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:



Welcome to our Florida Keys Fishing Reports section.  Here we will be posting all the catch reports both offshore and backcountry around Islamorada and the Florida Keys.  Our captains will post individual reports and we will have overall marina reports.  If you've fished out of Bud n' Mary's Marina, tell your captain to write a fishing report and we will post it for all to see!  Better yet - e-mail us the fishing report and pictures (please try to reduce the size to under 300k).  Remember all captains can be booked through Bud N' Mary's Florida Keys Fishing Charters by calling 1-800-742-7945Islamorada Fishing Reports vary year round, so check back often! Thanks!

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2/22/17 February Backcountry Fishing Report in Islamorada

The warm weather trend has continued throughout most of February and it's continued to feel like an early spring here.  Today we had kind of a nasty day with heavy rain and wind, though we probably needed the rain, but it was a good day for me to have off.  The last week or so the majority of my trips have been with 3 people, and so ive been sticking to the same routine most days (more open water fishing) and we've been having good luck.  That has revolved around fishing for big things - tarpon, sharks, and the occasional 'mud marlin'.  Since the water temps have stayed in the mid 70s, most those fish have been fairly active every day.  I think only one day did we not get a tarpon bite, though we had plenty of them around the boat, just the fishing window we caught there was no tide and it was slick calm, and they were in a finicky mood.  Most of the other days it hasn't been red hot fishing but if you put your time in, you could get a bite or two out of the silver king and we landed at least one most days.  Sharks were very active too mostly blacktips, and we caught some big 'mud marlin' while doing that too.  Out in the gulf the mackerel fishing has still been pretty good.  On windier days it's been a better bite, but even when slick calm we've been able to pick away at them.  A few days ago we also found a lot of tripletail which was nice to see because previous to that there had only been a handful around it seemed.  We caught one that was 12.5 lbs, one of the biggest I've caught in a long time.  We caught a few snappers around some of the islands on a few trips, and some nice lane snappers out on the ocean side patches one trip too, and that's been about it.  I'll likely be focusing on tarpon fishing mostly from here on through the summer, barring any extreme late cold fronts.  A few days ago Capt. Chris Daly had a nice 40 lb cobia fishing in the backcountry/gulf.  Capt. Jim Willcox picked away at a few redfish, trout, and other things deep in the everglades with Doug Bentz and co, and also reported some monster bull sharks in the gulf a few days ealier.  Capt. Mike Venezia caught a big 300 lb goliath grouper in the gulf a few days ago, and it had coughed up a dead lionfish and a dead cormorant!  Last week he also reported a decent bite of snook and a few redfish/drum in the everglades.  Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti reported a few snook and a nice juvenile tarpon in the everglades on the 20th.  Capt. John Johansen has reported some bigger tarpon action in the backcountry channels too, plus plenty of shark activity.  Looks like we have a little bit of west wind the next couple of days as we are experiencing a very minor cold front, may not be great for fishing for certain things but hopefully won't mess us up too bad.  Water temperatures shouldn't change much and our early spring should keep on going!  Give us a call if you want to get out on the water, it's definitely busy season here now and March is always cranking with spring break etc...  305-664-2461

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

Jim and Gwen pose with her nice tarpon!

Eric shows off a nice spanish mackerel.

Brandon with his size larger tarpon.

Eric shows off this lunker 12.5 lb tripletail!

Big 'mud marlin' coming up from the depths.

Redfish and Snook combo!

Juvenile tarpon are always fun on light tackle.

Redfish in the backcountry creeks.


Cobia in the boat!


2/21/17 Mid February Offshore Fishing Report 

We are moving right along through February 2017 here in Islamorada, Florida Keys. We've had a mix of weather, a few days with cooler temperatures, some days with wind, and it looks like some rain for tomorrow, but should clear back up after that. The Islamorada Bartenders sailfish tournament took place eight days ago, and the "Broad Minded" took 2nd place with releases and the Cloud Nine took third place with 3 releases. The sailfish bite has continued to be the same so far this year, with a few fish around most days, with a couple better days and slower days in the mix each week. 

We finally saw a few cobia hanging up the past week when we had some calm weather. It's not the numbers we usually see, but hopefully we start seeing more and more. There's been a few african pompano around the wrecks, a good number of king mackerel, a few wahoo, some mutton snapper, and some blackfin tuna. On the reef we've seen yellowtail and mangrove snapper. Also a couple of goliath grouper. 

Further offshore a couple boats made the long run to the marathon hump and it paid off, with multiple boats catching nice blackfin tuna in the 15 - 30 lb range. There was also a few mahi, which was a bonus. There's been some deep drop fish including queen snapper, blackbelly rosefish, vermillion snapper, and a few yelloweye snapper too. We did a couple swordfish trips, catching 2 fish on one trip and missing two bites the following day. The Catch 22 also fished a swordfish trip last week but reported no bites. 


Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book your next fishing trip and we'll find a great boat for you. Remember we have lodging options here too! 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 


2/12/17 February backcountry fishing report

February fishing in Islamorada has been marked by fairly warm weather so far and looks to be an early start to our spring time fishing.  We've had a few chillier days with some minor fronts that didn't turn out to be much, but several very warm ones as well.  Tarpon have started to show up and we had some successful days targeting them in the backcountry of the Florida Keys.  Capt. John Johansen, Capt. Bill Bassett, and myself had some good luck catching them last week.  Howard fishing with me landed large tarpon, 120 and 150 lbs!  Water temperatures creeped up into the mid and high 70s, which is the bottom range of when we expect to have a decent shot at catching them.  It wasn't always red hot fishing islamorada tarpon fishing, but if you put time in you could get a shot or two, and there were plenty of sharks as well as some big 'mud marlin' to pull on as well.  Out in the gulf the spanish mackerel fishing has been pretty consistent still as well.  The days with wind have been much more productive out there, the few flat calm days fishing for them was a little tougher.  Capt. Perry Scuderi and Capt. Mike Bassett both reported some quality action out there with the spanish mackerel, and I've been getting out there most days with my little larger boat which is nice when its windy.  Capt. Mike also reported some large sharks and goliath grouper yesterday for his client.  We also got a couple big goliaths and 'mud marlin' I had some good luck catching nice mangrove snappers around the islands too with cutbait and pilchards.  Some of the larger snappers have been around if you can get up tight to the mangroves which they like to hide under.  Capt. Mike Bassett had a very large specimen one day too.  A few days ago when it was very windy we had incredibly low tides in the backcountry, some of the lowest I'd ever seen!  Several boats had trouble even getting into the east cape canal area.  I had decent fishing with Howard and Mike, we caught some live pilchards and were able to catch half a dozen snook, and lost probably another half dozen, so enough to keep us entertained on a very windy day - we then caught our snappers for dinner afterwards.  Earlier this month I had Dan in the backcountry and we caught redfish, drum, and snook... and Bill Levore caught some very nice snook with me the day after along with mangrove snappers.  and I had Capt. Jim Willcox and Capt. Ted Wilson also had some snook action back there as well.  Capt. Tim Arce had some good action on the patches today and got a nice permit to start the day!  Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti reported some good mackerel fishing and a cobia last week, and Capt. Jim Willcox also got a nice cobia a few days ago too.  Loosk like this week we will have another minor front hitting us later in the week, don't think it'll get very cold but may slow the tarpon down again.  Hopefully though the next few days it'll warm up enough where we have a some shots at them in the meantime.  Soon enough it'll be tarpon on a daily basis though, I know I'm ready for that.  Give us a call if you want to get in on the action, 305-664-2461.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

Mackerel on fly for Dan!

Nice redfish for Dan earlier this month.

Bill Levore showing off a very nice snook earlier this month.

Big bull shark for Chase.

Nice cobia for Capt. Willcox's angler.

Dave and Mike show off a pair of snook.

Dan got a big tarpon on this day too, gorgeous weather!

Howard fight one of two large tarpon he caught, this one 150 lbs!

Nice snook for Mike on this very windy day with super low tides.

Goliath grouper out of the muddy waters in the everglades.

Pretty patch reef parrotfish!  Say that 3 times really fast...

Nice permit for Capt. Time Arce angler this morning.

Monster mangrove snapper with Capt. Mike Bassett

Sawfish a.k.a mud marlin

Great shot thanks Jason Stemple of Capt. Bill Bassett's angler fighting a tarpon!


2/10/17 February Reef Fishing Report 

There was some exciting catches here at Bud n' Mary's Marina the past week. Last Wednesday, the 28th annual Poor Girls Sailfish tournament took place, which is a fun inexpensive tournament for the ladies, and the Indigenous took second place with 7 releases, and the Cloud Nine took third place with 4 releases, The Reel McCoy also had 4 releases and finished in fourth place. Great Job Ladies!!! The sailfish bite has remained fair overall, most boats getting 1 - 3 shots per trip, with a couple better days mixed in. 



We had a cold front move through last night with pretty stiff winds, but the winds are suppose to start letting tomorrow. Wednesday and Thursday were "pre frontal", with light winds, calm seas, and with the approaching full moon we saw some beautiful wahoo caught. On Wednesday in the sailfish tournament Taylor caught herself a big 57 lb wahoo! The Cloud Nine also had a wahoo that day and there was plenty others lost. We caught a couple on the Broad Minded yesterday as well. They seem to bite better when its calm, so I bet we'll see some more the next week once everything begins to settle out. 


The kingfish bite has remained pretty strong, with fish in the 5 - 20 lb range, and a couple in the 30 - 40 lb range! There's been a few african pompano, mutton snapper, amberjacks, and grouper around the wrecks as well. Grouper season is closed until May, but they are still fun to catch and release. We haven't seen as many cobias as I thought we would, but last week there was one day with a few caught. I expect to see more on the dock any day now. There's been a couple blackfin tunas around while live baiting as well. 


The Cloud Nine made it way offshore on a swordfish trip yesterday and released a 50 lb swordfish. On the Broad Minded we did a couple "deep drop" trips last week, bottom fishing in 500 - 1000'. The bite was a little slow, but we wound up catching a couple really nice fish in two days, including a golden tilefish and a queen snapper. We had plenty of small blackbelly rosefish too. 


Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book you're next fishing adventure in Islamorada and we'll set you up with a great boat and crew! Also don't forget we have lodging options at the marina and our Outfitter store is set up with a ton of great fishing apparel. 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 




2/2/17 End of January and Early February Deep Sea Fishing report

We had some of our coldest air temps the past week here in Islamorada, Florida Keys. It reached a brisk 60 degrees or so, but it didn't stop our offshore charter boats from going fishing! Last Thursday was the one day Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish tournament, and the Bud n' Mary's boats did well again. The Kalex took 2nd place with 4 releases and the Cloud Nine finished in 3rd with 4 releases. That was the third and final leg of the Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship, and team Relentless took top honors with 22 combined releases over the three different tournaments this winter. Congrats to all the boats here on a great season!!! Overall the sailfish bite has remained fair, with most boats getting a shot or two per trip the last week, with a few better days mixed in. Hopefully they turn on again and we start getting a handful of shots per trip. 


The yellowtail snapper bite has been very good most trips, with many boats limiting out. There's been a few mutton snapper in the mix as well and some grouper (but grouper have to be releases untiil May 1st). The king mackerel really showed up the past few days, with fish from 5 - 20 lbs. We've seen the occasional blackfin tuna in the mix and some cobia are starting to move through. February is usually one of the best months for cobia, so if you're patient and put your time in you should have a good shot at find them! There's also been some amberjacks on the reef and wrecks, but remember they are closed for harvest until March 1st. 


Way offshore I made it out on a few daytime swordfish trips, but the bite has been tough. The last two trips didn't yield any bite, and we missed a couple bite a few trips ago. This time of year was very slow last year as well, but when you are fishing for that one fish you just never know when he's gonna eat your bait! There has been some beautiful queen snapper caught deep dropping on the way in and out from the swordfish grounds, so that's been a plus. 


Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to get out and go fishing in Islamorada! We'll set you up on a great boat! 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk