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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1/27/15 Late January Offshore fishing report

It finally feels like winter again here offshore fishing in Islamorada. We had a fairly strong cold front blow through last night, and the temperatures dropped into Mid 60's with winds out of the North West. This morning the wind has already let up some, and the next few days look to be great days to get out on the water. We are gonna have a north wind, which means the wind blows across the land mass, so we will have a wind "chop" on the ocean side the next couple days, but not big swells by any means. The reef line we fish this time of year is only 3 - 5 miles out from shore. Last Thursday was the one day Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish Tournament, which is also the last leg of the Florida Keys Gold Cup series. The Relentless releases 3 sailfish that day, giving them 2nd place in the IFC tournament, and another 1st place finish in the Gold Cup Sailfish Series with 31 releases over the 6 days of fishing! Congrats!

The Catch 22 finished in 2nd place in the Gold Cup Series as well with 17 releases over the 6 days of tournament sailfishing. Overall the past 10 days here there's been a handful of sailfish around each day. It hasn't been a red hot bite, but most of the boats that have been putting their time in have been getting 1 - 3 shots each day. Some days have been a little slower, while others better, it's always fishing. There's still been some kingfish and cero mackerel around on the reef, as well as the occasional tuna and mahi.


There's been some nice mutton snapper, a few big mangrove snapper, and the usual amount of yellowtail snapper while bottom fishing too. Of course when grouper season is closed we always seem to catch those too, and there's been a handful of nice black grouper released lately. We also saw a couple nice african pompano caught last week.


I think this front might push some more cobia out of the gulf of mexico into the atlantic ocean this week, so I wouldn't be suprised to see some big cobia caught this next week. Hopefully the sailfish bite will keep improving this week as well with all the North Wind. A few boats have gone "deep dropping" for bottom fish lately and that has been a great way to catch some excellent eating fish. There's been tilefish, snapper, grouper, etc. from 400 - 700' of water.

We also took advantage of a nice day last week and made it out daytime swordfishing, and emily got her first swordfish.There's still been a few swordfish around way offshore, and if the weather cooperates and you want to try your luck, you always have a shot!

Give us a call in the tackleshop at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book your fishing trip and we'll find a great boat to get you out on!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk





1/24/15 January Florida Keys Backcountry Fishing Report

January is almost over and spring time is getting near!  The weather lately could have fooled anyone that was fishing down here as it was very warm the last week or so.  Tonight though we have a good cold front coming in and looks to be chilly through most of the next week.  This will give a good kick start to more of our traditional winter time fishery but slow things like tarpon fishing down.  As of late the mackerel fishing in the gulf has been very good.  The bite has been solid on just about all conditions and if you want rod bending, drag screaming action it is the way to go.  We had plenty of mackerel action today on a half day trip, plus some mangrove snappers for dinner.  Fishing in the everglades was fairly good earlier last week, though the last few days with the hard southeasterly winds and warm weather it got a little tougher back there.  I had Andy and his boys Derek and Konrad early in the week.  We had a decent day having to fish hard but put together a good catch of multiple redfish, a snook, sheepshead, and plenty of spanish mackerel to finish up the day.  Fun fishing early last week we also had plenty of black drum including a big 25 lber, snook, redfish, and tripletail.  Capt. Bill Bassett reported good tripletail fishing several days ago the last day it was calm.  Yesterday I know Capt. Jeff Beeler had action with trout, ladyfish, jacks, etc... and caught a nice tarpon while fishing for bigger stuff.  Capt. Chris Daly today had some snapper action as well as some grouper mixed in, and finished up with some spanish mackerel too.  Capt. Skip Nielsen had some large blacktip sharks on the fly the other day, looked like lots of fun!  As stated expect things to cool down for the next week but this should be a good thing for those looking to venture out into the glades, as well as for mackerel fishing in the gulf or patch reef fishing.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


1/17/15 Mid January Deep Sea Fishing Report in Islamorada

It's still been really busy here in Islamorada, so I have been a little slow on updating everyone on the fishing lately in Islamorada. The past two days the Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament took place and for what has been a mediocre sailfish bite lately, two of our boats did great! The Relentless finished in 1st place with 12 releases, 11 on day 1 and then 1 more on Day 2. The Catch 22 finished in 2nd place with 8 releases, 7 on Day 1, and 1 more on Day 2. Congrats guys!


Last weekend the Islamorada Ladies Sailfish took place, and the Buzz On finished in first place with 5 releases. It's a fun event, and a great way to get the ladies on the boat. They had 4 fish the first day and 1 more the second day. Congrats girls!

The Kalex also won a recent sailfish tournament, which was one for fly anglers. It's called the Sailfly, and catching a sailfish on fly in Islamorada is very challenging. The first day no fish were caught, but the second day the Kalex released 1 on fly, which was enough to win the event. Great Job! Overall the past 10 days here there's been a few sailfish around every day, if you are patient and put your time in you definitely have a shot at getting a fish or two. Making the bites count is very important, especially when opportunities are limited. The difference between a slow day and a good day is just a bite or two many days. We had some nice wahoo's caught last week when it was calm, around the full moon.

Big Wahoo caught on the Cloud Nine

Sailfish on the leader next to the boat. Remember the best thing for the fish is to keep them in the water to ensure a healthy release. That way we can catch them again.

Sailfish next to the boat on the Buzz On. Keeping the fish in the water is the right way to get a picture!


The kingfish bite has still been good, with fish from 5 to 15 lbs, and a few bigger ones. The boats anchoring down bottom fishing have been catching yellowtail snapper, a few mangrove snapper, a couple mutton snapper, and a few cero mackerel, which all make for great table fare. There's still been the occasional mahi and blackfin tuna while live baiting, as well as some big sharks if you want to pull on something strong!

Big bull shark released on the reef

Blackfin tuna while kite fishing

Big Mutton snapper from the Bn'M II

We definitely have some great Islamorada offshore boats open the next couple weeks here in Islamorada for fishing charters, so give the office at call at 1 800 742 7945 and we'll set you up.

Capt. Nick Stanczyk




1/17/15 January Backcountry Florida Keys Fishing Report

We've gotten a tad bit more cool weather recently and looks to continue to keep cool for the next week or so.  Nothing extreme but getting into the low 60s at night more of are regular winter time weather.  As of late there has been a mix of things going on.  Before the front again things had warmed up enough some of the big fish were active again including large sharks, goliath grouper, and tarpon.  Capt. Jim Willcox had a day with several sharks and a huge 300+ lb goliath.  He also reported some redfish action yesterday afternoon.  Now though we had a front last night and water temperatures dropped back into the high 60s.  Today Capt. Rick Stanczyk reported a mixed bag fishing in the everglades.  They had a pick of redfish, a snook, and sheepshead back there around the mainland everglades.  In the afternoon the spanish mackerel bite was good on the last of the incoming tide to put a good finish on the day.  Earlier in the week we had similar action we started with the mackerels then fished the mainland and had some nice snook, redfish, and even a 100 lb 'mud marlin' back there.  Capt Bill Bassett reported catching a handful of snook with his anglers and a young man was very happy that really wanted to catch one.  Capt. Mike Bassett reported good fishing on the patch reefs they had some nice hogfish, snappers, and released some small groupers.  The patch reefs have been a great bet still for half day trips, great fish to take home for lunch or dinner and you don't have to run too far.  Capt. Chris Daly reported good action in the gulf the last few mornings with the spanish mackerel as well.    The weather is very nice even with the latest cold frontal activity it's not getting super cold and the fishing is pretty good as well.  Give us a call if your looking to get out on the water.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk 


1/9/15 January backcountry fishing in Islamorada

Up until just a couple days ago we were having early spring-time like weather.  Highs in the low 80s with warm water temperature to boot.  It's thrown off a little bit of our traditional winter time fishing though in it's place we've had some good tarpon, shark, and other big critters to fill in the gap.  I had several good days with tarpon action as well as large blacktip sharks.  Most fish were in the 80 to 150 lb range, big winter time girls.  That fishing was very good on the start of the incoming tides, likely with warmer cleaner water pushing in from the gulf of mexico.  Large schools of gigantic black mullet were all over the place, very easy to catch and great bait for big critters.  Capt. Skip Nielsen had some great tarpon action during that period as well in the everglades backcountry of islamorada.  Of course a few days ago things cooled back down we had a pretty good front, however today already it's close to 80 degrees out and things look to be warming back up for a little while anyways.  The tarpon have slown down a little bit now, but if the water temperatures get back in the high 70s they may get very happy again.  Also strong indications we may have an early start to the season in February if weather patterns continue like this.  In the gulf the spanish mackerel have been very consistent both on the incoming and outgoing tides.  This is great action and there are plenty of snapper, ladyfish, and other guys to keep the rods bent.  A few cobias and tripletail have been found further out in the gulf as well.  The patch reefs have been very good too.  We did that today and had great action with porgy, hogfish, snapper, and mackerel.  Capt. Bill Bassett reported the day before the front catching a lot of hogfish he said they lost count - pretty cool!  The rest of the backcountry has been decent fishing with redfish, snook, black drum, and sheepshead.  This cooler weather should actually help that fishery out.  With it being warmer those fish are often just much more spread out so it requires patience and the ability to thourghly work areas to be productive.  Actually when things were very warm there was some good opportunities for sight fishing redfish and snook laying in the potholes with the lighter southeasterly breezes.  Anyways just about anything can happen down here, and it sure beats shoveling snow every day.  Give us a call if your wanting to get down here for some excellent islamorada fishing in january.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk