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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2/8/16 February Backcountry Fishing Report Islamorada

Well the winter weather continues we've just been hit by another hard cold front and had a couple nasty days with 30+mph winds.  Today things got nice but it was a cold morning though beautiful and sunny right now this afternoon.  Things look to stay on the chilly side with lows in the mid 50s through until the weekend.  Fishing has been pretty good still overall however.  Capt. Mike Venezia has had some decent action in the everglades with drums and snooks.  It hasn't been the red hot bite that we had on the right days in January, but more of a pick of fish and sometimes you get in a good spot that may hold several.  Though still lots of fun and Capt. Mike has been adventuring into some very creeks that not many have travelled into!  He also had a good day a week ago fishing the patches catching some dinner and they caught some nice blacktips plus a bonefish to start it off in the morning.  Capt. Jim Willcox has been plugging away deep in the everglades at redfish and snook.  Though some of the deeper areas have not been consistent as there has been some nasty water so you really have to work at it some days to find fish.  I went out with Capt. Bill Basset Saturday and it was not easy fishing either we caught a few nice reds and it was hard work.  Though that was the day of the swamp guides ball and many reported that fishing was not easy.  Though Capt. Bill reported a nice day this morning fishing the patches and catching plenty for dinner snappers, porgies, etc... as did Capt. Chris Daly.  Capt. Vic Gaspeny had a mix of snappers and got a couple keeper hogfish this morning too.  I myself last week had some good action in the gulf we caught plenty of mackerels on several different days.  Capt. Mike Bassett also had some good mackerel days alongside me.  There were also some jumbo mangrove snappers on one wreck we were catching on pinfish, nice 15-18 inch fish real drag pullers!  We had great triple tail fishing too, not a lot of large ones but lots of them and caught probably 10 or more each day we went.  One day we also caught two nice size goliath groupers up to 150 lbs, and a big old tiger shark that was over 300 lbs!  It was pretty incredible on the lighter spinning rods we use for smaller 30-80 lb tarpon.  I myself am going out of town for a week or so but as I said we look to stay in the winter mode for another week or so.  Tarpon fishing will probably have to wait until it gets consistently warm which may not happen for a few more weeks we will see, but there are plenty of other things to do as you can see.  Give us a call if you are in the area fishing is plenty good and there are lots of things to catch!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


1/31/16 End of January Offshore fishing report

The offshore fishing in Islamorada in January 2016 came to an end today. The past ten days the sailfish bite has been mediocre. Most of the boats that put the time in for them have been had 1-3 bites per trip. Catching and releasing them can be a different story. A few days were definitely tough on the sails, but hopefully we get another push of them here in February. On February 3rd the Poor Girls Sailfish tournament takes place, so if you're a lady and want to get some friends together and book a last minute charter for a fun and relaxed tournament give the marina office a call within the next couple days and we might be able to get you on a charter boat. 

We had a couple days where the winds were lighter and the sun was out and the boats found some nice schools of cobia. Today there were fish up to 45 lbs caught. 

The snapper bite on the reef has been very good the past couple days. The Miss Islamorada party boat had 200 yellowtail snapper today! We've seen some beautiful mutton snapper on the edge of the reef and around the wrecks pushing 18 lbs too! Further outside the reef in 300 - 400' of water a couple boats have caught some tasty yelloweye snapper, vermillion snapper, and rose porgy. 

There's been a decent bite of king mackerel around the reef and wrecks too. Give the office a call at 305 664 2461 to book your next fishing adventure and let one of our captains show you a great day on the water. 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 


1/28/16 Late January Backcountry Fishing Report Islamorada

January is winding down to a close finally and we are still in the midst of the cold weather cycle.  Over the weekend temperatures will be dropping again not so severly as last time but will be getting down to 60 or so.  Today and yesterday things really warmed back up from the previous front with winds going hard out of the south, however it brought a lot of moisture and we've been getting some rain today though yesterday it stayed far to the north of us over the mainland.  The conditions this weekend should be very good with a weaker front hitting us, however I'm sure the crowds will be out to enjoy the weather as well, it's been very busy in the backcountry the last couple weeks that is for sure!  Fishing has been decent overall if you get lucky following the fronts the everglades backcountry fishing has been red hot, and on the colder not so nice days it's been a slower pick of fish.  The ideal conditions have usually been a few days after a cold front has dropped the temperatures, when things get nice again and the water temperature creeps up a few degrees.  I had Pride and his wife Cile Scanlan out who have fished Bud n Marys several times the past few years.  We got them out on a very cold morning into the backcountry immediatly following the last front.  Fishing wasn't easy though we picked away, Cile caught her first snook and Pride caught his first goliath grouper (which was funny because he had just finished asking me several questions about them literally a few minutes before he caught it!).  They also caught a few drum and a sheepshead, and quite a few catfish though we don't like to brag about those.  A couple days later we fished a morning half day and fishing was much more productive on the catching end, we went into the gulf and caught about 20 mackerels for a great morning trip.  Capt. Mike Venezia got out into the backcountry a couple days after that last cold front, and it was a totally different ball game.  The winds laid out, the sun came out, and he reported the drum bit very well and he got a few snook as well as sheepshead and a tripletail.  Capt. Jim Willcox on Tuesday reported a good day fishing way deep in the everglades.  He said the deeper canals we usually fish were loaded with boats, so he went further and deeper.  They got into some redfish, snook, and even got a baby tarpon, plus some nice trout in the afternoon.  Capt. Jeff Beeler reported yesterday a decent bite he said a they caught some drum and snook though had to work hard at it and keep moving, a few spots were decent and some didn't have much.  Anyways we look to be staying in winter time mode at least through into early next week.  If things stay warm you can usually expect a few tarpon to start showing up at some point in February, though may not get real consistent until later in March.  The gulf/mackerel fishing should stay good especially if things are on the cooler end.  The patch fishing has been OK though the water has been muddy due to the hard winds which have been changing directions often, which porgies and hogfish are not fans of though the snappers, jacks, and other species dont seem to mind as much.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


1/21/16 January Backcountry Fishing in Islamorada

Well winter continues to hit us, and hit us hard!  We've had several solid cold fronts now and look to be getting another one this weekend.  Temperatures in the everglades waters have dropped down to the mid 50s on some days!  However luckily it has not really slowed the fishing down too much, if you are in the right areas and fishing for the right things.  The deeper channels, moats, and canals have been very good as of late.  Capt. Rick Stanczyk reported epic fishing for snook, redfish, and black drum the last several days he was back there.  Capt. Perry Scuderi had a great day today back there, as did Capt. Jeff Beeler.  Capt. Bill Bassett also reported great fishing even during the last front several days ago, with it blowing 30 mph out of the northwest.  Capt. Chris Daly also had a great day yesterday with snook and drum.  I have not heard any reported from the gulf as it has been rough many days so boats especially the smaller skiffs have not been out there for the mackerels, though I imagine during the times when the temperatures creep back up near 70 it should be pretty good.  The patch reefs have been very good overall too.  Once the winds have laid down and the water has cleared up the porgies and hogfish have been biting good, otherwise there has been plenty of snapper action with a variety of other things mixed in.  Capt. Skip Nielsen had a great day out there catching quite a few black grouper, even some on fly.  Look for things to get a little nasty this weekend but hopefully still fishable, but after things calm down the backcountry should light up again as early as next week.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


1/19/16 Mid January Deep Sea Fishing Report 

We've had our first real cold fronts this winter the past week here in Islamorada. This morning temperature was 57 degrees. Last Friday and Saturday was the Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament. The first day the weather was awful with lots of rain, a strong south wind, and even some lightning in the storms. It was a very tough bite the first day, with half the boats never catching a fish! However the second day was better with the fishing and the weather. The Wet Dream/Catch 22/Hey Papa team didn't get a sailfish bite the first day, but the second day they caught and released 6 sailfish, which tied them for 1st place, but gave them a 2nd place finish because the other boat released their last fish first. Congrats to all the winners!!! 


The sailfish bite has been fair overall, some days almost all the boats get in on the action with alteast a couple shots, but yesterday was very slow and no boats released a sailfish. It will always be "fishing", so don't think that anything is a guarantee. The king mackerel bite has been improving, with a few big "smokers" over 30 lbs hanging up. There's still been a couple wahoo around, but they are more of what I consider a "bonus" fish. Sure we had a great couple days on them about ten days ago, but everything lined up right with the blue water and current on the edge of the reef. Conditions and water color change on a daily basis and you need to keep that in mind. 


On the wrecks we've still seen a couple african pompano caught as well as some nice mutton snapper and amberjack. The boats anchoring down have been catching plenty of fish for dinner including yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper, porgy, yellowjack, and a couple hogfish. I think once the wind settles we'll see some more cobias caught as well. I went offshore 20 miles one day and did some "deep dropping" in 650' of water. We caught a handful of gorgeous queen snapper and also ran to the hump and caught a handful of "football" blackfin tunas.


Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 to book your next Islamorada fishing adventure

Capt. Nick Stanczyk