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!


8/27/15 Late August Offshore Fishing Report

We've seen some of the best catches of the summer lately here at Bud n' Mary's! Not a lot of boats have been fishing as the tourist season is winding down, but the ones that have got out have done very well! A lot of boats have been limiting out on mahi and the blackfin tuna bite is on fire too! We always recommend a full day fishing charter when going offshore fishing in Islamorada, but a few boats have been 1/2 days lately and still getting in on the mahi and tuna action. The boats that have been doing full days have been averaging 30 - 40 fish, and a lot of the mahi are decent size where they are using the gaffs to bring them aboard. I would say the mahi are averaing 5 - 15 lbs and there's been a couple nice slammer bulls over 30 lbs. The tuna have been averaging 5 - 20 lbs, and I saw a few 25 lbers hanging up as well. It looks like we have a storm down near the US virgin Islands now, but it's hard to say if it will affect us in a few days or not. Give the marina a call if you want to fish and we'll set you up. 1 800 742 7945. The crowds have thinned out so now's the perfect time to fish! We also have offseason rates for our Islamorada hotel rooms, so you can save a few bucks that way!

I also want to say congrats to Capt. Paul Ross on the Relentless for being named one of the top boats in the Altantic by Marlin Magazine in a recent article.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Nick Stanczyk


8/26/15 Late August Florida Keys Backcountry Fishing Report

We are nearing the end of August islamorada fishing season is definitely winding down here now.  Only a handful of charter boats or guides fishing every day, but there are still plenty of fish to catch - and even more for you since there is much less pressure on them!  We've just dropped our room rates to low season levels, so be sure to check them out at our islamorada accommodations page.  I was lucky enough to fish most days in the last week and fishing was really good for quite a few of them.  There were still plenty of tarpon in the backcountry channels we had some big days with multiple shots and multiple fish landed each day.  We had nice incoming tide to start the mornings, making the bait easy to catch, and tarpon more than willing to eat.  For the next week or so however the tides will be falling in the early morning which has made bait much more difficult to get the last few weeks, which is a big part of productive tarpon fishing this time of year!  Elsewhere in the florida keys backcountry I haven't received a whole lot of reports.  I know Capt. Bill Bassett had some good trout action with a big barracuda and shark, as well as a few snappers yesterday.  Capt. John Johansen was out of town though got out yesterday on the patches with some decent mangrove snappers and yellowtails.  Capt. Mike Venezia had some tarpon, shark, snapper, and trout action with his customers as well earlier this week.  There are still some good possibilities of snook and redfish in the skinny water back there, with more snook being found around the islands moats, shorelines, and creeks.  Looks like we will be getting some weather from Tropical Storm Erika near the end of the weekend.  Nobody is sure exactly what is going to happen if it is going to go north of Miami or down below the Keys, though it doesn't look to be a super strong storm if anything hopefully only a category 1-2 tops if it veers north, and supposedly weaker if it goes south.  Luckliy this is the peak of hurricane season and it's been a slow one and hopefully won't be much more to worry about from here on out!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

Zack doing battle with a poon!

John got a nice tarpon pictured here!

Chris and Alix each got to catch a nice tarpon on Friday!

My wife Elizabeth Baxter and her brother John each battled tarpon on Satuday.

Doug and his father both landed nice tarpon Sunday morning.

Though this is a smaller one, Vince Sr, Vince Jr, and Frank all landed tarpon 75 to 100 lbs on Monday!

Jim landing a nice tarpon, his buddy Bob and his wife also got to battle one.

Capt. Mike Venezia's customers with a nice tarpon.


8/20/15 Deep Sea Fishing Mid August in Islamorada

The crowds have simmered down here a little bit in Islamorada, so it's a perfect time to relax and go deep sea fishing in Islamorada! We still had a few days last week and over the weekend where everyboat fished, but the last few days about 1/2 the boats have fishing each day. The last few days the mahi bite has been very good, with boats having from 20 - 40 fish. There's been a lot of nice size schoolies (where you don't have to meausre them), a decent amount of "gaffer" size fish in the 8 - 15 lb range, and a few "slammers'' making the 20+ lb mark.


There was a couple slow days on the mahi last week, where a few boats only had a few keepers and some of the boats had eight to ten keepers, so it was really nice to see such good fishing the past few days. The blackfin tuna are showing up in decent numbers too, and some nice fish over 20 lbs. A big blackfin tuna on a 15 lb spinning rod is a great fight. I think we will continue to see decent mahi fishing the next month and the blackfin tuna bite should only get better and better as we enter the Fall months.

On the reef there's still yellowtail and mangrove snapper, as well as some barracudas, jacks, and sharks. Way offshore I swordfished a couple trips, one trip we caught 2 fish, keeping a 160 lber and tagging and releasing a small one. The next trip we hooked one fish late in the day but unfortunately lost him on the leader. When the weather cooperates the Fall is a great time to target swordfish as well.


We should also been seeing some big dusky and silky sharks on the humps with the tuna, so if you want to pull on something big consider giving that a shot! Call the marina to book your next fishing trip at 305 664 2461 and we'll set you up! We also have offseason rates on our hotel rooms so don't forget to ask about that!

Tight Lines,

Capt. Nick Stanczyk



8/16/15 Mid August Backcountry Fishing Report

August is already half way over and it's been pretty warm down here in Islamorada.  Fishing in the backcountry has still been decent there are still quite a few tarpon around especially in the everglades areas.  Fishing hasn't been red hot for them every day though some captains have reported some big days back there.  The fishing and the bait catching has been best on the incoming tides as of late it seems, bringing in that little bit of cooler gulf water and making the fish a little happier.  Some days the rain has been chasing us around a good bit and that pattern seems to be continuing to hold.  We had several big days last week with the tarpon and sharks which was a lot of fun.  Steve and Michael enjoyed stellar tarpon fishing one day followed by a good day with tarpon, snook, and some nice mangrove snappers for dinner.  Though a couple days ago we had a very slow day, bait was near impossible to catch and I had a little bit of leftover bait, but the tarpon were few and far between in an area where a couple days before they had been swarming.  Today though we were able to get on them and had a few shots at tarpon and landed one nice fish plus a big snook and some big sharks for Zeb and his wife.  Capt. John Johansen has reported similar action with tarpon and sharks back in the flamingo/backcountry areas.  Capt. Bill Bassett has also had some action with sharks and a few taron, plus has had a few half days of snapper fishing.  He had some real nice gulf snappers the past few days.  Capt. Dave Morris has been doing a few lobster trips and has had some good success, plus some action on the patch reefs with hogfish and porgy still even in the heat of summer.  Capt. Gunner Gutherie had a nice tarpon the other day plus some fish for dinner.  Give us a call if you are looking to get out we are getting into our off season with business here though the fishing is anything but!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


8/10/15 Early August Offshore fishing report 

The crowds are finally thinning out here a little at Bud n' Mary's. It's a nice change of pace, especially for fishing since the waters won't be nearly as crowded the next few months. The winds have been very calm the last few days while offshore fishing in Islamorada. Over the past 10 days mahi have still been the main target for the boats. Most of the days were pretty active, but there was a couple slower days lately with the extremely nice weather. A lot of times a little bit of wind helps "the bite". Overall the boats on full day charters have been averaging 10 - 30 fish, the majority of the fish are schoolies in the 3 - 5 lb range, a handful of medium size fish from 7 - 12 lbs, and there's been some slammers on the dock each day from 20 - 30 lbs. The last couple days in particular we have had lots of big schools of fish, with keeper  "schoolies" and undersize "shakers" mixed together. The "shakers" are undersize mahi which we shake off next to the boat. Sometimes you have to catch 30 or 40 fish just to keep a handful of legal fish. I think the boats will still keep catching mahi in good numbers the rest of the month, but you may just have to be patient go through a lot of fish to put some meat in the box. The blackfin tuna have been showing up in better numbers on the humps, with fish from 3 - 20 lbs. The fall months have been very good for blackfin tunas the last couple years, so I imagine we'll see plenty of tuna here the next couple months.

A few boats have been fishing the reef, but remember it's extremely hot out and with little wind it's hard to spend much more than a 1/2 day on the anchor fishing the reef comfortably. The mangrove snapper bite has been very good and there's still some yellowtails in the mix.

Way offshore I've been doing some daytime swordfishing lately. We had some bad luck losing fish on few trips, and one trip without a bite, but the good news is the last 3 trips we caught fish, including a monsterous 335 lber and one trip produced 4 fish! We tagged and released 3 of them. The fall is a great time to target swordfish and we have a handful of boats here all rigged and ready. If you want to take a gamble and try to catch a fish you'll always remember, consider swordfishing this time of year. Give the marina office a call to set up any fishing trip you want to do at 305 664 2461!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk