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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!


7/30/14 end of July Deep Sea Fishing Report

A lot of offshore boats fished the past few days here deep sea fishing in July in Islamorada. Mahi Mahi have still been the main target, and overall it's still been pretty good. Every boat that has put in a full day of Mahi fishing has done at least decent, and a few boats have still been doing very well. Some boats have found big pieces of debris and caught their limit in one stop, while other boats been searching for the migrating fish which the birds help us find. Some of the schools of fish have been "gaffers" ( 6 - 12 lbs) , some have been big schoolies and some schools have been "shakers" (which we shake off next to the boat because they are undersize). The dolphin (mahi)  fishing takes patience many days, and you may have a few hours of boredom while you search around for fish, but the boats that have been sticking it out have been finding the fish eventually. The boats have been average 15 - 40 fish, and there's still been a couple "slammers" (20 + lb mahi) on the dock between all the boats each day as well. The blackfin tuna bite on the humps has been fair, a lot of boats are catching a few for dinner, and there's also been plenty of skipjack tuna. There's also a few big dusky sharks on the humps now. The "deep dropping" (deep water bottom fishing) in 400 - 700' has been producing blueline tilefish and a couple yellowedge grouper. A lot of boats which have had 1/2 day charters have been staying on the reef the lat few days and there's been a fair bite of yellowtail snapper, plenty of mangrove snapper, a couple mutton snapper and a few king mackerel. I think we will still see plenty of mahi in August, but the fall months the last few years have been great for the "blackfin blitz". We should see lots of blackfin tuna out there while fishing here in August. Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 and let us set you up on a charter while in the Florida Keys!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

Buzz on with the big bull of the week with a 46 lber

Capt. Nick helping shoot a show with Bass2Billfish with Host Peter Miller and Wild Bill from Dealiest Catch


225 lb dusky shark caught on the hump on a live tuna

Lots of action with mahi on the Reel McCoy

Family fishing trip with plenty of mahi, a few tilefish, and a tuna appetizer!

15 lb tasty yellowedge grouper from 600' of water

Gimme Jimmy showed this family a great time on the water

Cynthia caught this 42 lb bull with long time Bud n' Mary's Customter Paul on their boat while on Vacation here in Islamorada



7/29/14 End of July inshore fishing report islamorada

The last several days july fishing islamorada have been fairly calm yesterday being flat calm and very, very hot!  Water temperatures in the backcountry are close to 90 degrees which can lead to inconsistent fishing.  Oddly enough for myself the better fishing for me the last couple days was in the last couple hours of our day.  I've been getting an early start at 6 AM to make the run into the back and catch bait.  Still tarpon fishing mostly in the mornings, though the bite has really been inconsistent.  Last couple days not much action but a few sharks in the mornings, saw plenty of tarpon but they just would not bite.  Yesterday though we did get a couple nice tarpon in the afternoon and several different sharks.  Today we did not see tarpon rolling though the wind had kicked up a bit out of the west, but fished a couple different areas and again no bites but some sharks.  But 3 days ago we went 3 for 4 on the tarpon and fishing was really good in the morning.  After no luck tarpon fishing this morning we ended up chumming up the pilchards pretty good, netting a well full, and then after some searching finally got into a good snook bite landing half a dozen or so and losing another half dozen to pulled hooks or sharks.  Lost a real nice snook at the boat today 10 lbs or better to a big shark but at least we got to see him up close and personal!  Also got a few nice size snappers and jumped a baby tarpon.  Capt. John Johansen reported similar fishing a few sharks and a tarpon bite or two the last few trips, we're really having to put the time in!  His anglers landed a couple nice tarpon yesterday.  Capt. Jeff Beeler was doing some promotional footage today and they found a school of baby tarpon way in the shallow water and got one on fly, one on artificial, and also caught one on bait.  Capt. Jim Willcox had some snapper and jack action yesterday, and caught a few snook on artifcial jerkbaits fishing the beaches of cape sable.  The next few days we look to have southwesterly winds, the breeze will be nice but that is definitely a hot, muggier wind.  Mini season is here so a lot of people will be doing that, be careful out on the water!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


7/24/14 A few monster Bull's plus plenty of more mahi and tuna

We've seen a handful of real quality mahi here the past week. I know of 4 big bulls weighed in at Bud n' Mary's throughout the week including a 40 lber on the Catch 22, a 44 lber on the Gimme Jimmy, a 46 lber on the Relentless and we managed a 57 lber on the Bn'M II! These monsters are heard earned, and there's no guarantees you'll find one, but when you do you'll remember it. The one we caught on the Bn'M II was the biggest one I caught here my entire life, so it just goes to show you that any day can be the day where you get the catch of a life time. Overall the mahi fishing has been good. There's been a few slower days where some boats struggled, but the good news is there's been quite a few blackfin tuna around, which they were able to catch around the humps. I would say the boats are averaging 15 - 30 mahi per day, including schoolies in the 3 - 5 lb range, quite a few "gaffers" in the 6 - 12 lb range (big enough where we use a gaff to boat them), and there's been a few slammers each day spready out amongst the fleet. When you fish for mahi it is similar to hunting, where you have to look hard many days and "hunt" around. It may be quite for hours, but if you find that one piece of "magical debris" or a set of birds, you can make your entire trip in just one occurence. It takes patience, and you can't give up easily. There's also been some sharks around lately, including some big dusky's, hammerheads, and we caught a rare big eye thresher shark the other day while daytime swordfishing. The daytime swordfishing has been a little tough the last week, but we did manage one nice fish a couple trips ago around 160 lbs. We've been having some summer thunderstorms passing through each day, but after a little rain and clouds the sun has been coming back out. I think we will keep seeing the mahi the next few weeks with consistency, so give us a call in the tackle shop and let us set you up with an Islamorada Offshore Charter boat. 305 664 2461.

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

57 lb bull mahi on the Bn'M II with anlger Marshall Dodson in the center.

Fearless with a bunch of schoolie mahi and a couple gaffers

Catch 22 with a handful of "slammers" including a 40 lb bull and plenty of nice schoolies

3 nice slammers at the same time for Cloud Nine

350 lb big eye thresher shark before release

pair of "football" blackfin tuna. Great for sushi or the grill!

Reef shark for this young lady on the Buzz On

Predator with a nice slammer, some schoolies and a few snappers

Nice swordfish for Michele

"munster hunter" capt. Dave Jones on the Gimme Jimmy with a 44 lb bullhead

46 lb slammer on the Relentless



7/23/14 July Backcountry Inshore Fishing Report

Just got back in town after being gone for a week.  Fishing has still been decent in the backcountry though the last few days things have gotten a little tougher apparently.  While I was away some of the guys had some good tarpon action including Capt. Ben Ekblom, Capt. John Johansen, Capt. Chris Daly, and Capt. Jeff Beeler.  Capt. Ben had a good morning on the 17th catching multiple tarpon close to home.  The smaller everglades fish have been around though hit or miss - some days there in one channel, some days they are in another!  Also there had been some action close to home on the falling tides with tarpon.  Today Capt. Clyde Upchurch had a few nice size snook and some snappers for dinner.  Myself and Capt. John Johansen had some action with sharks though not much luck with the tarpon.  We found some mullet first thing in the AM and got one good crack on them.  Later in the day the pilchards came up very good as well and we caught about 6 dozen, though there was not much action with the snook only had a couple snook bites and hit almost a dozen different spots.  Capt. Jeff Beeler did find some tarpon and caught 1 and finished his morning trip with a handful of trout.  Capt. Jim Willcox had some good fishing several days ago deep in the everglades with redfish and some snook.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


7/16/14 Mid July Islamorada Deep Sea Fishing Report

We've seen some great fish caught here the last few days while fishing in Islamorada. Mahi have still been the main target for most the boats, and every boat that has gone offshore has got in on the action! Each day is little different, with some days producing more big fish (aka "slammers" which are 20+ lb mahi) than others. Today about 1/2 the boats had a slammer or two, and the other half had plenty of nice schoolies and a few medium size "gaffers". A few days ago most of the boats had at least a couple big fish, and some boats had 6 - 8 big fish and then schoolies to go along with them. These have been full days charters for the most part, although some of the smaller and faster boats are getting in on the mahi action on 1/2 day trips. The boats on full day trips have had anywhere from 20 - 40 legal fish. There's been some big schools of undersize fish as well, and the boats will catch a few for fun, but typically move on to try to find legal size fish. A legal mahi is 20'' to the fork of the tail. Back on the reef the mangrove snappers are biting for the Miss Islamorada Party boat, and a few charter boats have fished the reef and got yellowtail snapper, a couple king mackerel, and a few mutton snapper. No boats have swordfished the past week, but we got a couple boats going the next few days so we'll see what they bring back. Today was the first day I fished in a week after taking some time off after slight shoulder injury, and with the calm weather we decided to head out on Sara's pathfinder bay boat. It was quite the first hour and we almost gave up, but then we caught a few small mahi, keeping a couple for dinner. About 30 minutes later we found another set of birds working. Sara hooked a nice cow around 20 lbs and then my stepdad Tim hooked a big bull on 15lb spin tackle. It took about 30 minutes and we got a gaff shot. The fish weighed in at 42 lbs and just goes to show you that a slow day fishing can turn into the trip of a lifetime in just a matter of minutes. So get down here and get in on the action while it's hot! Give us a call in the marina office at 305 664 2461 and let us set you up with a fishing charter!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

44 lb bull mahi (dolphinfish) on the Relentless

Catch 22 with a rack of slammers, gaffers, and schoolies

42 lb bull for my stepdad Tim. Biggest mahi of his life!

Fearless with a big bull and plenty of schoolies to go along with it

long time Bud n' Mary's customers on their boat the "peanut" with a 40 lb bull and a nice cow

Limit of mahi mahi on the Strictly Business!