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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!

To see older fishing reports, scroll to the bottom and click the page numbers!


4/21/14 Late April Backcountry Florida Keys Fishing Report

Well it is nearing the end of April and our busy season is still in full swing.  We've still been having some late cold fronts and actually are experiencing the remenants of one the last couple of days.  The last couple nights temperatures have dipped into the mid 60s providing for very nice evenings, though the water temperature dipped a bit today in the bay and got down into the mid 70s which shook things up a bit with the tarpon fishing.  Yesterday fishing was great for them Capt. Bill Bassett had good tarpon action both in the morning and then again in the afternoon on a full day trip releasing several fish.  Capt. Chris Daly and Capt. Rick Stanczyk both released multiple tarpon in the morning on half day trips.  Capt. Mike Venezia has had some tarpon action on his trips as of late as well as Capt. Ben Ekblom and Capt. John Johansen.  Today Capt. Rick Stanczyk reported a nice tarpon in the morning and then fishing had slowed down but this afternoon he had a good rally and landed a couple more tarpon around the bridges plus some snappers for dinner.  They also caught two nice size groupers including a red and black grouper.  Capt. Sid Bryant landed a nice big tarpon this afternoon as well.  Capt. Clyde Upchurch had an excellent day fishing in the everglades and reported multiple snook and redfish too.  Looks like the next few nights will be a little chillier but warming up and hopefully by the weekend we should be back to the normal mid 80s by day and high 70s at night.  I don't think the water should cool much more and hopefully the tarpon will pick right back up to normal, this may turn out to be a good thing for the overall season again as it may keep too many fish from firing up and getting caught too early, leaving more for later in May and June!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


4/20/14 Islamorada Deep Sea Fishing Report

Happy Easter to everyone! It's been a busy week here while deep sea fishing in Islamorada, and I'm finally getting a chance to update everyone on what's been biting here in the Florida Keys. We are in the midst of spring now and the variety pack is still happening. We had a couple very weak cold front pass through the past week, which means the wind direction has swung all around, but for the most part it didn't affect the fishing too much. As we near summer a lot of the fish do cooperate better with more stable weather patterns, but that's one thing we'll never be able to control. The boats have been fishing both the reef as well as offshore. The Boats that have been focusing on the reef have been doing bottom fishing and some live baiting. The yellowtail snapper bite has been good overall, which is great rod bending action, and also great for dinner! There's been a few mutton snappers and mangrove snappers in the mix too, and I really think we will see a lot more mutton snappers here in the upcoming weeks. The reef groupers have been biting too, including reds, blacks, and gags, but they still have to be released until May 1st. While live baiting there has been a couple sailfish spread out amongst the fleet, as well as the occasional mahi (most are further offshore in the deep water), as well as a few mackerel, a couple tuna, and lots of litty tunny (aka bonito). On the wrecks the permit are still active, and many boats have released a fish or two using live crab for bait. Permit are great fighters and exciting gamefish. The boats that have been going further offshore have been finding mahi almost every day, although a couple days have been a little tough. There's been quite a few juvenile mahi, which we call "shakers", since we shake them off next to the boat, but the boats that are patient and put in the time have had anywhere from 10 - 30 keeper fish most days, with fish from 3 - 15 lbs, and there's been a few "slammers" (fish over 20 lbs), including a couple big bull heads up to 35 lbs. There been a few "football" blackfin tuna spread out, but hopefully they school up on the humps soon, because it's always nice to swing by and pick up some fresh sushi when you're way offshore. Both offshore and on the reef/wrecks there has been some big sharks caught and released too, so if shark fishing in Islamorada is something that interests you, let us know. This coming week looks like great weather, with light winds as off now, so if you want to try deep sea fishing in Islamorada, give us a call at the office and we'll find a great boat for you! 305 664 2461

Also don't forget that May 17th we are hosting the "Gotta Luv Them" charity dolphin (mahi) tournament at Bud n' Mary's Marina and it's going to be a fun event, so either bring your own boat or book a charter boat and sign up for some great competition. Find out more at

Tight Lines,

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

Giant goliath grouper caught and released on the Bn'M II by Jon from England

Catch 22 with mahi including a nice bull head

250 lb bull shark released on the Man O War

Remora aka "sucker fish" hitching a ride on Garrett


150 lb hammerhead shark caught and released

Bucket full of yellowtail snapper, Great dinner!

Spring time fishing, mixed bag of yellowtail snapper and some mahi on the Fearless

Permit caught and released on the Bn'M II




4/16/14 Florida Keys Tarpon season rolling on in April

Mid april and the tarpon bite is picking up.  It seems more fish are starting to show up locally around Islamorada which is good news.  We had a mild front come in last night but it did not drop temperatures only a bit of north/northeast wind today.  The tarpon did not mind we had a good day catching 3 out of 6 tarpon on live mullet.  We also caught some porgy and hogfish on the patch reefs and a big 'mud marlin.'  The past few days we've had good tarpon action as well as some nice size mangrove snappers on cut bait.  Capt. Bill Bassett had a couple tarpon yesterday as well as several sharks including a big 150 lb bull shark.  Capt. John Johansen has had good tarpon action the last few days as well around islamorada.  Capt. Chris Daly has been in the shallows with some good redfish action a few days ago.  Capt. Ben Ekblom just got his Key Hopper boat back and fixed up he's had some tarpon biting around the local florida keys channels and bridges.  Capt. Mike Venezia had a nice tarpon a few days ago as well as some snook in the backcountry everglades.  He's also had some good tarpon on the night trips.  The next week the outlook is good we will have good falling tide in the late afternoons into the evenings and with more fish showing up it should be good fishing.  Winds are suppose to stay out of the east/south the next few days and temperatures are up, a good mix for tarpon fishing in islamorada!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


4/15/14 Mid April Offshore Fishing Report

We've had some great weather the last couple days while Islamorada Offshore Fishing. The end of last week and over the weekend was a little windy, but it looks like decent weather for the up coming week. There's been good fishing overall, and all sorts of species! A lot of boats have been heading offshore in search of mahi, and most the boats have been putting together decent catches when it's all said and done. It's not red hot, but if you're patient and put your time in looking for birds and floating debris, it has been paying off. Most of the boats have had anywhere from 10 - 40 keeper schoolies (3-6 lbs), and there's been a few bigger fish up to 25 lbs on the dock too. Don't forget that we are hosting the "Gotta Luv Them" dolphin tournament on May 17th 2014 at Bud n' Mary's Marina, so if adding a little competition to fishing is something you're interested in, sign up and go have fun. It's a charity based tournament with many of the proceeds benefiting area scholarships as well as others. There's been some wahoo from 5 - 20 lbs on the big pieces of floating debris in addition to the dolphin (mahi). There's also been some amberjack on the humps and wrecks, but not as many as there should be for this time of year. Hopefully they move back in soon. The deep water bootom fishing aka "deep dropping" has still been productive for blueline tilefish, rose porgy, yellowedge grouper, etc in 400 - 600' of water. Back near the reef there's been a handful of sailfish caught and released each day. Not everyone is getting shots at them, but most of the boats putting in the time are seeing a couple fish. Inside the reef on the stingrays there's been some cobia caught each day as well. It also just takes time and patience as the boats search for the rays inside the reef. You may not find them every day, but you won't find them if you don't try! While achored up there's been yellowtail snapper, grouper (shallow water groupers still closed for harvest till May 1st), mutton snapper, etc. We are also starting to see some permit on the reef line. They head out there this time of year to spawn, and they average 10 - 25 lbs, but you have a shot at some real big ones over 30 lbs too. The shark fishing is still producing some bites too, including bull sharks, hammerheads, and the occasional tiger. We also got out on two daytime swordfishing trips at the end of last week, and the first day caught 2, and the second day caught 1. Give us a call when you're ready to book your fishing charter and we'll find a great boat for you! 305 664 2461

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

Big permit pushing 35 lbs released on the Bn'M II

Nice blackfin tuna caught while live bait fishing off the edge of the reef on the Reel McCoy

Bull Mahi caught off Islamorada

Red grouper caught and released on the Miss Islamorada Party Boat

Chrissy from the office got out fishing and caught this nice cobia on the Bn'M

500 lb tiger shark caught and released off Islamorada


Daytime Broadbill Swordfish aboard the Bn'M II



4/12/14 April Florida Keys Backcountry Fishing Report

Things are busy here and the fishing has been good so we are very happy!  It's been on the windy side so far in April, seems much of the usual march winds that we get are here now.  Things have warmed back up from the late front we had 6 days ago or so.  We had some decent post-frontal tarpon fishing around town as things did not get as cold as expected and the water stayed in the mid 70s.  Capt. Bill Bassett had a couple nice fish one day right afterwards, and also a fish on fly when it was blowing 20+ out of the northwest.  Capt. John Johansen had some nice tarpon around town on live mullet too.  Capt. Skip Nielsen had some great fishing catching multiple tarpon around the bridges a couple days after the front too on live mullet with Kenny Russel and Jim Riske.  Capt. Mark Hlis had Gary Bowden from the UK get his first tarpon sight fishing with bait.  Since then the tarpon fishing has been a little off the last couple days.  Not much tarpon action in the backcountry though today we caught a couple back there and Capt. Bill Basset got one as well.  Capt. Ben Ekblom yesterday had a nice tarpon in the morning fishing locally around town and a couple big 'mud marlins'.  I've been getting some tarpon around town the last few days though the bite has been slow just a couple bites a trip.  We got a nice big fish last night, and a nice fish during the day too out of a double header that we had hooked.  Capt. Mike Venezia had a couple nice fish last night fishing around the bridges.  Capt. Chris Daly had some redfish and snook action in the backcountry plus nice juvenile goliath grouper around the islands.  Capt. Jeff Beeler had a nice fish during the afternoon around islamorada.  Some more fish should start to fill in here and that could happen any day.  Late afternoon has had very low water around islamorada and looks like it could be productive fishing when the big schools of tarpon show up.