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:
bnmfm@budnmarys.com.

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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!

Monday
Mar022015

3/2/15 early March Offshore/Reef fishing report 

This Islamorada Fishing Report is going to cover the last week and a half in February and the first couple days of March so far. I was out of town quite a bit lately, hence the delayed report. About 10 days ago we had the coldest day of winter here, with temperatures in the mid 40's one day! The cold snap didn't last too long, and within a couple days we were back up in the 70's. There was a decent bite of sailfish with the cold weather, quite a few boats had releases, with some boats having as many as 3 or 4. The bite has been a little spotty the past few days here, but there's still a few around. Today the Kalex and Reel McCoy each released a sail, and yesterday the Relentless had 4 releases, but he was the only boat to score on the sails yesterday. I think the next week we will see a few here and there each day, but if they aren't biting, don't be afraid to do something different to try to catch some fish!

Sailfish on the leader on the Cloud Nine last week

2 sailfish releases plus some other fish on the Man O War

Some of the days we saw an usual amount of mahi around (for this time of year), with some boats having 10 - 15 fish, and many of the boats having a handful. I just saw a couple hanging up today, but I think we will see them here and there this month. I wouldn't make them your priority, but they might be an option some days. March is an interesting month here with usually a little bit of everything, and with the changing coditions you don't know what will bite day to day. There's still some schools of cobias passing through, and if you find the right pack of fish there's been some in the 25 - 50 lb range. We hit a couple schools of small fish today, which were still fun to catch and release. For other dinner fish there's been yellowtail snapper, a few mutton snapper, porgy, and cero mackerel.

Mahi, snapper, and porgy for dinner on the Bn'M II

Even though you can't keep them for dinner now, Black Grouper are a tremendous fight and a great looking fish

 

Cobia caught and released on Bn'M II today

 

There's also been some big barracudas on the reef, which are always fun to catch! The black groupers are still around, but they are catch and release till May 1st. The Gon Fishin V had a couple days of good deep dropping out in 400 - 600' of water last week with the calm weather. They had porgy, tilfish, and a couple monster yellowedge grouper! Further offshore there's been some "football" size blackfin tunas on the humps and the amberjacks are starting to show up. We should start seeing some big 40+ lb "donkeys" soon.

Monster Yellowedge grouper, a couple other yellowedge, tilfish, porgy, and a sailfish for Gon Fishin V last week

Amberjack from the Bn'M II while wreck fishing

Overall this time of year you want to keep an open mind and fish for what's biting to have the best day possible! It's gonna be a busy spring here at Bud n' Mary's, so give the office a call at 305 664 2461 to book a boat soon! I also attended one of George Poveromos National Saltwater Seminars in Port St Lucie last Saturday and it was a great event! Over 650 people attended! Always nice to meet people in the industry as well as people that want to learn and even get out fishing with you!

The group of guest speakers and George Poveromo for his National Seminar Series

660 people crowded the room to spend the day learning fishing tricks from various captains and fisher people

 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

 

 

Thursday
Feb262015

2/26/15 Late February Backcountry Fishing Report

Just got back in town last night and fished a full day today.  Was out of town for a week, we did miss some of the coldest weather we've had here in the Keys probably since the 'cold freeze' of 2010.  A couple nights that dipped down into the 40s, brrr!  Though right afterwards there was several slick calm gorgeous days where things warmed up and fishing got very good.  Capt. Mike Venezia reported good patch reef fishing during the cold spell with porgy, hogfish, snapper, and grouper action.  When things slicked off after the cold Capt. Skip Nielsen had very good permit fishing, he reported catching multiple permit out on the patches with customers Randy Soth, Peter Aiello, Matt Crawford, and his wife Cyd.  Capt. John Johansen also reported good permit fishing during that window of time.  Capt. Jeff Beeler had some very good fly tarpon fishing they had 5 bites and landed a couple back in the everglades.  Capt. Bill Bassett reported good tarpon action at the bridges down south as well, they had 3 fish in the air one day.  Capt. Mike Bassett reported a good mackerel bite in the gulf, and had some decent snook and drum action back in the everglades one day as well.  Today we fished in the backcountry and around town here, the wind kicked up hard out of the southwest - not ideal conditons for much.  Though we found a good school of mullet and were able to catch plenty.  We had good shark action in the back, found some muds with ladyfish and jacks to bend the light rods, caught a black drum fishing the mangrove edges, and finished the day around town with a 'mud marlin' and a 90 lb tarpon.  Looks like winds are suppose to go back to the north/northeast the nexts couple days, but it shouldn't get very cold.  This should be better for the backcountry and patch reefs though probably not great for early season tarpon fishing.  Though as the wind goes more east that should get better too!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

Tuesday
Feb172015

2/17/15 February Florida Keys Fishing Report Backcountry

Old man winter refuses to leave us alone though that hasn't stopped anglers from enjoying the wonderful backcountry fishing here in Islamorada.  We had one the coldest days in years here recently last Saturday, and tomorrow and thursday temperatures look to drop down again even further!  The last couple days winds were southeasterly making for some rougher conditions offshore but fairly nice in the backcountry.  Overall the fishing has been pretty good considering.  Some of the backcountry fishing in the everglades has actually gotten a little better with the latest cold blast.  Several captains reported a decent snook bite as well as some drum and sheepshead mixed in this past week.  Capt. Rick Stanczyk had quite a few snook plus some black drum and big trout to make for a good day Saturday with water tempeatures in the low 60s to start the day.  Capt. Jim Willcox had similar action as well that day including a nice big snook.  Fish were feeding on shrimp in the deeper mainland canals trying to stay warm, worked very slowly on a jig.  Today Capt. Jeff Beeler reported a good all around bite with similar fish in the everglades.  The last couple days Capt. John Johansen reported a decent spanish mackerel bite further out on the edge of the gulf of mexico.  Capt. Mike Venezia and Capt. Mike Bassett yesterday reported hot mackerel fishing as well as some pompano close by in the bayside of islamorada.  The patch reef fishing has still been pretty hot too when you can get out there.  With winds swinging around back from the north it will likely be a good half day option.  Capt. Rick Stanczyk and Capt. Dave Morris reported catching their limits of hogfish a couple days ago on Sunday on a beautiful morning with light northerly winds.  Capt. Mike Venezia has reported good patch actoin as well with snapper, grouper, porgy, and hogfish.  Well the forecast through the weekend doesn't look real pretty it will be getting cold and likely windy, however the great thing about backcountry fishing is you can always find somewhere to hide and fish!  The everglades action will hopefully continue to stay good as the fish seem to be use to the cold now and the drop in temperatures may not shut things down.  It will be good patch fishing conditons for those not wanting to run for miles in the cold and wind, and for those tough enough to brave it the everglades should provide a good santuary plus good fishing in the cold.  Tarpon fishing will likely stay slow through next week, if the fronts continue to roll through.  This however should help out our fishery in the later spring/early summer as it often holds the migration back making for more fish later in the year.  Give us a call if your looking to get out fishing at 305-664-2461!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

Tuesday
Feb172015

2/17/15 Deep Sea fishing report for Mid February

It was a cold week for us here in Islamorada. We had temperatures in the low 50's a couple days, but it finally started to warm up yesterday. Most of our deep sea fishing boats have been out on charters the last few days fishing here in Islamorada. Not everyday has been easy fishing, but there's been a handful of real quality fish caught, and still enough fish for some action as well as for dinner! Cobia have been the prized target the last week here. The boats haven't found them every day, but the boats that are patient and put their time in looking for them have had some real nice fish. Some have been "pups" which we release, and some have been big 30 - 50 lbers! It can be hours or boredom looking, but if you find the right school it can get crazy!

Cloud nine with some whopper cobias

A lot of boats have hit the reef lately with both live and dead bait. The boats bottom fishing have had yellowtail snapper, mutton snapper, a couple amberjack, hogfish, plenty of grouper to catch and release (shallow water grouper season is closed till May 1st). On the surface with live bait there's been a good amount of king mackerel, some cero mackerel, barracuda, the occasional sailfish, a couple stray mahi, and the occasional blackfin tuna. A lot of boats have also been going out a little deep for deep dropp bottom fishing too.

Catch 22 with some beautiful mutton snapper and a rack of kingfish

A beautiful Juvenile african pompano caught and released on the patch reefs

Big barracuda caught and released

Reel McCoy with kingfish on the reef and then offshore they found vermillion snapper and a snowy grouper

The boats that have hit the depths of 300 - 600' of water lately have had lots of vermillion snapper, snowy and yellowedge grouper (which are both open to harvest, unlike the reef species of grouper), tilefish, rose porgy, and some jacks. We caught a monter 28.5 lb yellowdge grouper the other day which was a great suprise.

Giant 28.5 lb yellowedge grouper on the Bn'M II

 

Great day of deep dropping with tilefish, porgy, yellowedge grouper, and then a pair of big cobia on the way in

Big delicious blueline tilefish on the Man O War

Bunch of vermillion snapper on the Fearless

I made it out on a daytime swordfish trip yesterday. It was a rough ride out 25 miles with 17 - 20 knots winds in our face. We fished for a few hours with no luck, and I was losing confidence. But sure enough around 1 pm we hooked up and after 25 minutes Zach had a 103 lb broadbill swordfish boatside. It made the ride out there worth it! It's not prime time for swords, but there's still a couple around.

 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk and young Zach pose with Zach's first swordfish

Give the marina a call when you've seen enough fishing pictures and decide you want to be the person in the picture next to the fish! We'll set you up with a great charter boat! 305 664 2461.

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

Wednesday
Feb112015

2/11/15 February Offshore Fishing Report

It's a little chilly here in Islamorada right now. We had another cold front pass through last night. We woke up with temperatures in the low 60's this morning. The Islamorada Offshore charter boats have been fishing a fair amount lately, but the next couple weeks are a great time to beat the Spring Break crowds that we get in March. The sailfish bite has pretty much been the same story the last month. If you are patient and put your time in, most days you're getting a shot or two, but some days they remain elusive. A few boats have done better, like the Relentless who caught 4 fish on Monday, to win the Islamorada Bartenders Sailfish Open. Congrats!

Team Relentless were bartender sailfish tournament champs!

Sailfish action shot aboard the Buzz On

It's been a good year for king mackerel here in the Florida Keys. Some people like to eat them grilled, but my favorite way is smoked. We've had lots of fish in the 5 - 15 lb range, with the occasion "smoker" king in the 25 - 40 lb range.

25 lb kingfish on the Bn'M II

We've seen a couple blackfin tuna still around, with the occasional mahi as well. There's still been some nice mutton snapper while fishing the reef and the wrecks, as well as some amberjack and a couple big african pompano.

Nice mutton snapper for this lady on the Man O War

Monster 36 lb african pompano caught aboard the Bn'M while wreck fishing

There was a few cobia caught yesterday, and with this cold weather I think we'll see another good push of them this week. I expect more cobia to move out of the gulf of Mexico to the warmer waters near the reef on the Atlantic side. We recently had the "Wounded Warriors" fishing with us again. It's always an honor to them out on the water and show them a good time. They are true heroes. They caught some great fish here too!

Nice black grouper caught and released on the Miss Islamorada

Big Amberjack caught on the Wounded Warrior trip on the Miss Islamorada

A few boats have been going "deep dropping" for snapper, tilefish, and grouper (snowy and yellowedge grouper are open for harvest unlike the shallow water groupers). It's a great way to catch dinner and almost all the fish in the 400 - 700' zone of water are great eating! We've had a few sharks around the reef to catch as well as some barracuda too. I made it out swordfishing on one trip and we managed to catch and release 2 juvenile broadbills. It's not my favorite time for them, but there's still some fish around, and if the weather allows and you want to take a gamble and try your luck, you always have a shot off Islamorad for a daytime swordfish!

Barracuda caught and released on the Bn'M

Swordfish release on the Bn'M II

 

Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book your next fishing adventure in Islamorada!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk