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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Bud n' Mary's Offshore Boats take 2 out of top 3 in Tournament! 

The 50th anniversary Islamorada Sailfish Tournament took place from the 6th - 8th of December. It's a historic tournament down here and always a fun one. We were happy to see our boats do well again. The Catch 22 finished in 2nd place with 23 releases over the 3 days. The Cloud Nine got a phone call Friday morning after their friends boat, Close Call, had engine troubles, so they loaded up the boat and left a little late. It didn't stop them from having a great showing, and they ended up releasing 20 sailfish over the 3 days to take 3rd place. Great job!!!

Team Catch 22

Team Close Call Fishing aboard Cloud Nine



Shark Fishing Article

A shark fishing article on sportfishing magazine's website featuring bud n marys guides jim willcox and rick stanczyk.



11-27-13 Lil Bud the Cat Update : )

It seems the road to recovery for Lil' Bud has been great so far. The Vet at Island Paws says she is very impressed with how fast he is healing up after the surgery from September. Lil' Bud has been to the marina a few days each week visiting his mom (mama Mary), as well as a lot of other people who stopped by to say hi to him. He's still spending most of his day in the cage, but is allowed up to 4 hours of "no cage/play" time now. Both adults and kids have been giving him attention while he was at the marina visiting, so he's loving that. Lil' Bud has also been getting his fair share of fresh fish lately. A lot of the mates and captains have been giving him some prime pieces of snapper and tuna to snack on, just like old days. Hopefully by the end of next month he will be back in action and out of the cage completely, greeting fisherman in the mornings, and jumping from boat to boat looking for fish snacks.

Thanks again to everyone who helped the little guy out, and make sure to pet him for a touch of good luck before your next fishing trip. A lot of cats have made their homes at the south end of Upper Matecumbe Key over the years, but this furry friend is lucky to have so many people looking out for him.



Great fishing if your in Mexico

If anyone is visiting Mexico and looking for some world class sailfishing down south, be sure to look up the Poverty Sucks fishing team.  Capt. Dietmar Kossmann runs a gorgeous 53 foot hatteras full time down in the Riviera Maya.  The sailfish fishing is world class there and Capt. Dietmar is a former Bud n' Mary's captain himself, also uncle to Capt. Rick and Capt. Nick Stanczk.  He brings the professionalism and knowledge of an Islamorada captain to the world of saltwater fishing in Mexico.  You can also reach them at:

Poverty Sucks Fishing Charters
P.O. BOX 707
Islamorada, Florida 33036
Phone: 305-304-6083

Poverty Sucks Fishing Website


11-4-13 "Lil Bud" the Cat continues to improve

Well it's been a couple of weeks since our last update on our little furry friend Lil' Bud, so here it is. He has been back to Island Paws Veterinary Hospital a couple of times, and they believe he is making a remarkable recovery since the surgery. He is getting a lot of strength back in his rear legs (where all the tendons were torn), and his hip socket seems to be getting stronger and stronger. Lil Bud is still a little wobbly walking around, laying down after a short while, but he's been able to go a little furhter each week. Island Paws said he's allowed outside the cage now for 1 - 2 hours per day to stretch and walk around, but we still need to keep his movement limited to help assure the best possible outcome. He has made a few appearances at the marina, and spent sometime in the office in the cage, but hopefully by this time next month he's back on the docks and boats where he belongs. The Vet also said they adored the little fellow so much they wanted him to enter the animal Halloween Costume Contest even though he wasn't in tip top shape. Now Lil Bud wasn't in the best of moods this day, but he did dress up as a grumpy little fisherman and pose for a quick picture. He received quite a few votes, but will have to try again next year for a top 3 finish. Just want to say a big THANKS to everyone who has helped the little guy out. A lot of people have stopped by to see him and we apologize he hasn't been there, but hopefully next time you're down in Islamorada you can catch up with him when he's back in action. We also received a story similar to his, where a man adopted a cat who had been in an accident, even though they said the cat's life wouldn't be as long as usual, but 19 years later he still has that lucky cat. Things like that give us all inspiration for animals and I hope Lil Bud turns out to be just like that cat. Also a few weeks back Lil Bud received a pair of crutches to help him get around. We were really hoping he'd be walking around on them, but all he does is seem to play with them. That's all for now, and in a couple of weeks I'll give you another update on our little orange friend. Thanks again to everyone for helping out Lil Bud : )