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!


9/20/14 Islamorada deep sea fishing report

We've had gorgeous weather here the last few days while deep sea fishing in Islamorada. The winds have been light and the seas have been calm. The fishing has been active too! Most of the boats have been getting in on the blackfin tuna action around the humps. Some boats have had had 8 - 10 tunas and boats that have caught lots of live bait have had some days with 20 plus tunas! The fish have been anywhere from 3 - 20 lbs, with a couple over 25. On light spinning tackle they are a great fight! There's also been some almaco jacks and amberjacks on the humps and wrecks as well. We also had some better mahi fishing the last couple days too. They aren't swarming but if you are patient and do a full day fishing charter you have a good chance at finding some! They've been all sizes, some schoolies, gaffers, and a couple slammers. Back on the reef there's been king mackerel, snapper, and a couple grouper. The swordfish bite is in full swing right now too. We caught 4 fish a couple days ago, and we caught 1 yesterday and the Bn'M caught 1 yesterday. If swordfishing is something your always wanted to try, now is the time to give it a shot! The fish weren't big but they were still broadbill swordfish!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

Swordfish release on the bay boat with Capt. Nick Stanczyk

Relentless does it again and again! Blackfin tunas and Mahis!

15 lb blackfin tuna on spinning tackle aboard Bn'M

Amazing underwater picture of a broadbill swordfish being released

Gag grouper caught while reef/wreck fishing

Big BARRACUDA!!! caught while fishing the reef

Blackfin tunas and some skipjacks on the Man O War





9/18/14 September Florida Keys Backcountry Fishing Report

September islamorada fishing rolls on and we are in the midst of 'off season' still though it's been nice to see a few people still in town.  A few guides have been getting out every day still and most have reported good fishing still.  Capt. Clyde Upchurch several days ago had a productive half day trip with tarpon and shark action, and then also released 4 snook.  Capt. John Johansen reported similar action with the tarpon and sharks, and caught some nice mangrove snappers for the table later that evening with his clients.  Capt. Ben Ekblom had a tremendous day yesterday backcountry fishing flamingo and the everglades park.  They caught double digit snook and redfish fishing with live pilchards.  They also caught 3 tarpon on light tackle which he said was a blast.  Capt. Ben said the bait was swarming and the fish were happy.  The calm stable weather has many areas back there looking very good with conditions and water color.  Capt. Rick Stanczyk and Capt. Bill Bassett were fun fishing a couple days ago and sight fished some areas they hadn't fished before.  They saw about a dozen tailing reds and a dozen snook laying in holes and caught a handful of fish.  Capt. Jim Willcox also had the boys from North American Fisherman out for a day doing a piece on fishing in the florida keys, they caught some big goliath grouper, a monster sawfish, and some nice redfish as well.  As we get closer to October the fishing in the islamorada and surrounding areas should only improve.  Call Bud n' Mary's office now to book a trip today 305-664-2461!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


9/16/14 September Blackfin Tuna Blitz! 

The blackfin tuna blitz is in full swing here in Islamorada! The fall tuna bite is as good as the boats have ever seen lately. A few people call and ask why it's our "slow season", and that has nothing to do with how the fishing is! September and October the Florida Keys just don't have as many visitors, not as many people are traveling. The good news about fishing this time of year is when you go fishing, you don't have to compete with as many boats for the fish too. A lot of times you can have a productive spot all to yourself. The Islamorada offshore charter boats that have caught live bait have caught some real quality blackfin tunas, 20 - 30 lbs, and there has been plenty of "footballs" (5 - 10 lbers) on the troll with dead bait and artificials. The sharks are in packs around the tuna schools as well. Unfortunately they eat some of the bigger blackfins because the bigger ones fight so hard and take a while to catch, leaving more of a chance for a shark to find the struggling fish, but if you always wanted to catch a big shark, now is as good as time as ever. There are dusky, silky, hammerhead, and big bull sharks for the most part right now. The mahi have been scarce the last week here. The boats have caught a handful, but hopefully we'll get another steady push of them before the end of the month. In reality you could find one piece of debris and it could have a huge school of mahi around it, but you just need the patience to look. The Gon Fishin V took Buddy from the hit show "Cake Boss" fishing for a couple days and they had a great time! The Reel McCoy had a big bull mahi a few days ago, and they also started the day off with a nice wahoo. If you like grilled tuna, seared tuna, tuna salad, or tuna sushi, get down here while the bite is on! A couple boats have fished the reef and there's been a fair bite of yellowtail snapper, and still a few nice mutton snapper and black grouper around. Give us a call in the office at 305 664 2461 and we'll find a great boat for you!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

Buddy from the famous TV Show "Cake Boss" aboard the Gon Fishin V

The Reel McCoy with a big "slammer" bull mahi, a nice wahoo, and plenty of football blackfin tuna

Cloud Nine with some nice mutton snappers while reef fishing

Nice Blackfin tuna aboard the Fearless

Relentless with a rack full of tuna including a couple big boys at 26 and 28 lbs




9/13/14 September Backcountry Islamorada Fishing Report

Been away for a while sorry I haven't been able to keep up to date.  We are officially in 'offseason' mode here in Islamorada.  It's a great time of year to come down here... you really have the place to yourself!  Especially coming up in October when things cool down the fishing can really turn on then as we enter the Fall.  The last few days we've had a lot of rain though today we didn't get wet, just stayed nice and cloudy.  We had a mixed bag of action in the backcountry.  Several goliath groupers, a big ray, and a nice size tarpon on the big rods.  We also caught some hefty mangrove snappers for dinner out in the gulf, plus had some action with trout, bluefish, shark, and lost a couple nice snook in the mangroves before calling it a day.  Yesterday Capt. Mike Venezia reported similar fishing he had some nice goliaths, sharks, a tarpon, and some snook and snapper as well.  Capt. Jim Willcox last week had some good fishing in the everglades and ran into a good size school of redfish and caught half a dozen nice size ones out of it.  Capt. Bill Bassett was doing some fly fishing a few days ago and said he saw lots of snook off the edges of some runoffs in the backcountry, unfortunately they couldn't get any of them to eat but it was very exciting throwing to them!  Capt. Richard Stanczyk Sr. last week had a great afternoon of bonefishing they released 6 bonefish right near home deadbait fishing!  Capt. Mark Hlis today reported bonefishing was very good as well, they saw at least 15 schools of bonefish.  Dr Tony Thompson released his first bonefish, and his buddy Rich  Dewitt hooked one on fly but alas pulled the hook.  There are really still shots at just about everything right now, as things cool off in October look for the fall bait run to occur which should provide really good tarpon fishing for a short window.  The snook and redfish shouldn't be far behind, as well as big schools of spanish mackerel in the gulf!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


9/7/14 Islamorada Deep Sea Fishing Report 

A handful of boats have been making it out the past few days here at Bud n' Marys' Marina. Some boats have been staying on the reef but most of the boats have still been heading offshore. There's been mahi around each day, but not every boat has been finding them. The boats did find some schools of mahi have had anywhere from a handful of fish to around 20 fish. A fair amount of the fish have been "gaffers" in the 5 - 15 lb range, some have been "schoolies" in the 3 - 5 lb rang and then there's been a couple "slammers" over 20 lbs. I suspect the mahi fishing will remain like this for a little while, where some boats will get them but they won't be a guarantee by any means. The Blackfin tuna bite has been on! The boats have been trolling for them as well as live baiting them, with the bigger fish (15 - 20 lbs) coming on the live bait, but plenty of footballs in the 3 - 10 lb range on the troll. There's been a few sharks around the schools of tuna as well, so if you want to catch something big, just mention it to the crew and you might just catch jaws! There's been quite a few tripletail around the past few days too. Usually we catch 1 or 2 here and there, but some boats have had anywhere from 5 to 7 of these tasty fellers under debris and big sargassum patches. There's been a couple stray wahoo in the mix as well, the Kalex had a beatiful 36 lber yesterday. Back on the reef there's been some nice size yellowtail snapper and a few mutton snapper. I'm sure there are some king mackerel showing up around the wrecks too. Way offshore on the swordfish ledge a couple boats have fished. We released 1 broadbill swordfish on one trip, and the next trip was very quite, besides a cuban night shark which we released. The cloud nine also had a couple shots one trip, but unfortunately they didn't stay on. This is traditionally a great time of year for swordfish, so if you want to give that a shot I would say the next couple months would be as good as bet as any. Give the marina a call at 1 800 742 7945 to set up a fishing trip, whether on the reef or offshore, and they'll find you a great boat.

Capt. Nick Stanczyk

Predator with a great catch! Mixing it up with some nice mahi, tripletail, and snapper!

Tuna Tuna Tuna!!! The Gon Fishin V found plenty of blackfins around the humps.

Michael caught and released this broadbill swordfish last week with us

The Fearless had fun with all these blackfin tuna and skipjack tuna on a 1/2 day charter