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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4/10/15 April Islamorada Backcountry Fishing Report

Been super busy and had some work done at the house so I lost my office for 10 days and didn't have time to do an update.  Anyways fishing has been pretty good overall in the backcountry of Islamorada this April.  It's been very windy the last week and being early April most guys are doing the tarpon thing.  That is in full swing right now and the fish don't seem to mind the wind especially for the bait fisherman.  There has been good schools of fish in the local channels, around the bridges, in the backcountry, and even plenty moving around in the 'fly fishing lanes.'  Mullet has been the bait of choice and before the full moon they were very plentiful.  The last few days bait has been a little tougher - not seeing so many of the big giant 'balls' of baits we see around locally.  But hopefully they will return soon.  Capt. Skip Nielsen, Capt. Jeff Beeler, Capt. Rick Stanczyk, Capt. Bill Bassett, Capt. John Johansen, Capt. Mike Venezia, Capt. Mike Bassett, Capt. Chris Daly, and more have all reported their share of good tarpon fishing in the last week.  Capt. Bill did report getting a nice fish on fly yesterday afternoon.  Capt. Rick had a great day the other day with multiple tarpon and a 30 lb cobia.  Capt. Mike Venezia had some nice reds a little over a week ago back in the flamingo area.  Capt. Mike Bassett got a couple nice snook yesterday.  Capt. Dave Sisung reported a nice tarpon today and got a few cobia off a big nurse shark, plus some snappers for dinner.  Anyways spring is here and for the most part that means big fish.  Guides are starting to do night trips on a regular basis.  If your looking to catch the 'silver king' now is the time and we can often set something up short notice with the evenings available now.  That is a great time to go.  We also work with Grey's Taxidermy if you decide you want to save that trophy fish on your wall for a lifetime (there is not need to kill a fish for this either!)  

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


4/8/15 Early April Deep Sea Fishing Report

We're already through the first week of April fishing at Bud n' Mary's in Islamorada. It's spring time fishing, with a little mix of everything. Each day the fishing is a different, with one day being good for some fish and slow the next, but if you're ready for everything you'll have a good day on your charter. We saw a couple days with some sailfish releases which was a nice suprise since it had been a little slow for them the past few weeks. A few boats had 1 - 3 releases a few days in a row. I don't think the sailfishing will be super consistent any more till next winter, but I do think we'll see a few here and there, and hopefully we get "tailing" conditions where sailfish and cobia migrate down a color change (if the wind and current line up just right). The reef fishing has been steady with yellowtail snapper, a few mutton snapper, a few mangrove snapper, and some grouper releases. The permit are showing up on the wrecks and that will be an option if you stay near the reef. There's been a few cobia the past week following the stingrays, but you definitely have to put your time in looking for them, or just get lucky and find a school. Further offshore we have seen the mahi bite good a few days and slow some other days. It should only get more consistent the next few weeks. On the good days some boats had 3 - 4 slammers in the 20 - 25 lb range, and other fish in the 3 - 15 lb range. If you are fortunate and find floating debris there's been some tripletail and wahoo on them as well. The blackfin tuna have been on the hump a few days, but they are really just starting to show up. There's been some big amberjacks over 50 lbs lately as well as some big sharks including bulls, hammerheads, duskys, and tigers. Way offshore I made it out on a couple daytime swordfishing trips and it's been a little rough, but we released 2 broadbill today, and our friends Garrett and Barry teamed up to catch a 283 lber! The next few months are a great time to try your luck for them if you've ever wanted to catch one. Give the marina a call at 305 664 2461 to book your next offshore fishing adventure!

Capt Nick Stanczyk

283 lb swordfish for the Green family on the Bn'M II 

Nice "bullhead" mahi today

Gimme Jimmy with wahoo, dolphin, snapper, and kingfish

Great catch of mahi including some "slammers" on the Catch 22

permit release for the Bn'M

45 lb amberjack caught and released

barracuda release while reef fishing

Mahi, wahoo, and a monster 15 lb tripletail for the Buzz On

Pair of queen snapper deep dropping off Islamorada

1 out of a triple header sailfish caught on the Gon Fishin V


3/31/15 End of March Offshore Fishing 

It seemed like winter was over last week, but sure enough we got another cold front last Friday afternoon and it shook things up. We had calm and stable weather before it, but then the wind changed from light south east to due north. The temperature dropped a some for a couple days, but it's warming back up now and the wind is getting back around and should be light from the east the next couple days. The last few days has been a little tough on the deep sea fishing charters. A few boats have had decent catches, but it's been hard work and lots of different target species. I'm certain the fishing will pick up the next few days as conditions become more stable and everything adjusts. Last week before the front there was a few good catches of mahi, with some school size fish in the 3 - 5 lb range, as well as a few slammers over 20 lbs, including one big 40 lbs bull! There was only a few mahi caught by a couple of the boats the past few days, but I expect some good catches again soon!

Gimme Jimmy with a great spring time catch of mahi

40 lb "Bullhead" mahi on the Man O War

There's been a couple "football" blackfin tuna around on the humps, as well as quite a few big amberjack down deep. If you want to catch something that pulls hard, a big AJ should be on the bucket list. There's been quite a few fish from 30 - 60 lbs. Following the big AJ's are Sharks too. The Buzz On released an estimated 450 lb tiger shark last week, and a couple boats have released bull sharks pushing 250 lbs! Some of the floating debris has had nice tripletail hiding below it too. The Man O War also was trolling for mahi a few days back and saw a blue marlin chasing some schoolie mahi. They ran over and hooked an 180 lb blue marlin on a live blue runner on a spinning rod! After an hour fight they had the fish boatside for some pics! No we don't catch a lot of marlin here, but the saying goes "if it swims in the atlantic you always have a chance in Islamorada".

Many boats have been staying on the reef for a somewhat safer bet at action throughout the day, but it's still been work for sure. There's been some yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper, and a couple mutton snapper. If you can catch live bait in the morning there's been a few king mackerel around the wrecks, and a couple sailfish spread out. There hasn't been a lot of sailfish the past week, but the Reel McCoy did release 2 late this afternoon, and the Kalex had 1 release. A couple boats have found schools of cobia the last couple days, but it's been a patience game searching for them. Last week a few boats found schools as well, some rays with small fish and a couple rays with big fish. 

47 lb cobia on Bn'M II with Capt. Nick Stanczyk

15 lb mutton snapper while reef fishing

3 cobias at the end of the day on the Reel McCoy including a 47 lber

There's been a few broadbill swordfish around lately too. The Bn'M caught 1 fish today and lost another on the leader, and the Bn'M II had 2 fish last Friday before the front. The late spring is a decent time for swordfish, and the summer should only be better and more consistent.

Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 to book your next fishing charter and we'll find a great boat for you! Tight Lines,

Capt. Nick Stanczyk



3/28/15 Late March Backcountry Fishing Report

Well the calm winds and stellar conditions couldn't last forever.  We had a cold front come in last night and tonight it is suppose to get down in the low 60s.  Yesterday the wind blew hard southwest, today it was 20-25 out of the north for most the morning.  Fishing yesterday was still very good.  Capt. Skip Nielsen, Capt. Jeff Beeler, and Capt. Rick Stanczyk all had great live bait tarpon fishing yesterday at the bridges.  They all reported multiple fish landed and constant action with the live mullets getting blown up by tarpon of all sizes.  Capt. Bill Bassett had a good day in the backcountry yesterday too landing multiple fish, today however he said it slowed down a bit back there with the hard north wind and slight temperature drop.  Capt. Rick Stanczyk fished around town today and they had good action on the patches with porgy and a few nice hogfish, plus some giant bar jacks that were in the 10 lb range, plus a nice tarpon and couple sharks to finish.  Capt. Jeff Beeler had several tarpon bites and landed a nice 150 lb fish close to home plus several sharks today.  A few days ago Capt. Jim Willcox had a banner day in the gulf landing double digit permit, plus cobia, tripletail, goliath grouper, and more.  Capt. Rick had a nice 20 lb permit caught on a live crab off a wreck too.  Capt. John Johansen had good tarpon and shark fishing in the backcountry for a few days and good live bait fishing for tarpon in Islamorada.  Capt. Perry Scuderi had a day and night trip a few days ago, landing a nice tarpon on each trip.  Capt. Mike Venezia has had solid tarpon action fishing the local channels as well.  Capt. Mike Bassett said they had good action at the bridges a few days ago with tarpon as well.  This cold may slow them down for a few days, however hopefully the water temperature won't drop too much as to push them out.  As we enter April that is usually prime time for live mullet fishing for tarpon.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


3/22/15 March Islamorada Deep Sea Fishing Report 

It's been one of the nicest weeks of weather we have seen here in a long time! Especially for the spring time, which is usually fairly windy month. It has litterally been almost slick calm the last 6 days, with variable winds. There's been some great fish caught the past week fishing in Islamorada at Bud n' Mary's Marina. I'm gonna start with a couple I caught, not only cause I write the fishing reports, but because they were two of the most memorable fish I've ever caught here. A few days back I had Jim and his family out for a daytime swordfish charter. This isn't my favorite time of year by any means for broadbill swordfish, but it's fishing and you always have a chance with a bait in the water. The morning was slow without any bites, but we finally got a bite and hooked up around lunch time. I had no idea what we hooked, until it swam up to the boat. It was a big swordfish, a giant swordfish. Jim wanted to release a swordfish if we caught one, but I could see blood so I knew the fish was hooked deep. I grabbed a couple gaffs and we stuck the fish. It was a short fight of 30 minutes for such a big fish, and the giant weighed in at 468.5 lbs! When you go big game fishing you never know when you will catch that fish of a lifetime! One bite separates the good days from the bad days.

On St. Patrick's Day I had 12 year old Ben out for a fishing trip with his family. It was a birthday fishing trip, and he got a birthday gift! His brother caught and released about a 200 lb bull shark first. But then it was Ben's turn to try for shark. I said a few JAWS quotes, and we waited for a bite. Moments later the reel started screaming and a 400 lb mako shark came up jumping! We don't catch a lot of mako's here, maybe 1 or 2 a year between the fleet, so we are excited when we get them. After 20 minutes Ben had the beast boatside. We took a few good pictures and decided to release the shark to fight another day.

There's still been some big amberjacks around the humps and wrecks too. The Stritcly Business weighed in one of the biggest of all time at the marina with a massive 121.7 lber recently. There's been quite a few others in the 40 - 70 range as well. They are one of the hardest fighting fish around, so if you want a workout you should do battle with one!

There's been a few really good catches of mahi lately too. I'm not going to say it's time to go offshore looking for mahi every day, because about 1/2 the boats do well, averaging 10 - 20 fish, but some boats aren't finding them. It's still a gamble for sure. There's been quite a few nice schoolie size fish in the 3 - 6 lb range, a few medium fish up to 12 lbs, and today there was some fish over 20 lbs hanging up.

Nice 20 lb cow mahi on the Fearless

There's also been an unusual amount of wahoo around. Usually they are more of a "bonus" fish, with the occasional one here and there. Lately though we have had multiple boats each day catching them, with fish from 10 - 30 lbs on average, and the Catch 22 had one real big one at 49 lbs a few days back. I'm not sure how long they will stick around for, but with the calm weather expected a few more days I think we'll see some more. The boats that have been able to catch live bait have been doing well on the kingfish too. A few boats have been limiting out, and many boats are catching a handful on the edge of the reef.

There hasn't been many cobia the last couple days caught, a few days ago there was some nice fish following the stingrays inside the reef. You just really have to be patient and put your time in looking. Sometimes you get lucky and find a school of fish within minutes, and other days you ride around looking for hours with no luck. Some fish have been undersize, but there has been some nice fish in the 25 - 40 lb range mixed in.

The yellowtail snapper bite has been fair lately. The water has been pretty clear, which makes it a little tougher. If you work hard at it though, you can definitely catch a bucket full of yellowtail. Further offshore there's also been some football size blackfin tuna. Give the office a call at 305 664 2461 to book your next fishing trip!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk