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!


7/2/15 Offshore fishing report for Islamorada

A lot of Offshore boats fished the last week of June and the first couple days of July here in Islamorada. We had some great dolphin (mahi) fishing about a week ago, but it did get a little tougher the last few days. The weather was calm the last few days in June, which is partially why the dolphin fishing slowed down a little. It should pick back up after the full moon here in July,  and the steady wind we have this week should help too. Most the boats still did decent on their charters, but there were a few days where some of the boats caught lots of mahi, but unfortunately they were all undersize. The boats have been finding multiple schools of fish, but finding the right size ones has been the ticket. Overall the boats have been average 10 - 25 legal fish. We've seen a couple slammers on the dock every day as well, including some big "Bullheads" over 40 lbs. Some days you might catch schoolie dolphin most the day, and then all of a sudden a big pair of slamers suprises you and you catch that dolphin of a life time!


The blackfin tuna bite has been on and off at the humps, but the last couple days the bite seems to be getting more steady. Back on the reef the yellowtail snapper bite has been very good. The Miss Islamorada has been limiting out on yellowtail snapper on most of their trips lately too. Today they had over 300 yellowtail snapper and the day before over 200! There's been a couple mutton snappers mixed in and the mangrove snappers are biting in certain areas as well. Way offshore I've been on a handful of day time swordfish charters and we've been fortunate to land between 1 on every trip, with one trip producing 2 fish. We tagged and released a couple of the smaller fish and kept a few of the bigger fish up to 135 lbs. One day we also did some "deep drop" bottom fishing to mix things up and Capt. Scott put Derek and Andy on 2 very large golden tilefish, weighing in at 30 and 36 lbs! We don't catch many of them here, so it's always nice to catch something different.

Whether you want to go offshore chasing dolphin (mahi) , or stay on the reef for action with snapper, give the marina a call at 305 664 2461 and let them find you a great charterboat!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk




6/30/15 End of June backcountry fishing report

June is about officially over.  Boy it feels like summer time the last couple days have been as hot as it gets.  Very light southwesterly winds and water temperatures up to 92 degrees in some areas.  Luckily the fishing has still been pretty good.  Tarpon are still being found back in the everglades and a few around town.  Plenty of sharks mixed in.  Capt. John Johansen and Capt. Rick Stanczyk have both reported good tarpon action in the backcountry.  Capt. Mark Hlis has reported seeing some bonefish while sightfishing around Islamorada.  Damian White of Tampa sight fished a nice 10 lb bonefish out of a pack of 20 or so.  Capt. Skip Nielsen last week reported some good tarpon action in the backcountry.  He also had some good snook fishing with Steve Kost catching a nice one on fly, and Dave Kubert landing several on ultra light tackle.  Capt. Perry Scuderi has had a few tarpon close to home as has Capt. Mike Venzia in the last week.  Capt. Bill Bassett reported a big day a few days ago, with several mud marlin, a big cobia, sharks, and a couple tarpon.  There has been good trout and snapper action in the bays out closer to the gulf.  The deeper, cooler water seems to be providing better action this time of year drifting the grass beds and potholes.  I'll be out of town for a week or so but fishing is pretty good right now, summer time can be 'hot fishing!'

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


6/25/15 Islamorada Deep Sea Fishing Report

It's hard to believe we are already nearing the end of June fishing in Islamorada. The weather has really turned out to be pretty nice the last couple days, and the next few days look even nicer! Summer time is Mahi time and the past week we've seen some great catches and rack fulls of mahi. There's been a mixture of fish of all sizes from 2 - 40 lbs. The Islamorada Deep Sea Charter boats are finding multiple schools of fish most days, and you just have to keep going from school to school until you find the right ones. The boats have been averaging 15 - 40 fish per trip, with most of them being from 3 - 10 lbs, and a handful of bigger ones from 15 - 35 lbs. A few boats have had 1 - 3 "slammers" per trip, but a couple boats have had as many as 6 - 10! A lot of the fish have been offshore a good ways, with some boats going 30 miles, and that's why a full day is required many times! If the fish are close in you have a shot on a 1/2 day, but lately a 1/2 day fishing charter wouldn't get you where most of the mahi are.

There's still been a few "bonus" fish trolling, including a couple wahoo and 2 white marlin the past week, One on the Bn'M and one on the Catch 22. The blackfin tuna bite slowed down a little from what it was, but there's still some around so if you want some tuna for sushi or for the grill you still have a shot at getting some "footballs" around the hump.


The reef bite has been good most of the days with lots of yellowtail snapper, some mangrove snapper, a couple mutton snapper, and a few hogfish. The mangrove snapper are really going to turn on here with the full moon coming up, so keep that in mind. There's also been some barracuda around which are always fun to catch. Way offshore I've been on four swordfish trips, One trip producing 2 fish, two trips with 1 fish, and unfortunately one trip with 0 fish, although we had one close to the boat. The biggest fish was 117 lbs and the smallest was 40 lbs.

Just to put things in perspective how fishing changes over night and from day to day the picture above was when I fished with Capt. Dave on the Gimme Jimmy a couple days ago, we caught a bunch of big mahi and a swordfish. Everything worked out perfect and it was one of those days everyone onboard will remember. But things changed over night  and the next day I headed out to the same area we didn't see any big mahi and lost a couple swordfish. They call it fishing for a reason and there are no guarantees, but that's why I always say you should book two days...

Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 and let us find a good boat for your next fishing charter.

Tight Lines

Capt Nick Stanczyk



6/22/15 Islamorada Backcountry Fishing Report

The weather has been very nice and fishing has been good overall in the backcountry of Islamorada.  Capt. Rick Stanczyk has reported very good summe time tarpon fishing in the everglades backcountry.  Lots of smaller fish mostly 'the residents' in the 30 to 60 lb range.  It's been very good most days we just had a bit of a lull though the last couple days they have started to show back up and are biting well.  The morning and evening trips around town are slowing down for tarpon there can still be some good fishing though some of the big groups of migrating fish seem to have moved on.  Capt. Gunner Guthrie had a joint trip with Capt. Rick yesterday and they got a nice tarpon plus several hammerhead and blacktip sharks.  Capt. Rick Stancyzk has had several good days snook fishing too they landed half a dozen today.  Capt. Rick had Barry and Sarah Cross they landed multiple backcountry SLAMS (snook, redfish, tarpon) and had a wonderful day fishing.  He also reported a beast 150 lb tarpon yesterday that dragged them 4 miles and they landed after 2.5 hours!  Capt. Mark Hlis last week had a nice 15 lb permit and 13 lb redfish sightfishing on a half day.  11 year old jack caught the permit, and Mitch caught the redish tailing in 6" of water.  Jo landed several nice bonefish including an 11 lber with Capt. Richard Stanczyk Sr.  Capt. Skip Nielsen has reported some good action with tarpon in the backcountry and some snook as well.  Capt. Skip also reported some good days bonefishing he had Dr. Mark Harris from Isle of Man with his first ever bonefish.   Tom and Wendy Sims had snook, tarpon, and snapper with Skip, and Dave, John, and Kate had bonefish, pompano, snapper, and some sharks.  Fishing should continue to stay good through the summer.  With consistent weather conditions the fish should stay happy and this can offer anglers great opportunities!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


6/17/15 Mid June Offshore Fishing Report

June is flying by here while offshore fishing in Islamorada! We are already past the mid way point and we've had lots of fish stories made here the past week at Bud n' Mary's. The wind finally let up a little the last few days so the ocean is calming down, but it was definitely windy and a little rough here at the end of last week and over the weekend. Unfortunately we had a few slow days on the mahi, where a lot of boats really struggled finding fish, or keeper size fish I should say. Lots of boats were finding big schools of mahi, but the problem was many of the fish didn't make the 20'' minimum size limit. A lot of boats just had a few mahi they could keep, although a couple boats still did good and had 15 - 20 fish. There was a couple "slammers" on the dock each day from 20 - 30 lbs, and a few gaffers from 10 - 15 lbs.


The good news is the fishing really picked up the last couple days here! Yesterday we saw quite a few "gaffers" hanging up and a lot of boats each had a couple "slammers", incluidng some real nice bulls. The blackfin tuna bite has been very steady the past week here around the humps. Pretty much all "footballs", but still great eating and great fighters on light tackle. When trolling you never know what you'll catch and we saw a couple wahoos here the past week, and the Gon Fishin V caught and released a 150 lb blue marlin yesterday!

There's been a few tripletail hanging around the floating debris as well. Back on the reef the yellowtail snapper bite has been very good the last few days. Almost all the boats that anchored down limited out on snapper. Some of the boats are getting in on the mangrove snapper spawn too. I saw a few big mangs that were 20" - 22" on the fillet tables. We should see more mangrove snapper each week here the next couple months. There's still a couple black grouper around the reef and wrecks, as well as a few real nice mutton snapper. We had some nice mutton snapper from 10 - 14 lbs hanging up on the racks for the boats that did reef trips. The Miss Islamorada Party boat has been doing great on their trips with tons of snapper, and they even had a nice 30 lb cobia that swam up into their chum slick. You really just never know what you'll catch off Islamorada.

Way offshore I've done a few daytime swordfishing trips, with each trip producing one fish. We tagged and released two juvenile broadbill , and we kept one for dinner that was 110 lbs. If you want to take a gamble and try your luck for a swordfish we are getting into the season where the weather and fishing is usually consistent. It's call big game fishing for a reason though, and you're not going to get one every day.


The summer is a great time to fish here in Islamorada for a lot of species, so give the office a call at 1 800 742 7945 and set up a fishing trip.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Nick Stanczyk