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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10/20/14 Deep Sea fishing report in October

We've had our first couple of cold fronts here in Islamorada, weak ones but temperature/wind changes nonetheless. The wind has swung around from the southeast to the north multiple times, some fish didn't mind it where a few didn't like it. In the middle of last week we saw some great catches of mahi, boats had 20 - 30 fish, anywhere from 3 - 15 lbs, but a few days it was much more difficult when we had the north/north west wind. Saturday a lot of boats had them when the wind died out, but on Friday they were elusive for almost everyone. A lot of boats have still been heading to the humps to live bait and troll for blackfin tuna. Last week was very good overall, mostly "footballs" in the 5 - 12 lb range, but still a couple in the 20 - 25 lb range. Only a couple of the offshore boats fished yesterday and the tuna bite had slowed down, we each got a few. I do think they will spark back up this week though with the east wind again. The action on the reef has been picking up each week too, and it will only get better as we get into winter! The yellowtail snapper bite has been good and the mutton snapper are getting fired up. We should start seeing more and more grouper as we get into November. I didn't see any sailfish flags this weekend, but last week there was a handful caught and released around the reef. On the wrecks the king mackerel are starting to bite better and better, and there a few tuna and a few stray mahi coming by too. This time of year the fishing conditions change often with the weather, so what's good one day may not be the next, but if you're ready and willing to fish for what's biting you'll have a great day on the water and catch a mixed bag of fish. The daytime swordfish bite has been very good lately too. We caught 5 fish one trip and 2 on the other two trips, with fish from 40 to right at 200 lbs.  Give us a call in the office when you're ready to book your Islamorada Deep Sea fishing trip and we'll get you set up! 305 664 2461

Capt. Nick Stanczyk


Miguel with a big daytime swordfish with Capt. Nick Stanczyk


Nice Fall time "bull" mahi aka "bullhead"

Fun day on the Fearless with Blackfin tuna, kingfish, mahi, and skipjack tuna

Predator with a mixed bag of tuna, cero mackerel, and yellowtail snapper

Blackfin tuna for Wayne from Mississippi



10/19/14 A little cooler october weather is great for fishing!

We had a nice little blast of cool weather a few days ago and it has been about as pretty and comfortable as it gets here in Islamorada.  Very nice cool mornings and then mid 80 degrees during the day is tough to beat, plus little wind and clear skies.  The fishing has been fantastic too.  After the front Capt. Rick Stanczyk had a great day of fun fishing in the everglades with his Dad.  They landed lots of snook and redfish, as well as juvenile goliath grouper and some big jacks.  The cooler weather seemed to push some redfish and snook our way and they were happy to feed.  Live pilchards were doing the trick, which are readily available just about every morning on the shorelines and around the islands.  Capt. Rick has also had some good tarpon action his last several trips.  Yesterday his anglers landed a 100+lb fish in one of the everglades canals, a very large specimen for this time of year!  They also had plenty of action with big blacktips and a lemon shark.  Today was similar fishing the boys wanted big fish sharks and tarpon.  They landed a couple tarpon and several blacktips and another big lemon too.  Capt. Bill Bassett had good action yesterday with the goliath groupers, his anglers from the UK were thrilled with several goliaths including a 300 lber, and also some sharks including a big bull shark.  Capt. Jeff Beeler had some good snook and redfish action yesterday around cape sable.  Fishing very good right now the cool weather has helped things out.  Before it gets very cold just about everything is still possible here backcountry fishing islamorada in october.  Give us a call and let's get out fishing!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


10/14/14 Mid October Inshore Islamorada Fishing Report

It's the middle of October and things are starting to get a little busier here in Islamorada.  The Fall is traditionally considered 'offseason' here in the Keys.  Not to say the fishing is not good, but just lack of tourists to take out there.  October actually can be some of the best fishing there is especially in the backcountry.  We had a small taste early in October when we had a mild front that started pushing big hordes of baitfish down the beaches and the tarpon, snook, and other fish did go nuts!  However it warmed up soon after and since then we've had pretty windy weather.  Fishing has been decent and honestly nothing in particular has been red hot, though mixing things up can give anglers a variety of action and at the end of the day you can put together a nice catch.  Some days are really taking hard work to make it happen though our captains aren't afraid of that.  Plenty of pilchard baitfish have been around and should continue to be through the winter, those always help make the fishing more productive!  Capt. Mike Venezia has been fishing many of the islands and channels in the bay and around flamingo and reported good fishing.  He's had snook action on live pilchards, as well as plenty of mangrove snappers, a few juveniule goliath groupers, and jack crevelles to keep the rods bent.  He's also said he's seen a handful of redfish around some of the islands, and had some good shark action one day as well.  Capt. Chris Daly reported similar action with snook and snappers.  He also had former Kalex mate and new backcountry guide to Islamorada Gunner out fun fishing and they got a nice red sight fishing.  Capt. Rick Stanczyk has reported much of the same, a handful of snook and lots of snappers on the last few trips with some ladyfish and trout mixed in around the channel runoffs and bays.  The other day they got into a good tarpon and shark bite, catching a couple tarpon and jumping a couple others as well as some big blacktips.  Today on a half day we fished out to the west in the near gulf with pilchards looking for larger snappers, it wasn't easy but we put together a catch of a dozen or so bigger snappers.  Not much consistency out there yet for the spanish mackerel, though that should be coming soon and in the mix can be ladyfish, bluefish, pompano, and more out there.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


10/12/14 Islamorada Offshore/Reef Fishing 

A few boats have been fishing each day the last week here in Islamorada, Florida Keys. There's been a decent bite of mahi the last few days, with boats having anywhere from 10 - 20 fish, anywhere from 3 - 20 lbs. The blackfin tuna bite on the hump slowed down a little bit, but there's still some around the humps. The bait hasn't been as plentiful so live bait chumming for the tuna has been a little more difficult, and there's been quite a few sharks eating the tunas when you hook them. I think when the boats get the livewells full of bait again we'll see some nice racks of tuna like we saw a week ago. There's also been a couple wahoo around on the troll as well. Back on the reef there's been a few sailfish starting to show up, which hopefully means we'll have a good season for them. Today the Kalex and Cloud Nine each released one, and yesterday the Buzz On released one. There's been a couple king mackerel on the wrecks, as well as mutton snapper. The bottom fishing for yellowtail and mangrove snapper has been decent as well. Further offshore the swordfish bite continues, as we caught 1 fish and lost a couple each of the last 2 days. The 6 weeks are prime daytime swordfishing months, and we have plenty of boats capable of putting you on a broadbill swordfish if you have the patience. The reef fishing should only get better and better as we get into our "winter" time fishing mode, so give us a call in the marina office when you're ready to get out and have some fun on a deep sea fishing trip! 305 664 2461

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

 Glen with his 3rd successful swordfish trip this year on the Bn'M II with Capt. Nick Stanczyk

Cloud Nine with a nice Bull mahi and a few others as well as some snapper

Great Jumping shot of a sailfish released aboard the one and only Kalex today

Fearless with a nice catch of blackfin tuna early last week

You never know when you'll get that suprise wahoo like they did last week on the Buzz On

Nice swordfish today for Bill, Eric, and John

Mahi in the morning and then a bucket of yellowtail snapper to end out the afternoon



10/7/14 October Backcountry Fishing Report

Well I was away again just got back in town after a great honeymoon in the mediterranean.  The october backcountry fishing in islamorada had been off to a good start.  We had a mild front several days ago and some of the boys had reported good fishing in the backcountry.  Plenty of bait had shown up including finger mullet and pilchards.  Capt. Jeff Beeler and Capt. Bill Bassett said there were lots of tarpon blowing up around middle cape and east cape sable for a few days.  Capt. Bill had action with snook and redfish in the smaller creeks, and caught a baby tarpon.  Capt. Jeff said at the end of September he was having some very good days with smaller tarpon coming down the beaches of the mainland.  Today things switched around we had high winds out of the southeast.  We found some bait on the ocean side that was pretty easy good medium size pilchards.  Capt. Perry Scuderi today had a productive half day they caught a nice bonefish on the ocean side, and some snappers for dinner.  Capt. Mike Venezia last week fished the first annual Islamorada Fishing Club snook & redfish smackdown tournamanet.  He won catching 2 snook and 2 redfish for 2 'smackdowns.' Way to go Mike!  He also had a juvenile tarpon and some snook a previous trip.  We spent the day in the backcountry looking for snook and tarpon.  Found a few batches of small tarpon though did not see any of the big schools of free jumping, busting ones that were mentioned from the previous week.  Though they weren't very much interested in feeding.  We hammered away around some islands and shorelines for snook, though it was a pick.  We caught 4 snook and hooked probably 8 or 10, unfortunately missing and pulling the hooks on some.  Also had a handful of jacks, snappers, and other stragglers.  The tide was ripping in the canals and many areas the water was pretty muddy from high winds the last couple days, and some seaweed issues in some areas, making for tougher conditions.  Fall snook fishing in the florida keys should get better and better, especially once we get another cold front.  Redfish should start to move in more consistently to the deeper creeks and canals too, along with their friends the black drum and sheepshead.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk