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!


7/25/17 July Backcountry Fishin' Report

July is rolling by and we are in the midst of summer time in Islamorada.  Fishing has been great for the most part all around which is nice to see.  We've had much more normal summe time weather - calm, hot, with passing rain showers.  Unlike last year where it was much windier than normal, and not a great direction lots of southwest wind.  This year has been more light easterly breezes which we like.  Tarpon have been a top priority still and there has still been a good number of tarpon around.  Locally there have been some fish and the evening fishing has still been pretty good.  Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti and Capt. John Johansen have reported a good evening tarpon bite.  I've been fishing the backcountry mostly and we've had good fishing back there too.  June was incredible for me I think we were averaging over 2 fish a trip, and July has been close to that as well though I haven't fished quite as much as I've been out of town a couple times.  The tarpon fishing can stay good through October, last year we actually had some of the best fishing of the year for them in September and October.  Some days you get in on the hungry packs of fish, and you may get quite a few shots at them.  Other days they aren't biting as well, or you have to take time looking for them, so may only get a shot or two.  Though what I like about the summer is typically the conditions are very good and stay relatively the same, unlike the spring when it is blowing often and the wind direction is changing as well as the tempearture if we get a cold front.  So don't think you've missed the window for catching tarpon August is still a great month to try!  Other than tarpon, some guys have been getting into some other things.  We've had good trout and snapper fishing in the bays if you want action and some dinner.  Capt. Jim Willcox and Capt. Mike bassett has been reporting decent snook action fishing the shorelines and creeks of the everglades.  Just be ready with the bug spray as the bugs have been a little over the top this year with all the rain we had in the last month.  Some areas aren't so bad, but if you get out of the wind and in the trees they can get annoying.  A few redfish have been mixed in back there as well.  Capt. Bill Bassett had some days earlier this month in the gulf catching permit that were unbeleivable.  He had double digits on permit several days, and quite a few on fly some of those days as well.  It was just the perfect conditions with some big masses of fish pushing through.  Though the big pushes of them seem to have gone through, it's definitely still a possibility if you are willing to devote the day to looking for them and OK with taking the gamble.  Capt. Mike Venezia reported a nice tarpon yesterday in the backcountry as well as Capt. Gunner Guthrie a few days ago fishing locally.  I had the last few days off though last week I had Brad and David out for 3 days, we landed tarpon every day as well as getting multiple fish one day.  Also got a bunch of nice trout, and a few snook on a couple of those days too.  Also got a few cobia on artificials one day in the gulf which was lots of fun.  I'm back to work this week during the mini season, though August we have plenty of availability.  Give us a shout if you are wanting to get out on the water!  305-664-2461

Capt. Rick Stanczyk



7-24-17 Islamorada Offshore Fishing report Mid July 

We've had some great weather the past ten days here in Islamorada. It's been a little warm so make sure you bring plenty of water to drink.  The mahi bite was great in the middle of the month with all the boats getting in on the action, but it slowed down for a few days late last week. Half the boats found mahi and half didn't for a few days, but the good news is it picked up again yesterday and we saw some nice fish caught. The biggest fish last week was a monster bull on the Predator weighing in at 48 lbs and there was a 35 lber caught yesterday on a private boat at the marina. Most of the fish been in the 4 - 12 lb range. 


In addition to the mahi offshore there's been a lot of football blackfin tuna on the humps as well as some skipjack tuna. Down deep there's a few amberjack still around, so if you want a big pull ask about that! The gon fishin v was trolling the other day and caught a really nice wahoo at 42 lbs as well. The deep drop bottom fishing last week was good with tilefish, snowy grouper, barrelfish, rosefish, and a couple yellowedge grouper. The current really picked up the past few days though and it made it much tougher. A few boats have been staying on the reef, especially on half day trips. The snapper bite has been decent overall but a couple days when the current was slow the fishing was too. It's been a mix with a few mutton snapper, mangrove snapper, and yellowtail snapper. Also a couple black grouper. There was a few permit caught on the wrecks last week but the school of fish has got really small now. 


Way offshore the swordfish bite has been on and off. We had fish on 3 of our last 6 trips. One real nice fish at 254 lbs and the others were 50 and 90 lbs. Hopefully they turn back on this week.


Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book your next fishing charter in Islamorada! Remember we have hotel rooms at the marina as well! The Deli at the marina shut down this month so make sure to bring food with you. 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 





7/11/17 Late June and Early July Deep sea fishing report 

Sorry for missing our fishing report last week but we've seen some great fishing this summer! The mahi bite has been the best we've seen in a couple years, with lots of schoolies, some gaffers, and a couple big bull dolphin in the mix!



Other offshore fish have included blackfin tuna, a couple wahoo, a couple tripletail, amberjack, and still a couple billfish. The reel mccoy released a 300 lb blue marlin one trip and the next day had a white marlin. The gimme jimmy also released a blue marlin one trip. The cloud nine  had a sailfish on the troll the other day. We've seen some good bottom fish while deep dropping including blueline tilefish, snowy gouper, yellowedge grouper, barrelfish, rosefish, and we had a huge 42 lb golden tilefish one day which was a nice bonus!



A few boats have got swordfishing the past couple weeks and it's been a decent bite most days. The Broad Minded, Bn'M, Indigenous, and Water Damage have all got in on the swordfish action. You don't catch them every trip, but the next few months is prime time to give it a shot.


Give the marina office a call at 305664261 when you're ready to book your next trip in Islamorada at Bud n' Mary's Marina and we'll find a great boat for you!

Capt. Nick Stanczyk


6/24/17 Offshore fishing report for Islamorada

We had some super nice weather a little over a week ago follow by a few really windy days and now its starting to let up again. Some boats still fished in the 20 + knot winds and came back with plenty of fish. The last 10 days has been some of the best dolphin (mahi) fishing we've seen in a couple years, with plenty of schoolie size fish and quite a few gaffers. There's been a few slammers around as well, with fish in the 20 - 45 lb range. We are all hoping the dolphin fishing stays steady because it sure is nice when you can go out and catch 20 - 40 fish! 



In addition to the dolphin we saw a couple nice surprises caught and released this week. The reel mccoy released 2 white marlin (two trips each with one marlin) and the Predator released a 150 lb blue marlin. There's been some football size blackfin tuna on the humps with some big ambjerack and almaco jack down deep. The deep dropping for bottom fish in 400 - 800' has been decent as well, mostly blueline tilefish with a few snowy grouper in the mix. The cloud nine weighed in a 39.6 lb snowy grouper one day! 


When it was windy a few boats stayed on the reef and caught plenty of yellowtail snapper and there's been a couple black grouper still around. The permit have been a little tricky on the wrecks but if you're patient and make the shot count it's a possibility! 


Way offshore we swordfished before the wind came last week and lost one really big swordfish pushing 400 lbs one trip and missed a couple other bites over a couple of the other days. The last trip we fished though we got Niles his first ever swordfish, so that was pretty cool! 


Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book your next Islamorada fishing charter or even stay at our motel! 

Tight Lines,

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 


6/15/17 June Backcountry Fishin' Report

June is rolling by fast and the fishing has been pretty good overall.  Tarpon have been hit or miss, some days it seems they are thick and biting decently, and other days it's tough to find them at all.  We had 2 days in the last week where we blanked and never had a bite but had plenty of shark action, though on two other days last week on both of those we landed multiple fish getting 3 one day and 4 another.  Conditions were fairly similar but just goes to show how much these fish are moving around and keeping us on our toes.  I think as we get more into summer the fish will settle in once the spawn is over and it should get more consistent.  The last couple days we've had crazy winds though we did get out early and produce a tarpon on each trip which was good for the conditions.  We also had a good day with action fishing a few days ago, with Larry and his grandson a few days ago catching lots of trout, plenty of sharks, and lost a nice snook.  Regular customers Barry and Sarah fished with me for two days, we got a nice tarpon and lost another this morning in the 25 mph south winds, and two days ago we had flat calm perfect conditions and they each caught multiple tarpon, sharks, plenty of snook, 2 redfish, and lost a permit - just a banner day.  Capt. Bill Bassett also had some banner fishing on a couple of the flat calm days.  He was able to get out in the gulf and they caught several permit on fly both days, as well as several on bait.  It was a very special couple days.  Though on Day 3 he said the permit had vanished but they had some fun with jacks and bluefish.  Some times you have to take those kinds of gambles to have incredible days though.  Capt. Mike Venezia reported some good snook fishing over the weekend as well.  Capt. Chris Daly had some small tarpon on fly as well as some snook.  Capt. John Johansen has reported some decent evening tarpon fishing still as of late.  Capt. Mike Bassett reported some good snook action a few days ago, as well as some good action in the gulf with jacks, sharks, and lost a nice permit on a wreck.  If you are wanting to get out fishing this summer, it's a great time to go.  Make sure to bring your bug spray if you are wanting to venture in the everglades, the bugs have been a little worse than normal with all the rain we've had.  Conditions should be improving later in the week once the winds settle down, hopefully by wednesday or thursday.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk