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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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7/24/14 A few monster Bull's plus plenty of more mahi and tuna

We've seen a handful of real quality mahi here the past week. I know of 4 big bulls weighed in at Bud n' Mary's throughout the week including a 40 lber on the Catch 22, a 44 lber on the Gimme Jimmy, a 46 lber on the Relentless and we managed a 57 lber on the Bn'M II! These monsters are heard earned, and there's no guarantees you'll find one, but when you do you'll remember it. The one we caught on the Bn'M II was the biggest one I caught here my entire life, so it just goes to show you that any day can be the day where you get the catch of a life time. Overall the mahi fishing has been good. There's been a few slower days where some boats struggled, but the good news is there's been quite a few blackfin tuna around, which they were able to catch around the humps. I would say the boats are averaging 15 - 30 mahi per day, including schoolies in the 3 - 5 lb range, quite a few "gaffers" in the 6 - 12 lb range (big enough where we use a gaff to boat them), and there's been a few slammers each day spready out amongst the fleet. When you fish for mahi it is similar to hunting, where you have to look hard many days and "hunt" around. It may be quite for hours, but if you find that one piece of "magical debris" or a set of birds, you can make your entire trip in just one occurence. It takes patience, and you can't give up easily. There's also been some sharks around lately, including some big dusky's, hammerheads, and we caught a rare big eye thresher shark the other day while daytime swordfishing. The daytime swordfishing has been a little tough the last week, but we did manage one nice fish a couple trips ago around 160 lbs. We've been having some summer thunderstorms passing through each day, but after a little rain and clouds the sun has been coming back out. I think we will keep seeing the mahi the next few weeks with consistency, so give us a call in the tackle shop and let us set you up with an Islamorada Offshore Charter boat. 305 664 2461.

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

57 lb bull mahi on the Bn'M II with anlger Marshall Dodson in the center.

Fearless with a bunch of schoolie mahi and a couple gaffers

Catch 22 with a handful of "slammers" including a 40 lb bull and plenty of nice schoolies

3 nice slammers at the same time for Cloud Nine

350 lb big eye thresher shark before release

pair of "football" blackfin tuna. Great for sushi or the grill!

Reef shark for this young lady on the Buzz On

Predator with a nice slammer, some schoolies and a few snappers

Nice swordfish for Michele

"munster hunter" capt. Dave Jones on the Gimme Jimmy with a 44 lb bullhead

46 lb slammer on the Relentless



7/23/14 July Backcountry Inshore Fishing Report

Just got back in town after being gone for a week.  Fishing has still been decent in the backcountry though the last few days things have gotten a little tougher apparently.  While I was away some of the guys had some good tarpon action including Capt. Ben Ekblom, Capt. John Johansen, Capt. Chris Daly, and Capt. Jeff Beeler.  Capt. Ben had a good morning on the 17th catching multiple tarpon close to home.  The smaller everglades fish have been around though hit or miss - some days there in one channel, some days they are in another!  Also there had been some action close to home on the falling tides with tarpon.  Today Capt. Clyde Upchurch had a few nice size snook and some snappers for dinner.  Myself and Capt. John Johansen had some action with sharks though not much luck with the tarpon.  We found some mullet first thing in the AM and got one good crack on them.  Later in the day the pilchards came up very good as well and we caught about 6 dozen, though there was not much action with the snook only had a couple snook bites and hit almost a dozen different spots.  Capt. Jeff Beeler did find some tarpon and caught 1 and finished his morning trip with a handful of trout.  Capt. Jim Willcox had some good fishing several days ago deep in the everglades with redfish and some snook.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


7/16/14 Mid July Islamorada Deep Sea Fishing Report

We've seen some great fish caught here the last few days while fishing in Islamorada. Mahi have still been the main target for most the boats, and every boat that has gone offshore has got in on the action! Each day is little different, with some days producing more big fish (aka "slammers" which are 20+ lb mahi) than others. Today about 1/2 the boats had a slammer or two, and the other half had plenty of nice schoolies and a few medium size "gaffers". A few days ago most of the boats had at least a couple big fish, and some boats had 6 - 8 big fish and then schoolies to go along with them. These have been full days charters for the most part, although some of the smaller and faster boats are getting in on the mahi action on 1/2 day trips. The boats on full day trips have had anywhere from 20 - 40 legal fish. There's been some big schools of undersize fish as well, and the boats will catch a few for fun, but typically move on to try to find legal size fish. A legal mahi is 20'' to the fork of the tail. Back on the reef the mangrove snappers are biting for the Miss Islamorada Party boat, and a few charter boats have fished the reef and got yellowtail snapper, a couple king mackerel, and a few mutton snapper. No boats have swordfished the past week, but we got a couple boats going the next few days so we'll see what they bring back. Today was the first day I fished in a week after taking some time off after slight shoulder injury, and with the calm weather we decided to head out on Sara's pathfinder bay boat. It was quite the first hour and we almost gave up, but then we caught a few small mahi, keeping a couple for dinner. About 30 minutes later we found another set of birds working. Sara hooked a nice cow around 20 lbs and then my stepdad Tim hooked a big bull on 15lb spin tackle. It took about 30 minutes and we got a gaff shot. The fish weighed in at 42 lbs and just goes to show you that a slow day fishing can turn into the trip of a lifetime in just a matter of minutes. So get down here and get in on the action while it's hot! Give us a call in the marina office at 305 664 2461 and let us set you up with a fishing charter!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

44 lb bull mahi (dolphinfish) on the Relentless

Catch 22 with a rack of slammers, gaffers, and schoolies

42 lb bull for my stepdad Tim. Biggest mahi of his life!

Fearless with a big bull and plenty of schoolies to go along with it

long time Bud n' Mary's customers on their boat the "peanut" with a 40 lb bull and a nice cow

Limit of mahi mahi on the Strictly Business!



7/13/14 July Islamorada Fishing in the Backcountry

It's mid july and fishing is still very good in the everglades backcountry of islamorada.  The wind has picked up out of the southeast a bit the last couple of days.  Not blowing crazy but definitely not the flat calm we had for a good period of time.  Fishing has been good tarpon action in the backcountry has been consistent in the early mornings and some shots at fish in the afternoon too.  Capt. Rick Stanczyk and Capt. John Johansen have both had some good tarpon action the past week.  The tarpon are the 'summer time' fish which are on average smaller in the 30-60 lb range, though we did have a 100 lb fish today.  Capt. John has also had some nice sharks in the channels too.  Capt. Rick has also reported good snook fishing still around the beaches and islands in the backcountry using live pilchards and pinfish.  His angler Cruz also got a few nice slot size trout yesterday and mangrove snappers for dinner fishing small ballyhoos.  Capt. Chris Daly has had some luck in the skinny water with sightfishing redfish with a few snook mixed in too.  Capt. Bill Bassett had a half day today with good action with trout, ladyfish, and snappers, and caught several large bull sharks to finish it off! Capt. Jim Willcox had a couple productive days fishing the cape mainland area for snook and redfish as well.  He said lots of bait (finger mullets) were being blown up by fish which is a very exciting thing to witness!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


7/11/14 offshore fishing in Islamorada in July

The good weather and good fishing has continued the past week here in July. There's been a few passing thunderstorms most days, but it only gets cloudy and rainy for an hour and then the sun comes back out. It's a common thing in the summer time here while offshore fishing in Islamorada. Mahi Mahi have still been in full force almost every day the past week. A couple days were a little slower than others, but catching fish on a full day hasn't been a problem! People ask if they can get them on 1/2 day charters, and sometimes you can if they aren't very far offshore and there are lots of fish around, but many of the captains still don't want to gamble on getting them on a 4 hour trip when over 1/2 the time is traveling in and out, and then you have to hunt around and find them. Some boats have been limiting out with the 10 fish per person limit, but I would say the boats overall have been averaging 20 - 40 fish. There's been a handful of "slammers" each day hanging up (mahi over 20 lbs), with most of the fish being nice keepers in the 4 - 7 lb range. The humps have been producing a few blackfin tuna still as well. A couple boats have fished the reef lately and there's still been yellowtail snapper, a few mutton snapper, and a couple grouper around. The mangrove (gray) snapper are starting to spawn on the reef as well, and they make for great action and excellent table fare. The daytime swordfishing bite has been steady, with most trips producing a bite or two, but catching that bite is what decides the good days from the slow days. I had a nice streak where we caught 1 or more broadbill swordfish our last 8 trips. The fish have ranged from 40 lbs up to 180 lbs. The mahi, tuna, and swordfish will remain target species here offshore during the next couple months, so give us a call at the office and let us set up an Islamorada fishing charter for you. 305 664 2461

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

182 lb broadbill swordfish comes aboard the Bn'M II

40 lb bull Mahi aka "bullhead" on the Relentless

Plenty of mahi mahi on the Strictly business (I even saw the girls learning to fillet their fish!)

This family had a blast catching all these mahi on the Catch 22 including a nice slammer

The cloud nine reef fished this day and had a limit of yellowtail snapper, a mutton and a nice grouper

The Gimme Jimmy showed this family an awesome day with schoolies and a pair of slammers

Daytime Broadbill swordish can have the most brilliant colors sometimes like this one