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!


9/21/16 Mid September Deep Sea Fishing Report

We've had some super calm weather the past week here fishing in Islamorada in September. The week before was rough with strong winds, but it looks like it's going to be super nice the rest of this week. The strongest bite of fish we have had has been the Blackfin tuna bite on the humps. The sharks were thick some of the days and ate a lot of the tunas, but the past week they have been much more "catchable". We have trolled for them as well as "live chummed" with pilchards. The blackfins have averaged 5- 10 lbs with a handful of 10 - 20 lbers in the mix. There's also been plenty of skipjack tunas in the mix. 


The mahi bite has been hit and miss the last week, but the week before there was a big push of fish. Floating debris has been the ticket the last couple days, so if you come across that one piece of debris you could make your entire day in one stop. I think the next couple weeks we will some some fish as well, but you'll have to put your time in and it won't be every day. Last weekend Andrew took home "Top Junior Angler" in the Mako "Funament" tournament while fishing aboard the Indigenous, Congrats! 


Other fish caught offshore recently have included big dusky sharks on the humps, a couple amberjacks, a wahoo, and tripletail. Deep Dropping has produced some barrelfish, blackbelly rosefish, and we should see a few more queen snapper each week too.


Back on the reef the yellowtail snapper bite has been very steady and there's still a couple mutton and mangrove snapper mixed in. The king mackerel have been showing up on the reef and wrecks as well, and there's a few grouper around, most have been undersize but still fun to catch. There's also some barracuda around and we saw some really nice cero mackerel moving in on the patch reefs. 


Way offshore the swordfish bite picked up the past few days. We caught one fish on each of our last 3 trips and the Catch 22 caught one his last trip. It was slow the week before with no fish on a few trips, but I think the Fall push of fish is here, so if swordfish is on your bucket list take advantage of this nice weather and give it a shot! 


Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book you're next fishing trip and don't forget we have discounted rates for our hotel rooms and houseboats this time of year! 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 



9/19/16 September backcountry fishing in the Florida Keys

September is going by quick though we are still getting out on the water a fair bit.  A handful of guides have been fishing just about every day which is nice to see and that is nice to have this time of year.  The last week we had an incredible tarpon bite for several days.  We had multiple tarpon landed 3 days in a row when we were fishing for them.  It was some of the best fishing I had seen all year with fish just about every where you looked and they were also happy for the most part on the start of the incoming tide.  Today we were not fishing for them but did see a handful while we were running around.  We got into some snook and redfish today it wasn't red hot but one spot we caught plenty of fish and then picked a handful of snook in a couple other areas.  Nice size reds they were great to see!  Capt. Bill Bassett had some good fishing back there a couple days ago too reported plenty of redfish and some snook.  Capt. Jim Willcox has been back there some as well and reported some nice snook, a few reds, and nice size  jack crevelles.  Capt. John Johansen had some good snapper fishing on half day trips the last week which he said they got plenty of fish for dinner.  We also had some good trout and snapper fishing a couple days ago on  a half day, lots of nice size trout.  Capt.  Mike Venezia reported some nice size snook over the weekend he was fishing the Herman Lucerne tournament, it was a busy weekend with lots of boats in that.  Capt. Mike Bassett reported some good action on the pathch reefs the other day, some nice mangrove snappers and a few porgies and couple hogfish.  I'll be out of town for a week or so here, but October is right around the corner and that is usually the start of our fall bait run which can lead to tremendous backcountry fishing!  

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


9/10/16 September Backcountry Fishing Report Islamorada

September is here and we are officially in our 'off season' as business has slowed down and things are quiet for a little while around town.  It's a much needed break for the locals as our busy season seems to have gotten longer and longer the last several years and gives everyone a chance to catch up on things.  When I say off season though I'm really just talking about business as fishing can be good all year round here.  September however is not necessairly great for anything in particular, but you can have a shot at catching just about anything really.  I've been on vacation and just got back to fishing yesterday after a couple weeks off.  We had a great day and landed multiple tarpon in the backcountry as well as a variety of sharks, and also got a nice snook casting artificials on the shoreline.  It wasn't easy conditions as the winds had kicked up tremendously the last couple days, it was blowing 20 out of the north in the morning and then 30+ out of the east in the afternoon.  With the northerly winds in the morning, we had a small taste of the fall bait run it seemed.  I saw tons of mullet around in many of the backcountry areas, however not the craziness of them getting busted by all kinds of fish everywhere, but that will be happening soon I think perhaps in October.  Capt. Bill Bassett had also fished and reported a handful of snook, some snappers for dinner, and some sharks as well.  He also said they had some nice snappers and porgies out on the patch reefs one day last week.  Capt. Mike Bassett had a good catch of snappers too yesterday.  Capt. John Johansen had fished some half days the last week and mostly been getting into the snappers as well, plus caught a few bonefish in the muds too.  Capt. Jim Willcox had some snook and jack crevelles the other day fishing deeper in the everglades.  

What I will say about this time of year which I've said before is it's really a new adventure every day.  Nobody is fishing consistently so you really don't have that day to day knowledge of right where to be and when to be there.  It can be kind of a crap shoot and you have to just make a plan based on conditions and go for it, if things work out great and if not hopefully you are able to go to plan B and still make your day.  However the plus side is there is very little pressure on our fishery and you do have the place to yourself, which means you can likely get to the good fishing spots your captain wants to goto without worrying about someone beating you there.  It's also generally good fishing conditions with calm winds (though as reported that wasn't the case recently).  When it all comes down to it though fishing is fishing - there are no guarantees no matter how well you were doing the day before or even the hour before! 

Anyways there are plenty of guides ready to go fishing if you are in the area and wanting to bend the rod.  Drop us a line if you want to.  We are more than happy to let you know whats been happening, how the weather looks, and show you a good time!  305-664-2461

Capt. Rick Stanczyk




9/7/16 Offshore fishing report for early September 2016

If you fished down here last weekend at Bud n' Mary's Marina you might have got in on the EPIC sailfish bite!!! It was an unheard of bite of fish for this time of year, but the conditions lined up right with the current, water color, depth, and a little bit of wind. Hundreds of sailfish were "tailing" down the color change/current edge and boats were mostly sight fishing them, and some boats slow trolled some. We usually see this condition in the spring time, but for some unknown reason it just happend a few days ago in Islamorada. A lot of boats had between 4 - 10 fish a couple days in a row, and the Catch 22 and Buzz On each had a day with 21 releases!!! Sure enough the condition faded away after a couple days, but it sure was a nice suprise to see! 


Offshore the mahi bite has still been hit and miss. The Reel McCoy found some gaffers and schoolies yesterday, so hopefully as well work our way towards the next full moon we see another push of fish. The tuna bite has been decent most days on the humps, although a couple days they didn't cooperate. It's been a mix of blackfin tuna and skipjack tuna. There's also been plenty of big sharks feasting on them, so if you want to pull on something big consider that. 


On the edge of the reef and the wrecks we've seen a few mutton snapper, yellowtail snapper (when current is right direction), some mangrove snapper, cero mackerel, and a few big kingfish showing up. 


Way offshore I had 2 swordfish bites my last trip and we landed one about 95 lbs. These next few months are prime time for swordfish and we have a number of boats that can get you out there to try your luck. Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 if you'd like to book a fishing trip of any type! 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 

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8/26/16 August backcountry islamorada fishing report

August florida keys backcountry fishing has still been fairly good even though we are getting into the dregs of summer.  The weather is definitely hot but most days we've had a bit of a breeze so it makes it much more bearable.  Rain has been around the last several days but it hasn't really been stopping us from getting out, and most of the time you can run around and avoid it as much of it is in isolated areas that dry up quickly as it moves out.  We do have some tropical systems out in the atlantic though the current one we are watching looks to have dissipated a lot as it's entering the outer Bahamas, so we likely will only get some rain and heavier winds from it near the end of the weekend and early next week.  In all honesty our Florida Bay can likely use the fresh water and some good winds and cloud cover will help cool the bay a little bit, which is around ~90 degrees right now!

As for the fishing there are all kinds of things on the table.  I myself have tarpon fished the last several days.  The august islamorada tarpon fishing is still a good option.  We did catch nice tarpon the last 3 days though it has only been a bite or two a day and really having to grind it out.  We actually did see a fair number of fish out there recently, however they are just being very finicky and not biting well.  So you have to invest some time and moving around to really have a shot and it doesn't leave you with much time to do other things (which I often like to do this time of year in addition to tarpon).  Most of the fish were larger (for this time of year) in the 70 to 90 lb range, and yesterdays was about 50 lbs.  We also had a day close to a week ago catching 3 which was a banner day, though the next day we went out and they dissappeared we never had a bite though were able to catch a variety of sharks to keep us entertained.  That's how it goes though this time of year can be spotty!  Capt. Bill Bassett also had a couple nice tarpon several days ago fishing in the backcountry.  Capt. Mike Bassett has also caught some smaller tarpon on his last couple trips fishing more for snook though he said the little tarpon were mixed in many of those areas.  

Capt. Jim Willcox was fliming a show (The Hot Bite) and they caught some larger specimens in the backcountry.  A large goliath grouper as well as a larger 'mud marlin' made for some exciting footage.  Capt. Mike Venezia also had a couple larger mud marlins on his last couple trips.  There have been plenty of sharks in the mix too including blacktips and lemons among others.  Both Capt. Jim and Capt. Mike also reported some nice tripletails out in the gulf and near shore of the everglades.  They aren't all on the buoys though, many are free floating and you can still see them on the surface and sight cast to them with bait.  Lots of fun and nice size fish - great for dinner!

Everglades snook fishing has still been fair as well.  The hot bite we had in the early summer when they were spawning is over with, though if you put time in you can usually catch several fish and many of them especially on the shorelines and creek mouths are larger fish.  Capt. Jim Willcox, Capt. Jeff Beeler, and Capt. Gunner Guthrie had reported some nice fish using artificials and jerkbaits on the shorelines.  I myself have been using bait most days doing that, and it is has been working OK too.  We aren't catching too many more than they are with artificials however, as the fish are just spread out and you seem to catch one here, one there, not really big bunches in any one spot most of the time.  A few red fish are in the mix too.

In the Bays there has been a mix of trout, snappers, ladyfish, and other critters.  This is the usual option on half day trips.  Capt. Clyde Upchurch has some nice trou the other day as did Capt. Perry Scuderi.  Using artificials or small shrimp is the ticket for this fishing, though if you can find some small pilchards they work great too and you can often get some of the larger snappers this way.  Capt. Bill Bassett did that the other day, though he said getting the larger legal snappers was tough but they managed half a dozen on a half day.  This is a great option for family fun fishing trips in islamorada.

September is just around the corner and that is the slowest month for business here in Islamorada.  Fishing can still be good however and plenty of guides are available.  The possibility of a storm is always there though even though we haven't had a major hurricane in over 10 years.  But if you are wanting to go fishing give us a call we can set something up short notice - no problem at all.  With the lack of fishing pressure and usually good, calm conditions, fishing can be very good and you have the place to yourself!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk