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!


7/30/15 Deep Sea fishing report for end of July 2015

It's still busy here deep sea fishing in Islamorada for July. The majority of the boats have been fishing offshore most days, and a couple boats have been staying on the reef on their half day charters. The mahi bite was a little on and off the past week, but the last few days we saw a handful of great catches. Most of the boats have had 10 - 25 fish on their full day charters, but a few boats struggles some days and only had a couple mahi. We've had some very calm weather the last few days and I think once the wind goes back around and starts blowing from the east we'll see some more big numbers of them. There's been fish of all sizes, but mostly 3 - 15 lbs. I did see a few "slammers" on the dock each day between 20 and 35 lbs as well. There's been a few blackfin tuna on the humps as well as skipjacks. On the floating debris and weed patches there's been a handful of tripletail as well as a couple wahoo.

Back on the reef the boats have been doing decent with mangrove snapper and the yellowtail snapper bite has been mediocre. There's been some big bull sharks from 200 - 300 lbs on the reef, so if you want to catch something big that pulls back, there's something you should consider fishing for. I made it out on a few daytime swordfishing trips the past week. We had John from Texas out on the Catch 22 one day and he landed a monster sword! Weighing in at 451.5 lbs! The next day Robert landed a 300 lb big eye thresher shark that we released. The following trip we lost a couple swordfish near the boat, but that's why it's called fishing.

August is still a greath month to try for mahi and blackfin tuna here, so give us a call at 305 664 2461 and let us set you up on a great boat at the marina! There should be some big sharks on the humps this fall too.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Nick Stanczyk



7/19/15 Mid July Offshore Fishing Report Islamorada

July is moving right along and we are past the half way mark fishing in Islamorada in July 2015! The weather turned really nice the last few days with calm winds, but unfortunately we've seen some tough fishing! Since the middle of last week the mahi bite slowed down, but I think it will pick back up as soon as we get a little more wind. Today was better than the last few days, but it wasn't easy by any means. Today the boats averaged 8 - 18 fish. Most of the fish have been from 3 - 15 lbs, with a few slammers amongst the fleet in the 20 - 35 lb range. Late this afternoon the Reel McCoy was running home and they found a big bull and put a 42 lber on the dock! So you just never know when you're gonna get that Slammer! Some boats did decent last week with 10 - 15 fish, but many boats had anywhere from 2 - 5 fish. On the hump there's been quite a few skipjack tuna with a few blackfin tuna mixed in. A few boats have deep dropped (deep water bottom fished) and caught some barrelfish and blackbelly rosefish. Back on the reef there's been yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper, and mutton snapper. The Hey Papa found a some permit one day and released a couple. I swordfished a couple trips the last week and we tagged and released one juvenile broadbill swordfish yesterday, and the trip before that was slow with no bites. I think the mahi and tuna will turn back on soon, and either way our boats will give it 100% each day! Give us a call in the marina office at 1 800 742 7945 to try your luck fishing! The Miss Islamorada Party boat has been doing very well lately, and they've had over 200 yellowtail on multple trips this week!

Tight Lines,

Capt. Nick Stanczyk



7/16/15 Mid July Backcountry Fishing Report for Islamorada

Summer time continues to be in full swing.  We've had nice weather with light southwesterly winds, a few days it was blowing a little more, though not bad at all.  Traditional summe time conditions with some scattered showers on and off.  Fishing has been good overall there are still some decent numbers of tarpon around especially in the everglades.  Fishing locally for them around Islamorada has still been OK too if you time it right, that usually means early in the morning or later in the evening.  Snook fishing in the 'glades has been good too and some big lunkers have been showing up off the mainland beaches and shorelines.  Capt. Bill Bassett has reported some tarpon action as well as sharks mixed in.  He also caught a large 'mud marlin' today.  Capt. Jim Willcox has been having some success with snook off the beaches, they also had some nice size trout and some blacktip sharks today.  Capt. Rick Stanczyk has reported consistent tarpon action every day with a variety of sharks mixed in including some juvenile hammerheads.  His anglers also landed nice cobia two days in a row, and a couple large 15 lb snooks the other day.  Capt. John Johansen has also reported consistent tarpon action with sharks mixed in.  Capt. Perry Scuderi caught a monster 24 lb snook a few days ago, one of the largest we've seen caught down here.  He also tangled with a big 'mud marlin' in the backcountry that day.  Capt. Jeff Beeler reported good fishing for juvenile tarpon yesterday on artificials.  Snapper action has been good too Capt. Gunner Guthrie and Capt. Sid Bryant reported some nice snappers today for the dinner box.  The forecast looks to stay nice through the weekend with the wind swinging slightly more east which should be a good thing.  Come on down and let's get out fishing, give us a call to set up your trip now at 1-800-742-7945!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


7/11/15 Islamorada Deep Sea Fishing Report

It has been Mahi Madness the past week here fishing in Islamorada! It has been very consistent fishing for almost all the boats every day! The offshore boats have been averaging from 20 - 40 fish, and all different sizes. There's been some small "shakers" that we have been letting go, but most of the fish are big "schoolies'' and "gaffers". They have been averaging 5 - 15 lbs, and we've seen a few nice "slammers" on the dock each day as well. Capt. Joey on the Fearless charter boat weighed a true Monster bull in this week, tipping the scales at 56.5 lbs! That's the biggest one on the dock so far this year at Bud n' Mary's, and his personal best, so CONGRATS to you and your angler! Great Job! We've seen some "slammer" mahi from 25 - 40 lbs each day spread out amongst the fleet. There's been a few blackfins and skipjacks around the humps, as well as a couple sharks and amberjacks. The reef bite has been very good for yellowtail snapper, with the Miss Islamorada limiting out on a few of there charters. The mangrove snappers are biting good if you can find them, and there's still a couple mutton snappers around. Out further I've been doing quite a bit of swordfishing. The bite has been pretty steady, averaging from 1 - 3 bites per trip. You just have to make them (or one of them) count in order to have a successful day. We've caught between one and two on most of our trips lately, although One trip we lost 2 and another trip the Catch 22 lost two as well. We've tagged and released a handful of the fish, and kept some for dinner , the biggest being to 140 lbs. We have been using GrayFishTag research tags on some of the releases, so hopefully someone else will catch them one day and we can see how much they grew and where they wound up going.  Give us a call in the office to get in on the mahi action at 305 664 2461 and we'll set you up with a great boat.

Capt. Nick Stanczyk



7/9/15 July Backcountry Fishing Report in Islamorada

We are in July boy how time flies.  I was out of town but fished the last couple days.  Yesterday the winds cranked up again and today it did the same, blowing a good 20 mph.  At least it is keeping the heat down!  Yesterday my anglers wanted goliath groupers and we did that out in the gulf, catching 4 goliaths between 40 and 100 lbs!  The day before tarpon fishing in the everglades was good we caught multiple tarpon.  Today a little slower for us but we got my single angler one and he was very happy with a trophy fish, we fished a 3/4 day!  Capt. Bill Bassett reported a little better fishing right after we left he ended up catching multiple tarpon fishing his his boys.  Capt. Chris Daly reported a big snook for his young angler of 20 lbs or better.  Capt. Jim Willcox reported several medium size snook fishing artificials back around cape sable.  There has been a few tripletail around free floating off the beaches while tarpon fishing, Capt. John Johansen had some nice tripletails last week for the dinner box.  He has reported steady shark and tarpon action as well.  Capt. Jeff Beeler had some sharks and tarpon yesterday too as well as Capt. Mike Venezia with some tarpon last week.  The winds look to be settling down by the weekend (hopefully).  There are still plenty of tarpon around though often it is requiring a longer run into the everglades so sometimes tough to do on the half days.  Though plenty of other stuff to catch too!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk