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!


5/29/15 Late May Islamorada Backcountry Fishing Report

May is almost over and we are really getting into summer time here in the Florida Keys.  Fishing has been pretty good overall the last couple weeks.  Tarpon fishing has overall picked up again and most guides have been enjoying consistent fishing with a few 'big days' here and there.  A week or so ago we were lucky to have several flat calm days which lead to some good conditions for lots of things in the backcountry.  Capt. Skip Nielsen and Capt. Rick Stanczyk both reported great tarpon fishing back off cape sable in the everglades.  They both also reported some good action with snook and a few redfish around the shorelines and creeks.  Capt. Perry Scuderi has reported catching several nice permit in the last week.  Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti reported a nice permit plus a tarpon a couple evenings ago.  Capt. John Johansen has reported good shark and tarpon action in the everglades, plus tarpon around town here in the evenings.  Capt. Jim Willcox has been catching some snook and redfish back in the everglades.  Capt. Jeff Beeler reported good fly fishing for small tarpon and some snook last week, plus a few tarpon on bait as well the last few days.  Capt. Mike Venezia has some tarpon action the last few days and caught some nice mangrove snappers for dinner.  Capt. Mike Bassett reported a great day of snook fishing a few days ago.  Capt. Bill Bassett has had some good days fly fishing for tarpon in the last week, plus some bait fishing too with plenty of sharks mixed in.  Summer time is an excellent time of year to fish down here, as the weather stabilizes the water conditions can be very good for all kinds of gamefish.  We've unfortunately had some windy weather the last several days but it hasn't really dampened the fishing much.  As June continues the wind will eventually die down.  Early mornings and evenings are still an excellent time to catch tarpon.  Crab fishing on the falling tides doesn't get much better then the next month.  You also have a shot at catching a big permit doing that too!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


5/27/15 Islamorada Deep Sea Fishing Report and Memorial Day Classic Results

We had a couple calm days at the end of last week, but since Saturday it was pretty windy here fishing in Islamorada. All the boats still fished, some stayed on the reef and some headed offshore. The mahi bite was very consistent for all the boats that put in a full day trip offshore. The boats have averaged 15 - 30 fish, most in the 3 - 12 lb range, but we saw some nice bulls up to 38 lbs as well. Fishing for mahi is like hunting, you troll around and look for birds working and floating debris, and you have to be ready at all times. It might be slow for hours, with no action, but then all of a sudden you find the right school and for 30 minutes it's non stop action. The tuna bite on the hump slowed down a little, but we still saw a handful caught each day. There was a few wahoo caught the past week while trolling, including one really nice one that weighed 44 lbs on the Redfish. Down deep there was a few amberjacks and sharks around too.

38 lb Bull Dolphin (mahi) on the Gon Fishin V

Predator with a rack full of mahi including a nice 30 lb bull

Man O War with some "gaffer" mahi and a few wahoo

Gimme Jimmy with a 35 lb Bull

44 lb wahoo on the Redfish

WAHOOOOO on the Catch 22

Back on the reef the boats have been doing very well on yellowtail snapper. There's also been quite a few mutton snapper, with some real nice fish over 10 lbs, and a handful of black groupers caught. We should start seeing more and more mangrove (gray) snappers the next few weeks as well. The Fearless did a trip out to the Gulf of Mexico and he reports sharks, goliath grouper, and a pair of cobia.

I made it out on one daytime swordfishing trip last week while it was still calm, we hooked two fish, and managed to tag and release one of them. The summer is some of the most consistent fishing for broadbills, both because of the weather and the fish migrations.


And now for our Memorial Day Classic Fishing Tournament presented by Pelagic. Every team signed up for the Bluewater Division, which consisted of Mahi, Tuna, Amberjack, and Wahoo. You were allowed to weigh in your biggest fish of each species, and the combined point totals determined the winners. If you weighed in 3 species you got the "Pelagic Triple Crown" bonus of 10 points, and if you weighed in all 4 you got a bonus of 15 points. It was a rough day off Islamorada, with 18 - 20 knot winds, but we had boats from 24' - 54' participate. The key to winning is to target multiple speices, and make the bites count. The Buzz On finished in 3rd place with 32 points, they weighed in mahi, tuna, and amberjack. The Cloud Nine finished in 2nd place with 65 points, they weighed in a 17 lb tuna (biggest tuna in the tournament), a mahi and an amberjack. Luck was on our side as we pulled off a 1st place finish on the Catch 22 with 93 points. We were the only boat to catch all 4 species, inlcuding biggest wahoo with a 17 lber, and biggest amberjack with a 44 lber. Biggest mahi went to the Miller Time with a 26 lber. It was a fun event and we look forward to hosting it again next year. The tournament is just for fun so bring your family and have a good time!

Team Catch 22 with the First Place catch in the Memorial Day Classic

Cloud Nine with their 2nd place catch in the tournament

Buzz On with the 3rd place catch, they also released a sailfish

Tight Lines,

Capt. Nick Stanczyk


5/22/15 May Backcountry Fishing Report for Islamorada

May continues to roll on, hard to beleive it's almost over!  Well the winds have finally laid down the last few days and we are having more typical summer time 'light breezes'.  Tarpon fishing continues to be the priority for many anglers.  As of late the evenings have been a little more consistent than the day trips with tarpon starting to feed on the crabs very well, especially on the falling tides.  Capt. Jeff Beeler, Capt. Bill Bassett, Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti, Capt. John Johansen, and others have reported some good evening trips lately for tarpon.  The day time bite has been a little tougher though there have been some good windows of fishing if you hit the right spot at the right time.  Capt. Rick Stancyzk and Capt. Skip Nielsen have had some good fishing out in the everglades for tarpon both landing mutliple fish the other day.  Today Capt. Jeff Beeler had some good action around the bridges reporting multiple fish on mullet.  Capt. Rick also reported some good snook fishing a few days ago with some live pilchards he caught.  Capt. Jim Willcox reported good action fishing with ladyfish, trout, jacks, snappers, and sharks out on the gulf side today.  Capt. Jeff Beeler had some good action on fly way back in the everglades with baby tarpon and snook the last few days.  The winds may pick back up a little bit over the weekend and there are slight chances of rain, though looks to be an easterly direction which shouldn't be too bad.  Capt. Bill Bassett reported 1 out of 3 tarpon on fly today too, he says the fly fishing is getting better as the weather stablizes and fish are moving.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


5/21/15 May offshore fishing in Islamorada

We finally got a break in the weather here the last couple days with the winds letting up. May can be a windy month, but I know everyone appreciated the slick calm conditions yesterday, and today and tomorrow look very calm too! We've had some exciting fish stories the past week here fishing at Bud n' Mary's. Last Saturday was the 3rd Annual Gotta Luv Them Charity Dolphin Tournament. It's a combined weight of your biggest 3 fish. We were fortunate to take 2nd place on the Bn'M with a pair of nice bulls at 23 and 24 lbs, as well as an 11 lber for our third fish. The Gimme Jimmy took 3rd place just a few pounds behind. It was a fun event even with the windy conditions last week, and even better that it was for a good cause to help kids go to college.

A pair of nice Bull Dolpin (mahi) that put the Bn'M in 2nd place

A great catch of Mahi on the Gimme Jimmy, with their biggest 3 giving them 3rd place

The dolphin (mahi) fishing was pretty good for most the boats last weekend but early in the week a lot of boats had slower fishing. Some boats had just a handful of fish on the all day charters, while others had from 10 - 20 fish. The wind direction definitely plays a role in how they bite and how active they are, but yesterday when it slicked off the fish got a lot happier and pretty much all the boats did well with schoolies and gaffers. There was a couple slammers up to 35 lbs on the dock too. The humps have still have holding the "football" size blackfin tuna, which always make for a good fight and a tasty meal. Down deep the amberjacks and sharks have still been around. Now the Keys aren't know for great marlin fishing, but the Catch 22 and Buzz On both released white marlin the past week, which goes to show you that it can happen any day!

Great catch of mahi as well as a white marlin release on the Catch 22

Croft on the Buzz On throws his hands in the air with excitement when they caught this white marlin

It was slow in the morning but Capt. Travis didn't give up and put this couple on a dozen mahi which was plenty for a few dinners

Back on the Reef the boats have been doing very well on yellowtail snapper. There's been both the average size fish 13 - 15", and a few boats have got on the "flag" yellowtails with fish in the 20 - 22" range. The mangrove snapper are also moving out to the reef to spawn and that should be good action the next couple months. The grouper bite has been good a few days and a little slow a few days. A lot of boats have got bites, but the difference is the people who are ready for the bite and make them count are catching a few fish, and the ones that don't have any luck on their side are coming up empty handed or stuck in the bottom. The Reel McCoy had a couple good days on grouper when they limited out, as well as plenty of snapper. The permit have been on a couple wrecks on the reef still and there's been some average fish in the 10 - 20 lb range, but a couple boats have caught some real whoppers over 35 lbs, including a giant estimated over 40 lbs while shooting an episode of Extreme Fishing Adventures.

Reel McCoy with a great reef catch, including a surprise cobia

Giant permit caught and released on the Gimme Jimmy with Guest and Tv host Capt. Jimmy Nelson

I've been swordfishing a few times the past week on the Bn'M and the Catch 22 fished a couple days as well. The Catch 22 fished Everett from Texas as it was his dream to see a swordfish. The first day was rough and yielded no bites. The second day started slow for them, missing one fish early in the day. They didn't give up though, and at 4:30 in the afternoon Everett got himself a 262 lb broadbill Swordfish! I fished that day as well, and we hooked 2 swords but unfortunately pulled the hooks on them. The next day though we put in a long day and right at the end at 4 p.m. we hooked and landed a 90 lber. I also fished yesterday, which was ideal weather conditions, and we went 2 for 3 on swordfish, including Leon's biggest to date, with a 230 lber! The next few months should give you a fair shot if you want to try "big game fishing", but if you want action I would stick to the standard fishing charters.

Everett's bucket list fish, a 262 lb swordy on Catch 22

Leon and Capt. Nick Stanczyk show off a 230 lb swordfish

A 90 lb sword at the end of the day on the Bn'M

Don't forget we are hosting the first annual Pelagic Islamorada Memorial Day Classic next Monday, May 25th. If you have a charter booked you can enter for $450 for a team of 4 anglers, or if you have your own boat you can fish on that too. There's 2 divisions, both an offshore and a reef division. It's a family fun event, so get everyone involved and have a good time! We still have a couple boats availalbe, so give the office a call at 305 664 2461 to book a charter and enter the fun!

Tight Lines,

Capt. Nick Stanczyk



5/14/15 Mid May Deep Sea fishing report

The time is flying by here in Islamorada and we just finished the second week of May fishing in Islamorada. Most the offshore charter boats are doing full day charters now, but a few are still doing half day charters. The boats are fishing both offshore in the gulf stream, hunting for mahi and blackfin tuna, as well as on the reef for bottom fish, like snapper and grouper. You really need a full day trip to have the best bet at catching mahi, but a couple of the faster boats can give you a shot on a half day if that's what you want to try. The mahi bite was pretty good the past week. A few boats had some great catches, and a lot of boats had decent catches. Of course there was still a couple slow days in the mix where some boats would find fish and some wouldn't. On the humps the "football" blackfin tuna have showed up in good numbers, and almost all the boats that have made it out that far have had action with them. A couple boats have still been fishing for the sharks around the humps, catching bulls, duskys, and the Bn'M released a 400 lb tiger shark. There's been a couple wahoo caught while trolling, and a few tripletail caught on floating debris. Most the mahi have been from 3 - 12 lbs, but we've had a few nice Bull's on the docks from 25 - 35 lbs, and the Predator weighed in one mosterous 50 lber! A couple boats have also been doing a little deep dropping (bottom fishing in 350 - 650 feet), but with the new regulations on Blueline tilefish is has really thrown a curve ball at us. We can keep one per boat now, as it used to be 3 per person. There's been a few snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, rose porgy, and vermillion snapper. We actually caught the 2nd biggest snowy grouper of my life on the Catch 22 the other day, which tipped the scales at 38.7 lbs! On the reef the yellowtail snapper bite has been good most days as well. A couple days the current was into the wind, which made the conditions tougher, but with some adjustments the boats still put a catch together. There wasn't as many groupers caught as during opening week, but we still had some blacks, reds, and gags caught on the reef and wrecks. There's also been a few mutton snapper around. A coupel of the wrecks have permit on them, and a few of the boats have got in on the action using live crabs for bait. I've made it out on two daytime swordfishing trips the last week and we caught 2 fish the first trip, and 1 fish yesterday. We are getting into "sword season" here, and we have a handful of boats all capable of doing it, so if you want to ever try to catch one the next few months are prime time.

We are hosting the Gotta Luv Them Charity Dolphin Tournament kickoff party this Friday, May 15th, with fishing on the 16th. Weigh in will be right here at Bud n' Mary's. And on the 25th we are hosting the Pelagic Memorial Day Classic. The kick off party for that will be on the 24th. If you have a charter booked during either of these tournaments feel free to sign up, or if you have your own boat feel free to fish on that.

Nice bull dolphin caught on the Catch 22

Predator with a great catch of mahi including a 50 lb bull! and a sailfish release

Gon Fishin V with a rack of mahi, a pair of cobia, a wahoo, and more

Big Permit caught and released on the Buzz On

Giant snowy grouper caught while deep dropping on the Catch 22

Great catch of mahi, tripletail, and yellowtail snapper on the Gimme Jimmy

tiger shark on the leader aboard the BnM

Yellowedge grouper caught with Capt. Travis from the Man O War

Swordfish on the Bn'M with Capt. Nick Stanczyk

Mahi, Amberjack, Barrelfish, Snowy Grouper, and Tripletail on the Catch 22


Tight Lines,

Capt. Nick Stanczyk