, for a combined total of 8 releases. Great Job Guys! 

The girls on the Buzz On were victorious in the Islamorada Ladies sailfish tournament



Congratulations Team Relentless on winning 2014 Islamorada Sailfish Tournament

Capt. Paul Ross and mate Jim Hendrix of Team Relentless have done it again.  They competed and won in the 2014 Islamorada Sailfish Tournament!  This is leg one of three of the Gold Cup Series of sailfish tournaments here in the Florida Keys.  The competition was intense and really boiled down to the final 3rd day of fishing.  Team Relentless pulled away in the end winning with 16 fish for the 3 day tournament.  Capt. Paul has a long history of winning big time tournaments here in the keys.  Second place was Team Nancy Lee, captained by long-time fellow Bud n' Mary's Capt. Dave Morris, with 15 fish.  In 3rd place was Team Olympic Gold, who had a three way tie with other boats, all with 12 fish.  It's always great to see how well Bud n' Mary's captains represent in the local Islamorada sailfish tournaments, and not to mention many other tournaments around the world - Great job guys!  You can book all of our tournament-winning captains through our office, the winter time is the BEST time of year to catch that sailfish of a lifetime!  Call us today at 305-664-2461.


Underwater Swordfish Video at 1600'

Capt. Nick Stanczyk and Capt. Sara Michael captured this broadbill swordfish down 1600' on camera while deep dropping


Logan fills his fish wish! 

Alabama teen, blind and confined to wheelchair, fulfills dream of catching swordfish

Colby Mason, Logan Prickett, Nick Stanczyk
On May 31, 2014, Logan Prickett (center) flanked by mate Colby Mason (left) and Captain Nick Stanczyk (right) show off a 105-pound swordfish that Prickett caught off the Florida Keys using an electric-assist fishing reel. Prickett, 19, of Montgomery, Ala., has overcome numerous obstacles after suffering an almost fatal reaction to intravenous contrast dye administered during an MRI to examine his pituitary gland in September 2008. The trip to Islamorada, Fla., with his family to fish on Stanczyk's Bn'M II celebrated his high school graduation. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Hunter Mills) (Hunter Mills)
The Associated Press By The Associated Press
on June 01, 2014 at 12:38 PM, updated June 01, 2014 at 12:45 PM




ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — A 19-year-old Alabama high school graduate who is confined to a wheelchair and legally blind was still beaming Sunday, the day after he reeled in a 105-pound swordfish off the Florida Keys.

 In September 2008, Logan Prickett of Montgomery had a near-fatal reaction to intravenous contrast dye used in an MRI to examine his pituitary gland. He was in a coma for 12 days, was left with severe motor-control deficiencies and couldn't speak above a whisper.

 But Prickett returned to school and in late May graduated among the top 10 students in his high school class.

 Earlier in the school year his mother, Tammy Prickett, began discussing a post-high school graduation trip with her son and his friend Hunter Mills.

"Together they said 'we want to go to the 'Sportfishing Capital of the World' to catch a swordfish,'" TammyPrickett said.

They chartered with 29-year-old Nick Stanczyk, skipper of the Bn'M II, who has led clients to numerous swordfish and other trophy fish.

 Friday was their first day of fishing and they lost two swordfish.

They had better luck on Saturday when Prickett used an electric-assist reel and cranked a 105-pound swordfish to the boat.

 "Logan had the biggest smile of anyone I've ever seen," said Stanczyk. "I cried. It's the happiest I've ever felt for someone catching a fish."

 Tammy Prickett said her son will study at Auburn University's Montgomery campus in the fall and hopes one day to manage an aquaculture business.

 "He wants to overcome as much as he can and prove to himself he can," Prickett said. "It shows others we don't have to let our circumstances limit our lives."