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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!

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8/24/14 Deep Sea Fishing in August

It was another pretty week with good weather here at Bud n' Mary's Marina in Islamorada, Florida. Yesterday was a really busy day where almost every deep sea charter fishing boat got out, and everybody had action with fish! A few days back the mahi bite slowed down, but then it turned right back on again for many of the boats the last couple days. I think during the upcoming weeks we will see that, with some really good days with lots of action and then some slow days mixed in. The majority of the fish have been schoolies with a few gaffers mixed in, and then there has been a few slammers combined amongst the fleet. You never know when that big 40 lb bull is gonna swim up! The mahi fishing usually isn't quite as consistent when we get into September and October, but the good news is that the blackfin tuna have showed up in big numbers on the humps! There's been plenty of "footballs" from 3 - 10 lbs, with a couple big ones over 20 lbs mixed in. We use light tackle for the tuna, so even a 10 lb blackfin on a 15 lb spinning rod puts up a great fight! A few boats got in on the daytime swordfish action the past few days as well, and the Fall is really my favorite time of year for them! We caught two fish my last trip on the Bn'M II which was a few days back, the biggest at 120 lbs, and both the Bn'M and Cloud Nine each got fish this week. Back on the reef there's been a mix of yellowtail, mangrove, and mutton snapper. The boats that found current and dirtier water have been doing the best. There's also been some fish on the wrecks outside the reef. The Redfish caught a nice suprise african pompano yesterday while live baiting. We have plenty of open charter boats the next few weeks since the busy season of people is winding down, so give us a call and get out fishing when there's not some many other boats out there! 305 664 2461!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

120 lb swordfish aboard the Bn'M II

Man O War with a great catch of mahi including a few nice slammers!

The Buzz On caught this pair of big blackfins and plenty of others along with some mahi the other day

First Mate Matt holds up a nice african pompano aboard the Redfish

Capt. Joey from the Fearless holds up an unusual "pompano dolphin" (notice the round body shape)

Cloud Nine with a daytime swordfish they caught today!

The Gimme Jimmy caught plenty of mahi this trip along with a big bull and cow

Plenty of blackfin tuna, skipjack tuna, and mahi for the Fearless

Big Blackfin tuna aboard the Reel McCoy





8/19/14 Islamorada offshore fishing in August

It was another good week here in Islamorada fishing offshore at Bud n' Mary's Marina. Our busy season with customers is finally slowing down this week, but last weekend most the boats were still all booked! It's been a great season here and I think everybody in town is ready for a little break, as well as a little time to relax. I knew it the blackfin tunas were due to show up any day, and the last few days they have made an appearance! We haven't had a ton of live bait to chump them up to the surface, but the good news is the boats have been catching plenty on the troll with dead bait and articial lures. A few days were better than others, with boats having from 10 - 18 blackfin tunas, and the last day or two was still fair, with boats having a handful. Most the fish have been "footballs" in the 4 - 10 lb range, but there was a few in the 15 - 18 lb range too, which are great fighters on light tackle. The mahi bite the last couple days has been a little slower, most the boats had 8 - 10 fish today, but over last weekend we still saw some good fishing with boats having 10 - 40 fish. Most the fish are "schoolies" and "gaffers" from 3 - 12 lbs, but there's still been a handful of nice "slammers", including big bulls to 30 lbs and nice cows up to 25 lbs. The bigger ones are spread out, and you never know when you're gonna hook a big "slammer". There's been a few small wahoos around the floating debris offshore lately as well, and a few tripletail. Which I would consider bonus fish. The boats that have been daytime swordfishing have been getting a shot or two each trip as well, but you just have to make the most of each bite in order to have a successful trip. We caught 1 our last trip, and Capt. Charlie caught 1 today. The reef has been very good fishing lately too. The yellowtail snapper and mangrove snapper bite has been very good. There's also been a couple mutton snappers around. The Miss Islamorada party fishing boat has been doing very well lately on the mangrove snappers on the edge of the reef. The next few weeks are still going to be good fishing, and the mahi bite may be on and off, but I think the tuna's should only get better each week here. Give the office a call to book a charter and we'll find the best boat for you! 305 664 2461

I had a special trip last Saturday on the Bn'M II. Around 7 years ago I was fishing with some of my good friends from college and they brought one of their high school buddies, Devin. He wound up catching a nice swordfish at night. About 5 years ago Devin was in a terrible car accident, but he managed to pull through when everyone thought he might not. He's worked very hard and has made a tremendous recovery to be where he is today. He always loved to fish, and his family said he wanted to come down to they Keys and go back out on the boat. So we loaded up the wheel chair and headed out. We told a few fishing stories, made a few jokes about our mutual fishing friend Jack, and started trolling. The whole family caught fish, we caught around 15 mahis, including one nice bull at 26 lbs, and some gaffers around 10 lbs. After that we went deep dropping in 500' and caught a few blueline tilefish and a yellowedge grouper. Devin had his Notre Dame hat on, and made a few jokes about my Miami Hurricanes, but I still took all the bones out of the fillets. We made it an early day since it was hot out, but it was great to see him again and even better that everyone caught fish. Don't let anything stop you, or any of your friends or family. We have a bunch of great captains at Bud n' Mary's and they'll do whatever it takes to show your group an enjoyable day on the water.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

Family fishing trip with Devin on the Bn'M II with a nice bull

Devin and his family will be eating good for a while! Mahi, tilefish, grouper, and wahoo!

Fire up the Grill! Blackfin tunas and mahi on the Buzz On for this charter


100 mangrove snappers for the Miss Islamorada!

Croft with a big 11 lb tripletail they caught swimming around debris aboard the Buzz On

Glen with a swordfish on Bn'M II before releasing it to fight another day

Gimme Jimmy showed this group a great time with plenty of mahi including a nice "slammer"

Man O War with some "gaffers" from 7 - 14 lbs

Relentless hit a few big schools of mahi and limited out on schoolies and a few "gaffers"



8/17/14 Florida Keys Backcountry Fishing in August

Getting into mid august florida keys backcountry fishing and the early mornings have still been productive.  Most guides are happy to fish a half or 3/4 day this time of year and you likely will be too.  We've had predominantly southerly winds which don't exactly have that cool, refreshing and things have been pretty hot and muggy!  Anyways this past week I've been doing a lot of tarpon fishing in the everglades and still and that has actually been fairly good and consistent.  We've been getting fish every trip in the last 10 days with a handful of shots each trip and plenty of action to keep you busy with sharks.   Capt. John Johansen has reported good tarpon and shark action fishing some of the backcountry channels too. Most of these summer islamorada tarpon we are fishing way back in the everglades 20-30 miles, so a 3/4 day is often the minimum required.  Though it may still be possible to do a half day trip 'around town' in the early morning or evening just call and ask! As I stated the good fishing is mostly in the morning, so you kind of have to really choose what you want to have the best shot at - whether it be bending the rod and having contant action (great for kids), or going for a more elusive species such as the tarpon where you may have to put some time in.  Since I've been doing the latter just about every day, most days where we've continued fishing later in the day things are a little slower but you can still usually bend the rod a bit.  The near-gulf has had some good muds with a mix of trout and ladyfish, however it's a slower pick with these guys though I've talked to some who have said it's much more action earlier in the morning.  Capt. Dave Morris on the Fishwife has had some good rod bending trips back there and been able to get a good catch for the cooler put together.  Snapper fishing is often a good bet as we've been able to get them rallying just about any time of day.  Using larger chunks of cut bait has produced some larger snappers and adds another level of difficulty as it takes a little bit of a feel to hook and catch those guys on the bigger baits!  The snook fishing around the islands and shorelines has been fair.  The pilchards which were prevalent in the gulf last month for our summer florida keys fishing charters have been much more hit or miss, though you can usually get some pinfish if nothing else and still have a shot at getting a few snook.  Elsewhere up on the flats around flamingo the redfishing is very good early in the morning too with a good mix of small and large fish, and some guides reporting schools of 100s of fish.  I have not heard of other gulf reports though often that can be good fishing this time of year too for permit, goliath grouper, cobia, and other species.  Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti had a great day in his microskiff today fishing with Will Hudson.  He caught a nice bonefish, permit, and redfish all sightfishing in Islamorada.  That's great!  Capt. Ben Ekblom also had a good day with clients they caught limit of nice size mangrove snappers, big barracudas, and tarpon, all close to home!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


8/14/14 mid August deep sea fishing in Islamorada 

What a summer it has been with weather! The seas have been calm to moderate (at most), and the skies have been clear lately. Sure we had some rain and thunder storms a week or two ago, but it has been gorgeous lately. Most the boats have still been venturing out offshore in search of mahi the past week. The bite has been fair. A few of the days were good for all the boats, some days were a little tough for the boats, and a couple days some boats did well and some boats struggled. I would say the boats have been averaging 10 - 30 fish on full days. A few boats caught just a few mahi on some trips, but a few boats hit big schools and had 40+ fish. The fish have been all sizes too. Most the fish have been schoolies and gaffers from 3 - 12 lbs, but theres been some slammers in the mix too. The Redfish weighed a 42 lb bull one day, and the Gon Fishin had a 37 lb Bull another day. With the bulls have been nice cows in the 18 - 25 lb range too. August can still be a very good month for mahi, but as a general rule as we approach the fall months the mahi bite usually tapers off and becomes a little more widespread. The "blackfin tuna blitz" hasn't really turned on yet, but a few boats have caught some on the humps. I do think any day we will start seeing boats with 10 - 20 tunas on the rack, but it just hasn't happened yet. On the floating debris there's been a few wahoo down deep too. Back on the reef there's been a great yellowtail snapper bite, with a few mangroves and mutton snappers mixed in too. On the wrecks there's been a few king mackerel and jacks as well. I've also been out on 4 daytime swordfishing trips the last week and caught broadbill swordfish on 3 of 4 trips (one trips we had 2 fish and the other 2 we had one fish). They've been from 60 - 115 lbs. The Kalex also released a swordfish a few days ago.  Between the decent mahi and tuna bite offshore, and the good snapper bite on the reef, you need to get down here and set up an  Islamorada Fishing Trip! Give the office a call at 305 664 2461 and we'll find you a great boat. Also if you are looking for another activity for the family while on vacation besides just fishing, check out Capt. Sara and her Lobster Charters the next couple months. She been catching plenty for dinner on her trips!


I also have my boat, Bn'M II, listed for sale, so if anyone is interested in a 36' sportfish express you should take a look at her. I'm looking to get a bigger sportfish.


Capt. Nick Stanczyk


Jeff's first swordfish on the Bn'M II

Man O War had an awesome day with a couple slammers, nice gaffers and some nice blackfin tunas!

Fearless had a blast with all these mahis

Mahis, Rainbow runners, a tripletail and a wahoo!

Nice mutton snapper while reef fishing on the Cloud Nine

This lucky lady caught a nice 37 lb bull on the gon fishin V

20 lb cow dolphin (mahi)

Jason and Rachel from Texas caught this broadbill after a long fight off Islamorada

These kids caught dinner on the man o war with mahi and snapper!

Capt. Sara shows off a nice catch of lobster from a recent charter on her boat





8/12/14 Mid August Backcountry Fishing Report

Well we are well into august fishing islamorada and really starting to feel the heat!  Myself along with several other guides have been getting an earlier start this time of year.  Depending what you are targetting and bait that is required, it is often a good bet to leave the dock as soon as possible.  I've still been doing a lot of florida keys summer tarpon fishing but we are running a good 30 miles into the backcountry.  Mullet have been fairly consistent still in certain areas and my morning routine usually includes making a couple throws of the cast net for them, then off to the fishing grounds.  The last couple days we had multiple tarpon each trip, the couple days before that just singles - of course that is fishing some days are better than others.  I also had a nice tarpon, and couple of big snook, goliaths, and more with Thierry from Switzerland.  But with the consistent weather I imagine fishing should stay decent through the rest of august back there.  Shark action has been consistent too.  Capt. John Johansen has also reported good tarpon and shark action in the backcountry, he had some multi-tarpon days as well.  Capt. Ted Wilson has also been doing the deep everglades tarpon routine and been having luck as well.  I had small cobias a couple days too eating cut mullet, and also some action with goliath groupers, and a few snook still here and there.  Snappers have still been pretty good in the bays and with cut bait you can catch some nice size ones.  Capt. Mike Venezia reported some good islamorada snook fishing and snapper action the other day in the everglades fishing flamingo.  He was able to find a good school of pilchards around the flamingo channels.  The baits are hit or miss this time of year though when you can find them, fishing for snook, small tarpon, and other fish can be much more productive.  Capt. Ben Ekblom had some half day trips last week they had some action with 'mud marlins' and some large barracuda too which are very fun fighters and ferocious looking.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk