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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!


4/16/14 Florida Keys Tarpon season rolling on in April

Mid april and the tarpon bite is picking up.  It seems more fish are starting to show up locally around Islamorada which is good news.  We had a mild front come in last night but it did not drop temperatures only a bit of north/northeast wind today.  The tarpon did not mind we had a good day catching 3 out of 6 tarpon on live mullet.  We also caught some porgy and hogfish on the patch reefs and a big 'mud marlin.'  The past few days we've had good tarpon action as well as some nice size mangrove snappers on cut bait.  Capt. Bill Bassett had a couple tarpon yesterday as well as several sharks including a big 150 lb bull shark.  Capt. John Johansen has had good tarpon action the last few days as well around islamorada.  Capt. Chris Daly has been in the shallows with some good redfish action a few days ago.  Capt. Ben Ekblom just got his Key Hopper boat back and fixed up he's had some tarpon biting around the local florida keys channels and bridges.  Capt. Mike Venezia had a nice tarpon a few days ago as well as some snook in the backcountry everglades.  He's also had some good tarpon on the night trips.  The next week the outlook is good we will have good falling tide in the late afternoons into the evenings and with more fish showing up it should be good fishing.  Winds are suppose to stay out of the east/south the next few days and temperatures are up, a good mix for tarpon fishing in islamorada!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


4/15/14 Mid April Offshore Fishing Report

We've had some great weather the last couple days while Islamorada Offshore Fishing. The end of last week and over the weekend was a little windy, but it looks like decent weather for the up coming week. There's been good fishing overall, and all sorts of species! A lot of boats have been heading offshore in search of mahi, and most the boats have been putting together decent catches when it's all said and done. It's not red hot, but if you're patient and put your time in looking for birds and floating debris, it has been paying off. Most of the boats have had anywhere from 10 - 40 keeper schoolies (3-6 lbs), and there's been a few bigger fish up to 25 lbs on the dock too. Don't forget that we are hosting the "Gotta Luv Them" dolphin tournament on May 17th 2014 at Bud n' Mary's Marina, so if adding a little competition to fishing is something you're interested in, sign up and go have fun. It's a charity based tournament with many of the proceeds benefiting area scholarships as well as others. There's been some wahoo from 5 - 20 lbs on the big pieces of floating debris in addition to the dolphin (mahi). There's also been some amberjack on the humps and wrecks, but not as many as there should be for this time of year. Hopefully they move back in soon. The deep water bootom fishing aka "deep dropping" has still been productive for blueline tilefish, rose porgy, yellowedge grouper, etc in 400 - 600' of water. Back near the reef there's been a handful of sailfish caught and released each day. Not everyone is getting shots at them, but most of the boats putting in the time are seeing a couple fish. Inside the reef on the stingrays there's been some cobia caught each day as well. It also just takes time and patience as the boats search for the rays inside the reef. You may not find them every day, but you won't find them if you don't try! While achored up there's been yellowtail snapper, grouper (shallow water groupers still closed for harvest till May 1st), mutton snapper, etc. We are also starting to see some permit on the reef line. They head out there this time of year to spawn, and they average 10 - 25 lbs, but you have a shot at some real big ones over 30 lbs too. The shark fishing is still producing some bites too, including bull sharks, hammerheads, and the occasional tiger. We also got out on two daytime swordfishing trips at the end of last week, and the first day caught 2, and the second day caught 1. Give us a call when you're ready to book your fishing charter and we'll find a great boat for you! 305 664 2461

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

Big permit pushing 35 lbs released on the Bn'M II

Nice blackfin tuna caught while live bait fishing off the edge of the reef on the Reel McCoy

Bull Mahi caught off Islamorada

Red grouper caught and released on the Miss Islamorada Party Boat

Chrissy from the office got out fishing and caught this nice cobia on the Bn'M

500 lb tiger shark caught and released off Islamorada


Daytime Broadbill Swordfish aboard the Bn'M II



4/12/14 April Florida Keys Backcountry Fishing Report

Things are busy here and the fishing has been good so we are very happy!  It's been on the windy side so far in April, seems much of the usual march winds that we get are here now.  Things have warmed back up from the late front we had 6 days ago or so.  We had some decent post-frontal tarpon fishing around town as things did not get as cold as expected and the water stayed in the mid 70s.  Capt. Bill Bassett had a couple nice fish one day right afterwards, and also a fish on fly when it was blowing 20+ out of the northwest.  Capt. John Johansen had some nice tarpon around town on live mullet too.  Capt. Skip Nielsen had some great fishing catching multiple tarpon around the bridges a couple days after the front too on live mullet with Kenny Russel and Jim Riske.  Capt. Mark Hlis had Gary Bowden from the UK get his first tarpon sight fishing with bait.  Since then the tarpon fishing has been a little off the last couple days.  Not much tarpon action in the backcountry though today we caught a couple back there and Capt. Bill Basset got one as well.  Capt. Ben Ekblom yesterday had a nice tarpon in the morning fishing locally around town and a couple big 'mud marlins'.  I've been getting some tarpon around town the last few days though the bite has been slow just a couple bites a trip.  We got a nice big fish last night, and a nice fish during the day too out of a double header that we had hooked.  Capt. Mike Venezia had a couple nice fish last night fishing around the bridges.  Capt. Chris Daly had some redfish and snook action in the backcountry plus nice juvenile goliath grouper around the islands.  Capt. Jeff Beeler had a nice fish during the afternoon around islamorada.  Some more fish should start to fill in here and that could happen any day.  Late afternoon has had very low water around islamorada and looks like it could be productive fishing when the big schools of tarpon show up.


4-10-14 Islamorada Deep Sea Fishing Report

We've had some wind here the last few days while deep sea fishing in Islamorada, but we still have plenty of boats get out each day. We had a cold front pass through a couple days ago, so the winds followed the typically pattern west and then to the north yesterday, and back to the east late today. A lot of the boats just fished the shallow patch reefs with the 20 - 25 knot winds, and they still had plenty of action in 15 - 30' of water. That's a great thing about Islamorada, even when it gets windy, we always have a back up plan and try to make the best of the weather/fishing conditions. While patch reef fishing there was yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper, cero mackerel, grouper (released until May 1st), and a few other species all caught. Today more of the boats got offshore a little further, and it was nice to see some decent catches of dolphin (mahi). A couple boats had from 10 - 15 fish, mostly schoolies, but I did see a nice Bull-head that was close to 35 lbs. I think we will see some more mahi this week with the wind settling in the east direction. There's been a few sailfish around each day as well, with a couple boats out of the fleet releasing a fish or two. Further out on the humps the tuna have still remained difficult, but there's been plenty of almaco and amberjacks. There's also been some big sharks feeding on them, so if shark fishing is something that interests you, give the captain and heads up and he might be able to hook you up with JAWS! The Catch 22 got out on two daytime swordfish trips the past week. The first trip was tough, with one light bite, but they did release a broadbill the second trip and report missing a few other strikes. We are still hoping we get a strong northeast current while we have these east winds, because almost every year in the spring time for a couple days the "tailing" condition lines up where sailfish migrate through heavily, surfing down the waves with the tips of the tails sticking up out of the water. Give us a call to book your fishing charter at Bud n' Mary's and let our guys show you a great day on the water! 305 664 2461

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

Catch 22 with some mahi and a sailfish release

Big 15 lb mutton snapper for the kid on the Gon Fishin V

57 lb amberjack on a tormenter vertical jig on the Bn'M II

Broadbill swordfish release on the Catch 22

Nice catch of "flag" yellowtail snapper and a few mahi on the Cloud Nine

Big 300 lb bull shark caught and released offshore of Islamorada on the Bn'M II


4/6/14 Early April Islamorada Backcountry Fishing Report

The spring break crowds of thinned out as we get into the prime of our tarpon fishing season here in Islamorada.  April tarpon fishing in Islamorada is still very busy for us though slightly less crowded around town.  Fishing the past few days over the weekend was pretty good.  The tarpon bite around town seemed to slow down a little bit.  We've caught a tarpon each of the last 3 morning trips though we had not been getting the big schools of fired up fish chasing out mullets.  Rather it has been a game of patience, getting a couple solid bites a trip and having to try to make the most of those.  Others guides I've talked to have reported the same thing.  Capt. John Johansen had some tarpon action the last couple mornings fishing a paired trip with me.  Capt. Perry Scuderi as well as Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti had landed a nice fish each the last days they were out.   Much of the action has been first thing in the morning.  The evening fishing has been a little better with many reporting a good bite getting nearer to sunset, which is often the case.  Capt. Jeff Beeler reported a good bite fishing a full day in the backcountry yesterday, as did Capt. Bill Bassett today who said he released 3 by 11:00 deeper in the everglades.  Capt. Jim Willcox and Capt. Ken Cohan also had tarpon action back there.  Capt. Mark Hlis fished race car driver Grant Enfinger who races  in the ARCA series and released a nice 90# tarpon on fly.  Capt. Mike Venezia has had some tarpon action releasing fish his last few trips as well.  Capt. Chris Daly reported releasing 2 fish several nights ago, and had some good sightfishing for redfish yesterday too in the skinny water.  It looks like the winds are suppose to pick back up and we are getting another minor cold front here near tuesday evening.  That may have a negative impact especially on the tarpon bite but hopefully it won't bother them too much, doesn't look like its going to get real cold.  It's still April and those things can happen early in the month.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk