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 slowing down as it cools off and we get into 'winter mode' here in the Keys!   Florida keys fishing trips into the backcountry flats areas have been producing a mixed bag of fish, and when cold many of these fish are showing up in the deeper channel run-offs, island moats, and creeks.  Redfish and snook are still in the shallows when it's warm, but the winter holes are getting more productive. Snook on the shorelines and beaches have been a good bet especially with live bait such as finger mullet or pilchards, and shrimp works especially well after a good cold front.  Black drum and sheepshead are in the mix now too.  Good news for the florida keys fishing report! The patch reef fishing has been very good, with plenty of action and good eats with hogfish, snapper, porgy, grouper, and cero mackerel.  Trout, ladyfish, jacks, and the occasional pompano school can be found in the channel run-offs, and when warm in the open bays too.  Spanish mackerel fishing in the gulf bays is getting better though and should be a good option throughout the winter into next year.  On the offshore islamorada fishing charters sailfish fishing is heating up and the dolphin (mahi mahi) are slowing down.  Tunas can be found offshore on the humps still throughout the winter.  Wahoo are sometimes found closer inshore on the edge fo the reef, and of course king mackerel fishing is usually good when it cools off in winter.  Also don't forget about the big schools of cobia throughout the winter we find in the shallower water offshore.  Swordfish fishing is possible through the winter though can be a tougher time to fish, especially when it is rough, but 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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Jim Willcox wins Top Inshore Guide Award for 2nd time in 3 years.

Captain Jim Willcox has won the Top Inshore Guide Award for the 2nd time in 3 years, in the prestigeous Keymorada Fly-Spin Tournament.He competed against 37 other guides. In five years this tournament has raised over 1.6 million dollars with all proceeds going tobenefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.It is a(2 day)20lb test tournament for Bonefish, Permit, Snook, Redfish, Tarpon & Sharks over 70 lbs.In two days Jim's anglers caught 5 permit, 2 Tarpon, 1 Redfish, & 10 Sharksup to 200 lbs.



Bud N' Mary's video on YouTube!

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Jim Willcox great video with sawfish, goliath and other species!



Sawfish in the backcountry!

Capt. Jim Willcox along with some other guides here have caught sawfish a few days this past week.  These creatures are pretty amazing and have been making a comeback after being nearly extinct!  Jim's customers caught this 500 lber and got this great shot of it attacking the boat with its saw!!


If you teach a man to bonefish... (from the Chicago Tribune)

Story featuring Captain Vic Gaspeny out of Bud N' Mary's Marina, who recently took a writer from the Chicago Tribune bonefishing and got him an 11 lb fish!  Great story!