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!


4/30/15 End of April Deep Sea Fishing Report

We had some great catches here the past week fishing in Islamorada in April. The weather was very crummy yesterday, with solid rain all day, but we can't control the weather and I suppose we were due for it. The mahi bite defitely picked the past week compared to the week before. Still a few days about 1/2 the boats would get them and 1/2 wouldn't, but overall it definitely has been getting more and more consistent. It should only improve as we get into May. A few boats had as many as 30 fish on some full day charters, including schoolies (3 - 5 lb fish) and a quite a few medium size fish (gaffers) in the 8 - 12 lb range. There was a couple slammers up to 30 lbs too. The fish have been caught by just trolling, as well as on birds and floating debris. There's been some nice tripletail around the debris and a few wahoo too.


On the humps we are catching some blackfin tuna and amberjacks. The Tuna have been from 3 - 15 lbs, and the amberjack from 20 - 50 lbs. There's been some big sharks around the humps too.


Today is the last day we have to release shallow water groupers aka "reef groupers" for the rest of year. I know everyone will be excited when they get catch that big grouper starting May 1st, since they will be able to bring it home for the dinner now.  A lot of boats have released black, gag, and red groupers the past month here. We've also had some quality size yellowtail snapper on the reef lately, and May is a great month to catch the "flags" , with fish in the 18" - 24" range. The permit have been around the wrecks lately too. I haven't seen any cobia the past week, but I'm sure there is a school out there somewhere, you just have to put in the time to look for them. There was a couple sailfish caught the past week, and I think we'll see the occasional sailfish caught and released the next month. There's been some king mackerel on the wrecks as well, both "snakes" in the 4 to 10 lb range, but the Kalex had a pair of 40 lb smokers the other day.

Way offshore we have been doing some daytime swordfishing. My last trip we had 2 fish, keeping a 153 lber and releasing a 50 lber, but the trip before we didn't captalize on our shot and pulled the hook on a sword.  If you ever want to try your luck at getting a broadbill the upcoming months are prime time. I recently sold my boat, Bn'M II, and will be running some trips on the Bn'M as well as the Catch 22. If you'd like to fish with me, Capt. Nick Stanczyk, just mention it when you call the booking office to book your fishing trip at 305 664 2461.


We also have 2 great fishing tournaments coming up in May. The first is the Gotta Luv Them Charity Dolphin (mahi)Tournament. It's on May 16th. You don't have to be a serious fisherman to enter. If you have your own boat or are going on a charter and want a little competition and the chance to win some $$$ you should sign up. Many of the proceeds go to a good cause as well. It's the combination of the 3 biggest fish added together. The Second tournament we are hosting is the first annual Pelagic Triple Crown Memorial Day Classic on May 25th. This tournament has 2 seperate divisions, and is going to be nothing but FUN! There's a blue water division and a reef division. "Jungle Rules" apply, so if you have your kids out fishing and they need a little help, jump right in! Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Amberjack, Snapper, Grouper, and Mackerel can all put you in the winners circle. Bring your own boat, or go on a local charter boat! Both tournaments are going to have a kick off party the night before, and an awards banquet with dinner the night after the fishing. The weigh in Station will be Bud n' Mary's Marina. 


Get on down here while the fishing is good! Give the marina a call at 305 664 2461 to book your next fishing adventure!

Capt Nick Stanczyk


4/27/15 Late April Backcountry Fishing Report

April is almost over and it already feels like summer time!  We've had some record setting heat the last few days.  With light southwesterly winds it's been very muggy but the fishing has remained pretty good.  The tarpon have been active throughout the day both in the backcountry and around the local channels and bridges.  Mullet is still often the bait of choice though crabs are being used some as well.  The presence of mullet should remain strong for a few more weeks and then we usually start getting more into summer time mode, however with this warm streak who knows how that may affect things coming up.  Capt. John Johansen, Capt. Jeff Beeler, Capt. Skip Nielsen, Capt. Rick Stanczyk, Capt. Bill Bassett, and Capt. Mike Venezia have all reported good tarpon fishing lately around the local bridges and channels.  Capt. Bill had a very good day last week landing multiple fish on bait and finishing with a nice fish on fly in the afternoon.  Capt. Rick Stanczyk had some banner fishing with Darrell Brock for 3 days they landed multiple tarpon and had lots of action mostly on live bait.  Today he repoted good shark action in the backcountry and got into the tarpon back there as well.  Capt. Skip Nielsen had long time customers Tom and Wendy Sims out today, Wendy got a backcountry slam redfish, snook, and tarpon.  Capt. Mike Bassett reported a very good day of snook fishing last week too.  He found some nice size pilchards around some of the backcountry islands.  Capt. Jim Willcox had some good redfish and snook fishing deeper in the everglades a couple days last week as well.  He also got into a few nice hammerheads the other day shark fishing.  It's the time of year that anything is possible with the calm weather conditions the water is looking very nice and you never know what you might find out there.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


4/23/15 April Offshore Fishing Report

I know I've been a little behind on posting fishing reports lately, so I'm making up for it with this one covering the last two weeks. We've had some greats catches recently at Bud n' Mary's. Of course there's been a few slow days too. It's called fishing for a reason, and there's no guarantees. We had some decent days on sailfish, which was the Spring Time conditions we were hoping for, but it only lasted a few days when the wind and current lined up. The Buzz On got in on the action one day releasing 8 sails, the Relentless had 5 sails two days ago, and quite a few boats had 1 - 2 releases. I think we'll see a few more here and there, but we are definitely getting ready to start heading offshore more, and won't be spending every day on the reef. There's been some great catches of yellowtail snapper, quite a few grouper to release, a few mutton snapper, and some permit around the reef as well. I know everyone is excited for May 1st so we can keep a couple grouper for dinner! Offshore the dolphin fishing has been decent. One day we do very well, and the next day it's a struggle. The boats that have found floating "debris" have done the best. The fish drift with the debris because of all the bait that gathers around it. Some boats have just had a couple dolphin some days, while others have had as many as 20 - 30 fish. There's been schoolies in the 3 - 5 lb range, quite a few gaffers up to 15 lbs, and a couple slammers over 20 lbs. The Redfish caught the biggest dolphin on the dock of the year so far with a 47 lb Bull last week! The dolphin (mahi) fishing should only get better as we get into May. There's also been some tasty tripletail around the debris. The blackfin tuna have been showing up on the Humps lately, mainly footballs in the 3 - 7 lb range, but a few over 15 lbs. There's been some nice amberjack as well as some big sharks around the humps too. We are still seeing the occassional wahoo caught trolling as well. Way offshore I did quite a bit of swordfishing the last 10 days. We had one day with 3 fish, a couple days with 2 fish, and a couple days with 0 fish. The biggest was 135 lbs. Capt. Charlie on the Bn'M swordfished yesterday and they had 3 fish as well. We are hosting 2 fishing tournaments next month, the Gotta Luv Them Dolphin Tournament on May 16 and the Pelagic Triple Crown Memorial Day Classic on May 25th. Call the office at 1 800 742 7945 if you'd like to book a charter boat, (or bring your own boat), and you can have some fun fishing and a chance at winning some $$$!

Tight Lines,

Capt. Nick Stanczyk


4/18/15 April tarpon season in full swing

The past week tarpon fishing season was in full swing in Islamorada.  The previous week with the early morning weaker falling tide we had some trouble with finding and catching mullet.  Even the guys who catch and sell live bait in the mornings were having trouble finding them.  Tarpon were still caught fairly good however though we were fishing some other baits such as crabs, pinfish, and dead bait.  The last week things changed mullet have been showing up good in the mornings making for easier bait catching, and easier more prouctive fishing.  Locally the tarpon fishing has been very good, you have not had to run very far to find hungry schools of fish.  Capt. Jeff Beeler, Capt. Dave Morris, Capt. John Johansen, Capt. Dave Sisung, Capt. Mike Venezia, Capt. Rick Stanczyk, Capt. Chris Daly, Capt. Skip Nielsen, Capt. Mike Bassett, Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti, and more have all reported good local tarpon fishing.  Both mornings and evenings have been productive.  Capt. Dave Morris had Pat Purcell the Boston Herald president out and he along with Britta Schulze both landed a nice tarpon.  Capt. John Johansen had Shawn land a large tarpon with him.  Capt. Bill Bassett reported good fly fishing conditions with his long time customer Charlie Owens.  They landed a big 120 lb fish after a 2 hour battle on the fly a couple days ago.  Elsewhere in the backcountry fishing has been good too.  Capt. Clyde Upchurch reported a good snook bite several days fishing around the islands along with nice snappers and trout for dinner.  Tarpon however is the main objective for most angler this time of year.  The fishing has been hot.  If your down in the area and looking to go short notice, the evening is often a great time to go and many guides that are booked solid during the days may be available for an evening.  Call our office to set something up 305-664-2461.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


4/10/15 April Islamorada Backcountry Fishing Report

Been super busy and had some work done at the house so I lost my office for 10 days and didn't have time to do an update.  Anyways fishing has been pretty good overall in the backcountry of Islamorada this April.  It's been very windy the last week and being early April most guys are doing the tarpon thing.  That is in full swing right now and the fish don't seem to mind the wind especially for the bait fisherman.  There has been good schools of fish in the local channels, around the bridges, in the backcountry, and even plenty moving around in the 'fly fishing lanes.'  Mullet has been the bait of choice and before the full moon they were very plentiful.  The last few days bait has been a little tougher - not seeing so many of the big giant 'balls' of baits we see around locally.  But hopefully they will return soon.  Capt. Skip Nielsen, Capt. Jeff Beeler, Capt. Rick Stanczyk, Capt. Bill Bassett, Capt. John Johansen, Capt. Mike Venezia, Capt. Mike Bassett, Capt. Chris Daly, and more have all reported their share of good tarpon fishing in the last week.  Capt. Bill did report getting a nice fish on fly yesterday afternoon.  Capt. Rick had a great day the other day with multiple tarpon and a 30 lb cobia.  Capt. Mike Venezia had some nice reds a little over a week ago back in the flamingo area.  Capt. Mike Bassett got a couple nice snook yesterday.  Capt. Dave Sisung reported a nice tarpon today and got a few cobia off a big nurse shark, plus some snappers for dinner.  Anyways spring is here and for the most part that means big fish.  Guides are starting to do night trips on a regular basis.  If your looking to catch the 'silver king' now is the time and we can often set something up short notice with the evenings available now.  That is a great time to go.  We also work with Grey's Taxidermy if you decide you want to save that trophy fish on your wall for a lifetime (there is not need to kill a fish for this either!)  

Capt. Rick Stanczyk