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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 reporting great catches of fish.  Tarpon fishing in Islamorada is starting to get very good, we are just about in 'prime' tarpon time now!   Florida keys fishing trips into the backcountry flats areas have been producing a mixed bag of fish.  Redfish and snook are moving on to the flats and into the skinny, though can still be found in some of the runoffs, island moats, and creeks.  Good news for the florida keys fishing report! The patch reef fishing is still decent though is slowing down a bit.  The spanish mackerel bite is pretty much done too, though there are still a few kingfish offshore.  There are permit, cobia, and goliaths in the gulf with some tripletail showing up too.  Trout, ladyfish, jacks, and mangrove snappers are being found in good number in the bays and muds.  On the offshore islamorada fishing charters sailfishing has been decent and some fish are still around for the late spring bite.  Dolphin is slow though should get better as it gets warmer.  Tunas are offshore as well as amberjack on the humps, with a mix of big sharks out there too.  Groupers will be closed until May 1, but yellowtail and mutton snapper are a good bet on the reefs inside. Swordfishing can be very good throughout the spring, though it can be rough, so check the weather for your fishing in the Florida Keys for them! 305-664-2461 or 1-800-742-7945 or Islamorada Fishing Charters!

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Bud N' Mary's Movie

Our new short movie we've created to promote Bud N' Mary's is on-line!  You can download it here by clicking the picture below!  Includes some talk with local captains, offshore and backcountry fishing, and an overall look at Bud N' Mary's and some history of the Florida Keys.  We'll soon have a cut down version on YouTube.  Make sure to watch it and tell your friends!

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Tarpon have been showing up

Tarpon have been showing up, good bite after sunset.  Captain Vic Gaspeny has been catching them regularly nearby.  Captain Rick Stanczyk has been fishing them locally too, having caught fish the last 3 nights out, as well as a nice snook!  Call Bud N' Mary's to contact them, or for Captain Rick's website, check out or email him at !!!


Have your swordfish bills preserved and painted!

Our seasonal resident artist, Sam Gibbons, who is well known for his original oil and giclee prints of Bud N' Mary's offshore sportfishing boats, has started printing scenes on swordfish bills.  Anglers who catch a swordfish on the B n' M, Catch 22, or any other boat can have their bills preserved and painted.  Sam also has bills already available with offshore scenes on swordfish bills.  Available with Offshore, day and night, and backcountry scenes.  Prices start at $250.  We also have some of these for sale at Bud n' Mary's tackle shop, and some available in a scrimshaw style!  305-664-2461


Sam Gibbons
PO Box 452
Harbor Springs, MI 49740



Sam Gibbons
PO Box 452
Harbor Springs, MI 49740


Fishing in February

Fishing in February has been pretty good overall.  We have had a lot of cold weather and wind, though fishing has been decent overall.  Sailfishing offshore has been steady, a lot of kingfish and mackeral around.  Bottom fishing has been good when there has been current on the reef.  A few dolphin and tuna showing up as well.  Backcountry fishing has been good when it has been warm though the cold water has been shutting things down when the water temperature drops in the 60s.  Some snook and redfish in the park, and tarpon fishing has been good when warm enough before and after the sunrise/sunset.    Capt. Vic Gaspeny has been catching quite a few.  Captain Rick Stanczyk has had nice catches of yellowtail, hogfish, mangrove snappers, and cero mackeral on the patches.  Capt. Nick Stanczyk on the BnM has had a few good catches of cobia, sailfish, mackeral, and reef snappers as well.  As it warms up through March fishing should really pick up as we move into dolphin/tuna season offshore, and tarpon season in the backcountry!  Stay tuned!


Islamorada beats Chicago in the winter time...

Well I convinced my good friend Jack Siragusa to come down from the windy city for a few days and hang out here at the marina. The first couple of days we spent some time on the reef and caught sailfish, kingfish, dolphin, amberjack, and crevalle jack. With good weather coming for the last day of the 2008 year I figured what could be better than a day out on the swordfish grounds. So Jack, Richard, Vic, Croft, Spicey Mikey Meatballs, and myself loaded the boat and headed out. Fishing was great, we caught 4 swords, 3 for Jack up to 75 lbs, and little Croft Upchurch caught his first sword , about 90 lbs. But Jacks' Adventure wasn't over yet... while winding up our swordfish bait we noticed what appeared to be a blue marlin behind the boat... so we let the bait out, and before we knew it.. there was a 250 lb blue marlin jumping wildly in our wake... Jack ran to the chair and after 30 minutes.. he had his first blue marlin boatside... till next time....