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 sweeps the Gold Cup Sailfish Series! 

Yesterday was one of the most exciting days here fishing in Islamorada in a long time. It was the one day winner take all Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish tournament, which is the last leg of the Florida Keys Gold Cup Series. The sailfish bite had been pretty tough this past week, with just a handful of fish caught between all of the charter boats at the marina each day. Yesterday though, some of the guys were in them! Capt. George from the Reel McCoy, would take first place on private boat Swagger, with 7 releases. Second place also had 7, which went to Last Dance. With 10 minutes to go in the tournament, team Relentless would hook a double header. They wound up catching both fish, to give them 7 releases for the day and put them in 3rd place for the Fishing Club Tournament. Going into the day we had the Catch 22 leading the Gold Cup Series with 30 releases, followed by Relentless with 26 and Swagger with 25. Capt. Scott on the Catch 22 released 1 sail early yesterday to go to 31 overall releases, but then lost the next few fish. At 3 pm Capt. George on the Swagger would jump to 32 releases. At 3:50 p.m. it was looking like George and his team were on their way to their first Gold Cup Championship, but then Relentless hooked up. First a single, then a double. But they lost one quickly. But then a minute later they were back to a double header. They released one of the two and were tied with Swagger, but they still had one fish on the line. Lines were out of the water now, but you could still fight a fish after lines out if you were hooked up before 4 p.m. Well at 4:17 pm Relentless released their last sailfish, giving them 33 releases overall in the Series, and Capt. Paul's 5th Gold Cup Championship! Great Job to the Bud N' Mary's Boats taking first, second and third place to sweep the series!

Team Relentless wins the 2014 Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship

Capt. George with his team on Swagger win the IFC sailfish tournament and take 2nd in Gold Cup


Capt. Paul took the Gold Cup Championship in the last few minutes. Capt. Scott had a head start going into the final day, but Team Relentless stayed true to their name to beat Swagger and Catch 22


Bud n' Mary's Captains take top 2 in Cheeca Lodge Sailfish Tournament

Last Friday and Saturday the Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament took place here in Islamorada. It's always an exciting event with good competition. The most relelases win the tournament, and we can't use heavier than 12 lb test main line! Some boats did well over the two days, while other boats never caught a fish. We were very happy to see Capt. George, who owns the Reel McCoy charter boat, take 1st place with 10 releases while running the private boat "Swagger". Not far behind him was Capt. Paul on the Relentless with 9 releases in 2nd place. It was the 2nd Leg of the Gold Cup sailfish tournament series, with the last leg being this Thursday, for the Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish Tournament. Great Job Guys!

Tight Lines,

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

Capt. George and Team Swagger receiving 1st place honors

Capt. Paul and team Relentless took 2nd place in the Tourney


1/7/14 Lil Bud Update

It's been a busy couple of weeks here in Islamorada, but no one has forgot about Lil' Bud. We were hoping he would be able to roam the south end of Upper Matecumbe Key by now, but the Vet said it would be best if he still spends most of his time inside for another few weeks. He has been making appearances at the marina each week and got lots of attention for Christmas. Here's the latest pic of our little furry Friend. May all the animals have a safe and Happy New Year!


Capt. Nick Stanczyk helps out on TV Show Bass2Billfish 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk spends a day offshore with Host Peter Miller and young Ryan from the Make A Wish Foundation. The first airing is today, January 6th at 2:30 pm on NBC Sports, and the rest of the airings are listed on the schedule below.


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