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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6/21/16 June Islamorada Fishing Report

We've had a lot of hot weather here in June though the last few days the wind kicked up and today we've had a bit of a deluge of rain.  Fishing in the backcountry has been pretty good overall.  The calm days while getting a little steamy are generally very good for fishing.  The water cleans up nicely and the bait shows up well in many areas, leading to more catchable fish.  A week ago we had very good fishing for snook on several days using live pilchards.  While catching pilchards there were also plenty of trout, snappers, and other things to catch as well.  Capt. Bill Bassett had also reported a good snook bite as well plus some small goliath groupers, redfish, and various other species.  Capt. John Johansen has reported steady tarpon fishing in the backcountry.  We've had pretty good tarpon fishing as well though some days it's been tougher than others.  The big thing often is catching the bait, which has not been very consistent.  Certain tides/times it is very easy, other times it is not catchable which can lead to you struggling through the day.  Capt. Mike Venezia reported some nice snook in the backcountry as well as some tripletails.  Capt. Jim Willcox has been getting into the deeper creeks reporting a handful of drums, reds, and snook.  Capt. Mike Basset and Capt. Sid Bryant have reported a good bite of trout and snappers out in the bays in the backcountry.  Capt. Skip Nielsen has had some good days as well doing a mix up of backcountry snook, some tarpon, as well as stuff for dinner on several days.  Anyways summer time can definitely still be good fishing even though the weather is a little hotter.  We always recommend wearing light clothing, long sleevs are preferrable due to bugs etc...  Give us a call and we can put you on some fish!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


6/20/16 Deep Sea Fishing Report for Islamorada 

We had some fantastic weather last week here in Islamorada, Florida Keys. The wind picked up yesterday afternoon some, but most of us think it will only help out with the dolphin fishing. The east wind should stir them up. The past week the dolphin bite was similar to what we've been seeing the past month and a half. It's been decent overall, with some days being better than others, but still a few slow days in the mix. We did see some real quality fish the past week, including a few fish over 40 lbs, a fair amount over 20 lbs, and still the average size of 3 - 10 lbs. The fish have been caught while trolling, finding floating debris, and sight fishing them swimming in the weed lines. They have been spread out from 350' to 2500' of water, so without a doubt a full day charter is really the only realistic option to target them. On average most of the boats have had anywhere from 6 - 18 fish. 


We had a nice bite of blackfin tuna on the humps, especially if the boats were able to load the livewell with live pilchards in the morning. The bigger fish in the 15 - 25 lb range were taken on the livies, and still the "footballs" and medium size tuna have been biting the artificials and dead baits. There was also a few sailfish caught and released offshore over the weekend, as well as a couple wahoo and tripletail taken as well. 


On the reef there's been a steady bite of yellowtail snappers. If you're patient and fish a bigger bait there has also been a few nice mutton snapper around, and still a couple black and red grouper. Also some amberjack and bonitos too. 


Way offshore it was a tough bite for the daytime swordfish. The Bn'M released one broadbill swordfish a couple trips ago, and on the "Broad Minded" we didn't have bites on two of our last three trips, and the other trip we lost what seemed to be a decent fish right when we were getting the windon leader up to the boat. Hopefully the bite improves this week. 

Remember to check out our NEW OUTFITTERS STORE here at Bud n' Mary's Marina with all sorts of items from PELAGIC, YETI, COLUMBIA, XTRATUF, and a bunch more Bud n' Mary's apparel. Give the office a call at 305 664 2461 to set up your next fishing charter in Islamorada, Florida Keys

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 



6/14/16 Mid June offshore fishing report for Islamorada

We've had some of the nicest weather you could ask for lately. The seas have been very calm and the sun has been out the last few days. The dolphin bite hasn't picked up like everyone has been hoping for, but there's been a few around. A couple boats scored big on some of their recent trips, but overall I would say the boats putting in a full day dolphin fishing have been averaging 2 - 10 fish, with a couple boats having trips with 20 - 30 fish. Everyone still thinks it will turn on any day and everyone will find big schools of fish, but it just hasn't happened yet. We've seen fish of all sizes being caught, anywhere from 3 - 38 lbs, but it just hasn't been the numbers in the years past. 



There has been other action to be had offshore, including blackfin tuna, amberjack, almaco jack, grouper, snapper, and tilefish. Boats have been trolling and jigging the tuna, and the other bottom species have been caught while deep dropping. 


Way offshore I made it out on a couple daytime swordfish trips, catching 2 fish yesterday, but none a few days before that. With the nice weather the next few days I imagine we'll see a few broadbills caught. 


Back on the reef the yellowtail snapper bite has been good. There's also been a few mutton snapper in the mix. The grouper bite has definitely slowed down, as we are well past opening month, but there's still been a couple caught the past week. There has also been some vermillion snapper and triggerfish caught. 

Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 to book your next Islamorada fishing charter and let one of our boats show you a good time on the water! 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 


6/8/16 June Backcountry Fishing Report in Islamorada

Tropical storm Colin stayed well to the north of us so we didn't have any major direct impact from the nasty weather the last few days.  However we did get some kicked up winds out of the southwest quadrant, blowing 15-25 mph the last few days which isn't exactly what you want for your summer time fishing here in the Keys.  It definitely made things a little difficult and mudded up many of the areas and bays we like to fish in the backcountry this time of year, though of course there were still some options to fish.  Capt. Mike Bassett today reported a good catch of nice snook and big jacks on a half day up to the east using live pilchards.  Capt. Clyde Upchurch had good tarpon fishing the last few days and a very good day as the first frontal lines came in a couple days ago.  Capt. Rick Stanczyk has also been on the tarpon consistently the last couple weeks today was the first day we unfortuntealy didn't get one.  Capt. Skip Nielsen has been catching some tarpon locally as well, he also reported a good day of snook fishing a few days ago before the weather got real nasty back at cape sable.  Capt. Jeff Beeler had some good snook and baby tarpon action back there a few days ago too.  Capt. John Johansen has had some tarpon action and some nice mangrove snapper fishing around the islands in the backcountry.  Capt. Mike Venezia reported a mixed bag of things while fishing the flats for bonefish today, they didn't find any bones but had just about everything else you could imagine up there.  Capt. Jim Willcox has had some decent fishing way back in the sticks in the everglades, fishing deep in the creeks for redfish and snook.  Things should settle back down the winds have already laid down quite nicely this evening, and the next few days it looks to be 5-10 mph or less, so it should be back to normal summer time conditions.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


6/7/16 Islamorada Deep Sea Fishing report 

It was a busy first week fishing in June in Islamorada here at Bud n' Mary's Marina. The majority of the boats have been heading offshore on their full day trips, a couple have stayed on the reef and wrecks, and pretty much all the boats have been spending their half day charters on the reef. The dolphin (mahi) bite was decent about half of the days last week. A few days were really good, and a couple days were very slow for some of the boats. One day multiple boats didn't have any dolpin, but sure enough the next day some of the boats boats had 15 - 25 fish, including some big slammers! It is fishing and there's no guarantees, and no discounts when the fish don't bite. The boats try hard every single trip, and if they aren't having luck with one type of fish you should always be open to trying to fish for another species. 

Big 45 lb "slammer" bull dolphin on the Cloud Nine 


Nice Bull on the Buzz On charter boat 

A rack full of mahi for the Indeginous

A couple "gaffer" dolphin on the Broad Minded 

The boats have also been catching some blackfin tuna, tripletail, amberjack, wahoo, and there was a couple sailfish released the past week. Some of the boats have also been doing some deep drop bottom fishing in 400 - 800' of water and we saw a couple queen snapper, snowy grouper, rose porgy, barrelfish, and blueline tilefish brought in. 


With the windy conditions the past couple days the reef was the go to spot for most the boats that fished and the yellowtail snapper bite was decent, and there's still a few grouper and mutton snapper around. 

Further offshore a few of us have been doing some daytime swordfishing. We lost a small swordfish on the leader the last trip, but the trip before that we had a nice surprise. We were deep dropping for swordfish with Glenn and his friends and hooked what we thought was a big swordfish. After 2 hours we go the fish up and it was a 211.5 lb bigeye tuna!! An unheard of catch off Islamorada, Florida Keys. It's the only one ever brought into Bud n' Mary's Marina, so that was pretty cool. We caught one swordfish about 60 lbs the trip before that and one about 75 lbs the other trip earlier in the week.  A couple other boats fished for swords last week as well but the bite was a little slower than the week before and they reported missing a bite or no bites. 


Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 if you'd like to book a fishing charter and we'll set you up!! 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 

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