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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1/31/15 End of January Islamorada Backcountry Fishing Report

February starts tomorrow and right now it feels like winter down here in the Keys.  The last week we had the tail end of the winter weather from up north chill us down.  We had several nights that got into the 50s, plus some wind to boot.  Though fishing hasn't cooled down it has stayed pretty good.  The patch fishing has been phenomenal with a good mixed bag out there.  Today Capt. Rick Stanczyk had great fishing with a limit of nice hogfish, lots of porgy, snapper, grouper, and more.  We've been seeing a few permit out there too, the other day we saw a school of 50+ at the end of our trip, but were not able to get any bites out of them.  Capt. Skip Nielsen and Capt. John Johansen both landed a permit this week though with their anglers.  Capt. Skip also has Cliff and Cathy Fox of Fox Tackle.  Cathy caught a nice permit, plus they had action with grouper and other species out front.  They also each landed nice snook in the backcountry plus some redfish in the creeks.  Capt. Rick Stanczyk yesterday had a handful of black drum, plus two whopper snook of 10 and 12 lbs.  The deeper everglades canal fishing hasn't been red hot as far as numbers of fish, but there have been some big quality fish if you put your time in.  Capt. Jeff Beeler had some nice black drum the other day too, and Capt. Bill Bassett had a mix of redfish, snook, a tripletail, and a few others as well.  There has been some trout in the channel run-offs to give a bit more action on these trips as well as some stuff for dinner if your looking for that.  Capt. Jim Willcox had some black drum the other day as well, he also had a monster 40 lber last week too one of the biggest we've seen.  Spanish mackerel fishing has been consistent as it has for most the winter.  Capt. Rick had Steve Holsinger out last week for the macks and sharks it was good fishing, they also had a good mixed bag on the patches and finished up with a few barracudas they caught on big pilchards - lots of fun!  Further out in the gulf on the nicer days triple tail fishing is a good idea and there can be some cobias on the structure too.  Looks like things should slowly warm up this next week, winds look to be swinging more east and even south tomorrow.  Tarpon fishing should start being a regularlity especially if the weather is warm, February can be good fishing for tarpon with the right conditions and the last few years it has been for the most part.  Give us a call and let's get you out on the water.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


1/27/15 Late January Offshore fishing report

It finally feels like winter again here offshore fishing in Islamorada. We had a fairly strong cold front blow through last night, and the temperatures dropped into Mid 60's with winds out of the North West. This morning the wind has already let up some, and the next few days look to be great days to get out on the water. We are gonna have a north wind, which means the wind blows across the land mass, so we will have a wind "chop" on the ocean side the next couple days, but not big swells by any means. The reef line we fish this time of year is only 3 - 5 miles out from shore. Last Thursday was the one day Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish Tournament, which is also the last leg of the Florida Keys Gold Cup series. The Relentless releases 3 sailfish that day, giving them 2nd place in the IFC tournament, and another 1st place finish in the Gold Cup Sailfish Series with 31 releases over the 6 days of fishing! Congrats!

The Catch 22 finished in 2nd place in the Gold Cup Series as well with 17 releases over the 6 days of tournament sailfishing. Overall the past 10 days here there's been a handful of sailfish around each day. It hasn't been a red hot bite, but most of the boats that have been putting their time in have been getting 1 - 3 shots each day. Some days have been a little slower, while others better, it's always fishing. There's still been some kingfish and cero mackerel around on the reef, as well as the occasional tuna and mahi.


There's been some nice mutton snapper, a few big mangrove snapper, and the usual amount of yellowtail snapper while bottom fishing too. Of course when grouper season is closed we always seem to catch those too, and there's been a handful of nice black grouper released lately. We also saw a couple nice african pompano caught last week.


I think this front might push some more cobia out of the gulf of mexico into the atlantic ocean this week, so I wouldn't be suprised to see some big cobia caught this next week. Hopefully the sailfish bite will keep improving this week as well with all the North Wind. A few boats have gone "deep dropping" for bottom fish lately and that has been a great way to catch some excellent eating fish. There's been tilefish, snapper, grouper, etc. from 400 - 700' of water.

We also took advantage of a nice day last week and made it out daytime swordfishing, and emily got her first swordfish.There's still been a few swordfish around way offshore, and if the weather cooperates and you want to try your luck, you always have a shot!

Give us a call in the tackleshop at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book your fishing trip and we'll find a great boat to get you out on!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk





1/24/15 January Florida Keys Backcountry Fishing Report

January is almost over and spring time is getting near!  The weather lately could have fooled anyone that was fishing down here as it was very warm the last week or so.  Tonight though we have a good cold front coming in and looks to be chilly through most of the next week.  This will give a good kick start to more of our traditional winter time fishery but slow things like tarpon fishing down.  As of late the mackerel fishing in the gulf has been very good.  The bite has been solid on just about all conditions and if you want rod bending, drag screaming action it is the way to go.  We had plenty of mackerel action today on a half day trip, plus some mangrove snappers for dinner.  Fishing in the everglades was fairly good earlier last week, though the last few days with the hard southeasterly winds and warm weather it got a little tougher back there.  I had Andy and his boys Derek and Konrad early in the week.  We had a decent day having to fish hard but put together a good catch of multiple redfish, a snook, sheepshead, and plenty of spanish mackerel to finish up the day.  Fun fishing early last week we also had plenty of black drum including a big 25 lber, snook, redfish, and tripletail.  Capt. Bill Bassett reported good tripletail fishing several days ago the last day it was calm.  Yesterday I know Capt. Jeff Beeler had action with trout, ladyfish, jacks, etc... and caught a nice tarpon while fishing for bigger stuff.  Capt. Chris Daly today had some snapper action as well as some grouper mixed in, and finished up with some spanish mackerel too.  Capt. Skip Nielsen had some large blacktip sharks on the fly the other day, looked like lots of fun!  As stated expect things to cool down for the next week but this should be a good thing for those looking to venture out into the glades, as well as for mackerel fishing in the gulf or patch reef fishing.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


1/17/15 Mid January Deep Sea Fishing Report in Islamorada

It's still been really busy here in Islamorada, so I have been a little slow on updating everyone on the fishing lately in Islamorada. The past two days the Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament took place and for what has been a mediocre sailfish bite lately, two of our boats did great! The Relentless finished in 1st place with 12 releases, 11 on day 1 and then 1 more on Day 2. The Catch 22 finished in 2nd place with 8 releases, 7 on Day 1, and 1 more on Day 2. Congrats guys!


Last weekend the Islamorada Ladies Sailfish took place, and the Buzz On finished in first place with 5 releases. It's a fun event, and a great way to get the ladies on the boat. They had 4 fish the first day and 1 more the second day. Congrats girls!

The Kalex also won a recent sailfish tournament, which was one for fly anglers. It's called the Sailfly, and catching a sailfish on fly in Islamorada is very challenging. The first day no fish were caught, but the second day the Kalex released 1 on fly, which was enough to win the event. Great Job! Overall the past 10 days here there's been a few sailfish around every day, if you are patient and put your time in you definitely have a shot at getting a fish or two. Making the bites count is very important, especially when opportunities are limited. The difference between a slow day and a good day is just a bite or two many days. We had some nice wahoo's caught last week when it was calm, around the full moon.

Big Wahoo caught on the Cloud Nine

Sailfish on the leader next to the boat. Remember the best thing for the fish is to keep them in the water to ensure a healthy release. That way we can catch them again.

Sailfish next to the boat on the Buzz On. Keeping the fish in the water is the right way to get a picture!


The kingfish bite has still been good, with fish from 5 to 15 lbs, and a few bigger ones. The boats anchoring down bottom fishing have been catching yellowtail snapper, a few mangrove snapper, a couple mutton snapper, and a few cero mackerel, which all make for great table fare. There's still been the occasional mahi and blackfin tuna while live baiting, as well as some big sharks if you want to pull on something strong!

Big bull shark released on the reef

Blackfin tuna while kite fishing

Big Mutton snapper from the Bn'M II

We definitely have some great Islamorada offshore boats open the next couple weeks here in Islamorada for fishing charters, so give the office at call at 1 800 742 7945 and we'll set you up.

Capt. Nick Stanczyk




1/17/15 January Backcountry Florida Keys Fishing Report

We've gotten a tad bit more cool weather recently and looks to continue to keep cool for the next week or so.  Nothing extreme but getting into the low 60s at night more of are regular winter time weather.  As of late there has been a mix of things going on.  Before the front again things had warmed up enough some of the big fish were active again including large sharks, goliath grouper, and tarpon.  Capt. Jim Willcox had a day with several sharks and a huge 300+ lb goliath.  He also reported some redfish action yesterday afternoon.  Now though we had a front last night and water temperatures dropped back into the high 60s.  Today Capt. Rick Stanczyk reported a mixed bag fishing in the everglades.  They had a pick of redfish, a snook, and sheepshead back there around the mainland everglades.  In the afternoon the spanish mackerel bite was good on the last of the incoming tide to put a good finish on the day.  Earlier in the week we had similar action we started with the mackerels then fished the mainland and had some nice snook, redfish, and even a 100 lb 'mud marlin' back there.  Capt Bill Bassett reported catching a handful of snook with his anglers and a young man was very happy that really wanted to catch one.  Capt. Mike Bassett reported good fishing on the patch reefs they had some nice hogfish, snappers, and released some small groupers.  The patch reefs have been a great bet still for half day trips, great fish to take home for lunch or dinner and you don't have to run too far.  Capt. Chris Daly reported good action in the gulf the last few mornings with the spanish mackerel as well.    The weather is very nice even with the latest cold frontal activity it's not getting super cold and the fishing is pretty good as well.  Give us a call if your looking to get out on the water.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk