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!


8/28/17 Late August Deep sea fishing report

August fishing is almost over here in Islamorada, Florida Keys. We had some wind for a few days over a week ago, but the past week was much nicer. A few days were cloudy with passing rain storms, but it didn't stop the fleet from catching a bunch of fish! It was really a great season on mahi this summer, and it's still been good as of late. Sure there have been a few slow days but overall most boats have had 15 - 30 fish on full day trips. The fish have ranged from 4 - 15 lbs on average, but theres still been some nice bulls and cows in the 20 - 30 lb range. If you want the best shot at catching them a FULL DAY is what you really need to do. For example, One boat fished back to back days last week. The first day they had 30 mahi before lunch but the next day they only had 2. Yes when the bite is on and the fish are close you can score on a half day, but it's a gamble going offshore on a short 4 hour trip. 


The humps turned back on and we've seen a lot of blackfin tuna the past few days. It was a little quiet before that, but it's looking like we may have a great fall season on blackfin again. We haven't had the live bait around like normal, but we've been getting them on artificials and some on the dead bait. A couple of our deep drop bottom fish will close at the end of August, including blueline tilefish and snowy grouper, but we saw a lot of nice fish caught while the season was open. The Gimme Jimmy had a 39 lb snowy yesterday and a giant 35 lb golden tilefish! Also a nice barrelfish. 


On the reef the yellowtail snapper bite has been decent most days with some mangrove snapper still in the mix. We should start seeing some kingfish show up the next few weeks as well. Way offshore a few of us have been daytime swordfishing. The bite was good a week ago, with fish each trip, but then it slowed down and there was a couple days without any action at all. The good news was yesterday we went 3 for 4 on swordfish, so hopefully they are here to stay for a while! We tagged and released two of the juveniles and kept one for dinner. Long time marina customers and friends aboard the peanut got one swordfish each day last weekend including a nice fish at 157 lbs! 


The traffic has dissapeared in Islamorada for the most part, so come on down and avoid the crowds the next couple months. It's nice when there's only a handful of boats fishing offshore compared to 50! Give us a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book you're next deep sea fishing charter! Remember we have offseason room rates at the marina for our hotel rooms, house, and houseboats! 

Tight Lines

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 



8/16/17 August Islamorada offshore fishing report 

We've had some incredible catches of mahi the first couple weeks of August! The crowds are thinning out so the next month or two may be the time you want to come down and fish at Bud n' Mary's Marina. Most of the boats have been averaging 20 - 40 mahi on full day trips. We've seen a lot of "schoolies" in the 3 - 6 lb range, a fair amount of gaffers in the 8 - 15 lb range and some nice bulls in the 30 lb class as well. The bite wont last forever so come down and get in on the action! 


The blackfin tuna bite has been fair, mostly ''footballs" in the 3 - 6 lb range but we did get a 25 lber on a popper one day which was exciting. There's been a few tripletail caught on floating debris as well. Down deep on the humps there's still a few ambjerjack and almaco jack. The Reel McCoy had a really nice wahoo one day weighing in at 47 lbs and there was a sailfish released amongst the fleet too.


A handful of boats have been getting in on the deep drop bottom action while the season is still open for most species till the end August, and we've seen a few big snowy grouper, a lot of blueline tilefish, a couple yellowedge grouper, rosefish, and a few barrelfish. Back on the reef there's been a decent bite of yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper, and a couple mutton snapper. 


Way offshore we have been swordfishing a fair amount. Last week was slow but the bite picked up this week. We managed two fish yesterday including a big 273 lber, an 80 lber the trip before that, and we tagged and released a 40 lber a few days ago. The next few months are prime time to try for swordfish, so if it's a bucket list fish or something you might want to try let us know! 


Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book your next Islamorada Offshore Fishing Charter and we'll set you up with a great boat. 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 



8/15/17 August Backcountry Fishin' Report

August is rolling by quickly and the fishing has been about as hot as the weather!  We've had a very good late season tarpon bite especially back in the everglades.  A good number of fairly large fish too which is nice to see this late in the year... not the monsters we get in the spring, but fish up in the 100 lb range anyways.  I've had very good fishing this month I think only one day have we not gotten a tarpon to the boat (though we had a shot and we missed him), and most other days we've caught 2 or more.  If you'd like to follow my daily tarpon fishing reports please check my blog here.  The weather has been nice and stable with light winds out of the southeasterly direction and a few flat calm days.  There has been some triple tails floating around too we had some very nice size ones a couple weeks ago, and the last week they got a little tougher though today we put some time in and caught a couple and saw a few more.  With the pots not loaded out in the gulf there isn't much structure to look for them around, so we are finding them just drifting around and under beds of dead grass that is floating.  Capt. John Johansen has also been getting into some tarpon and big sharks in the backcountry.  Capt. Jim Willcox has reported some snook off the beaches and creeks in the backcountry, and some big jacks in the channels which has provided good rod bending action.  In the bays Capt. Jeff Oughton had some nice trout and snappers over the weekend for some table fare.  Fishing can still be very good the next couple months here even though business slows down.  Last year we had some of the best tarpon fishing we had all year in September and October, but this year overall has been much better than last.  It's a good time to come down and fish you can avoid the crowds and really have the place to yourself, plus the winds are usually light which gives us great conditions.  Give us a call at 305-664-2461 and we'll hook you up!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk



7/31/17 Late July Deep Sea Fishing Report 

July flew by here in Islamorada this year. It's been a very good season overall on mahi, especially compared to 2016. We had a few slow days last week but this week was pretty steady each day. Sure there were a few boats that just had a handful of fish but overall the offshore charter boats have been average 15 - 30 fish. Most fish in the 4 -15 lb range, with a few slammers over 20 lbs in the mix. Hopefully the mahi bite remains steady for August. 


Other offshore action has inlcuded plenty of football size blackfin tuna and there's been a couple wahoo caught while trolling. The gon fishin v had a 45 lb wahoo the other morning. The gimme jimmy caught a monster 17.4 lb tripletail off a pallet the other day too! The deep drop bottom fishing has provided a mixture of tilefish, grouper, barrelfish, and rosefish. Also check out this longtail bass aboard the Indigenous. 


On the Reef There's been a decent bite of snapper inlcuding mangrove and yellowtail, with the occasional mutton in the mix. Also some barracuda and a few sharks. Further offshore the swordfish bite picked up a little the last few trips. We had a few trips without any bites last but we managed 1 fish on each of our last 3 trips on the Broad Minded. The smallest fish was 40 lbs and the biggest 160 lbs. The next few months are as good as bet as here to try for a swordfish, so if you dont mind fishing all day for a quality fish you may want to give it a shot this summer or fall! 

Tight Lines

Capt Nick Stanczyk 


7/25/17 July Backcountry Fishin' Report

July is rolling by and we are in the midst of summer time in Islamorada.  Fishing has been great for the most part all around which is nice to see.  We've had much more normal summe time weather - calm, hot, with passing rain showers.  Unlike last year where it was much windier than normal, and not a great direction lots of southwest wind.  This year has been more light easterly breezes which we like.  Tarpon have been a top priority still and there has still been a good number of tarpon around.  Locally there have been some fish and the evening fishing has still been pretty good.  Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti and Capt. John Johansen have reported a good evening tarpon bite.  I've been fishing the backcountry mostly and we've had good fishing back there too.  June was incredible for me I think we were averaging over 2 fish a trip, and July has been close to that as well though I haven't fished quite as much as I've been out of town a couple times.  The tarpon fishing can stay good through October, last year we actually had some of the best fishing of the year for them in September and October.  Some days you get in on the hungry packs of fish, and you may get quite a few shots at them.  Other days they aren't biting as well, or you have to take time looking for them, so may only get a shot or two.  Though what I like about the summer is typically the conditions are very good and stay relatively the same, unlike the spring when it is blowing often and the wind direction is changing as well as the tempearture if we get a cold front.  So don't think you've missed the window for catching tarpon August is still a great month to try!  Other than tarpon, some guys have been getting into some other things.  We've had good trout and snapper fishing in the bays if you want action and some dinner.  Capt. Jim Willcox and Capt. Mike bassett has been reporting decent snook action fishing the shorelines and creeks of the everglades.  Just be ready with the bug spray as the bugs have been a little over the top this year with all the rain we had in the last month.  Some areas aren't so bad, but if you get out of the wind and in the trees they can get annoying.  A few redfish have been mixed in back there as well.  Capt. Bill Bassett had some days earlier this month in the gulf catching permit that were unbeleivable.  He had double digits on permit several days, and quite a few on fly some of those days as well.  It was just the perfect conditions with some big masses of fish pushing through.  Though the big pushes of them seem to have gone through, it's definitely still a possibility if you are willing to devote the day to looking for them and OK with taking the gamble.  Capt. Mike Venezia reported a nice tarpon yesterday in the backcountry as well as Capt. Gunner Guthrie a few days ago fishing locally.  I had the last few days off though last week I had Brad and David out for 3 days, we landed tarpon every day as well as getting multiple fish one day.  Also got a bunch of nice trout, and a few snook on a couple of those days too.  Also got a few cobia on artificials one day in the gulf which was lots of fun.  I'm back to work this week during the mini season, though August we have plenty of availability.  Give us a shout if you are wanting to get out on the water!  305-664-2461

Capt. Rick Stanczyk