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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10/30/14 End of October Backcountry Fishing Report

October is almost over and another month is in the books.  The weather has been much nicer this past week with a bit of coolness in the air.  Winds haven't been too crazy we did have a couple windy days after the rain left us 5 or 6 days ago, but since then it's been light winds and a little breeze at some points but good weather overall.  Fishing has been pretty good we've been seeing more redfish and snook show up in the everglades and finding them in the deeper creeks, island moats, and usual fall & winter time haunts.  Bait has been thick we've been finding pilchards on the shorelines of islamorada, there has still been some mullet in the backcountry, and of course the fall bait run around the mainland you can find all sorts of different kinds of baits.  Tarpon have been hit or miss we still have not really seen a ton of tarpon action on the bait balls and such moving along the mainland like we normally do during the fall bait run.  There have been a few though and we've been catching some.  I had an angler a few days ago we tarpon fished all day and literally the last bait on the boat we put out and finally got a bite and landed a large 130+ lb fish.  Though sharks kept us busy throughout the day.  The last few days I went fun fishing one day we had a great day deep in the everglades catching 15 or so nice size redfish and 3 snook.  Things started out slow that day with the last of the falling tide but as soon as we got some incoming water fishing was good for the last couple hours.  Yesterday we caught nice pilchards near home and banged out lots of nice snook for about an hour and a half, we finished up trying for tarpon but no bites though agian sharks kept us busy and we did get a nice little hammerhead too.  Capt. Mike Venezia reported good fishing around flamingo yesterday they had snook action and caught a couple redfish as well, plus got their limit of mangrove snappers for dinner.  Capt. Ben Ekblom has been having some good fishing on the patch reefs they've been getting lots of juvenile muttons with the occasional keeper, some porgies, yellowtails, jacks, and the other assortments too.  He had some good action with small blacktips on light tackle with young kids the other day too.  We are getting a real cold front this weekend temperatures dipping into the low 60s so that should really kick start some of our winter time fishing.  Look for tarpon fishing to slow down, really the next 3 months are probably the least likely to have productive tarpon fishing, but of course with a string of 80 degree days that can change.  Snook, redfish, drum, mackerel, cobia, and more should take the place of that and it's a lot of fun fishing the backcountry and gulf this time of year!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


10/25/14 offshore/reef fishing report

The sun finally came out today and it was a beatiful day to be fishing in Islamorada. We had a few days of days of constant rain before this, with handful of boats fishing during the rainy weather. A couple boats had some good catches during the less than desirable conditions, including mahi, tuna, snapper, grouper, king mackerel, a couple sailfish and even a white marlin! The white marlin was caught while live bait tuna fishing on 15 lb spinning tackle with a pilchard! You just never know what is going to eat a live bait offshore of Islamorada! Today the fishing was a little difficult for some of the boats, while a few of the boats did well. The reef was the most consistent today, producing yellowtail and mutton snapper, a couple grouper, a few mackerel, and late in the afternoon some nice mahi showed up, with the Kalex catching some nice gaffers in the 10 - 15 lb range. Usually we target mahi further offshore, in the gulf stream, but in the Fall and early winter we see a handful around the edge of the reef. The couple boats that headed offshore struggled to find mahi and the tunas were on the humps,  but they weren't as cooperative as the last few trips. There was a handful of blackfin tuna caught in the 5 - 12 lb range.  I think the next few days the fishing will turn on and be more consistent like early last week, we just need a day or two for the conditions to settle in. I made it out on one daytime swordfishing charter and the sword bite continues to be great, we went 3 for 4 on broadbill swordfish. I think we will start seeing more and more sailfish the next couple weeks and more boats will start focusing on just the reef here soon. Let us know when you're ready to go on your islamorada fishing trip and we'll find you a great boat! 305 664 2461.

Capt. Nick Stanczyk



Kalex with a great cathc of tuna and mahi from the middle of last week

Islamorada is one of the few places you could release a white marlin and catch snapper and grouper for dinner!

Sailfish release on the Strictly business (always best to leave them in the water for a pic)

Big red grouper aboard the Man O War while reef fishing

Beautiful daytime swordfish aboard the Bn'M II with Capt. Nick Stanczyk



10/23/14 Some rainy islamorada weather but still great fishing opportunities!

We've had some gloomy weather here through the florida keys late in october here.  We've been getting lots of moisture from the gulf and remenants of a tropical system out there.  It looks to remain that way today and tomorrow with Saturday getting much nicer again.  It has not slowed the fishing down though and actually can be a pretty good condition with the low light levels.  Yesterday Capt. Jim Willcox, Capt. Mike Venezia, and Capt. Rick Stanczyk plus an offshore boat had a corporate group trip with a bunch of guys down from Miami and Orlando.  They were worried the night before about coming down though we told 'em fishing has been pretty good, we can usually squeeze out a half day even if it's raining as long as there is no lightning which there has not been much of.  So we made it happen and even got the full day in with only a little rain on the ride in for 20 minutes.  Fishing was excellent Capt. Jim had some good redfish and snook action back at cape sable, Capt. Mike had some snook, nice snappers for dinner, and some sharks, and Capt. Rick had a few nice snook, snappers, and got into an insane tarpon bite landing 5 out of 12 hookups.  Capt. Jim the day before had caught a couple nice bonefish in the rain staying fairly close to home.  Capt. Ben Ekblom had a great day with a large group trip a few days before too they got some real nice snappers around the islands, caught some big spinner sharks, and a bunch of other rod benders that kept the guys entertained all day!  Capt. Jeff Beeler has had some good snook action back at the cape sable area this week too.  Capt. John Johansen had some good fishing around flamingo a few days ago too with some nice snappers and juvenile tarpon all fishing shrimp.  Capt. Chris Daly had a good day of snook fishing a few days ago in the rain, his customers braved it and had a good time with some snapper for dinner too! Things are still warm enough that just about anything can be caught in the backcountry of islamorada.  It's cool enough that some of the fall/winter time fishing is getting better with snook, redfish, trout, etc... but still warm that big fish such as tarpon, sharks, and more are still on the prowl.  Spanish mackerel will be zinging drags shortly and I think with the first good cold front things will really go off out there in the gulf and on the patch reefs.  October fishing in Islamorada is one of our favorite times of year!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


10/20/14 Deep Sea fishing report in October

We've had our first couple of cold fronts here in Islamorada, weak ones but temperature/wind changes nonetheless. The wind has swung around from the southeast to the north multiple times, some fish didn't mind it where a few didn't like it. In the middle of last week we saw some great catches of mahi, boats had 20 - 30 fish, anywhere from 3 - 15 lbs, but a few days it was much more difficult when we had the north/north west wind. Saturday a lot of boats had them when the wind died out, but on Friday they were elusive for almost everyone. A lot of boats have still been heading to the humps to live bait and troll for blackfin tuna. Last week was very good overall, mostly "footballs" in the 5 - 12 lb range, but still a couple in the 20 - 25 lb range. Only a couple of the offshore boats fished yesterday and the tuna bite had slowed down, we each got a few. I do think they will spark back up this week though with the east wind again. The action on the reef has been picking up each week too, and it will only get better as we get into winter! The yellowtail snapper bite has been good and the mutton snapper are getting fired up. We should start seeing more and more grouper as we get into November. I didn't see any sailfish flags this weekend, but last week there was a handful caught and released around the reef. On the wrecks the king mackerel are starting to bite better and better, and there a few tuna and a few stray mahi coming by too. This time of year the fishing conditions change often with the weather, so what's good one day may not be the next, but if you're ready and willing to fish for what's biting you'll have a great day on the water and catch a mixed bag of fish. The daytime swordfish bite has been very good lately too. We caught 5 fish one trip and 2 on the other two trips, with fish from 40 to right at 200 lbs.  Give us a call in the office when you're ready to book your Islamorada Deep Sea fishing trip and we'll get you set up! 305 664 2461

Capt. Nick Stanczyk


Miguel with a big daytime swordfish with Capt. Nick Stanczyk


Nice Fall time "bull" mahi aka "bullhead"

Fun day on the Fearless with Blackfin tuna, kingfish, mahi, and skipjack tuna

Predator with a mixed bag of tuna, cero mackerel, and yellowtail snapper

Blackfin tuna for Wayne from Mississippi



10/19/14 A little cooler october weather is great for fishing!

We had a nice little blast of cool weather a few days ago and it has been about as pretty and comfortable as it gets here in Islamorada.  Very nice cool mornings and then mid 80 degrees during the day is tough to beat, plus little wind and clear skies.  The fishing has been fantastic too.  After the front Capt. Rick Stanczyk had a great day of fun fishing in the everglades with his Dad.  They landed lots of snook and redfish, as well as juvenile goliath grouper and some big jacks.  The cooler weather seemed to push some redfish and snook our way and they were happy to feed.  Live pilchards were doing the trick, which are readily available just about every morning on the shorelines and around the islands.  Capt. Rick has also had some good tarpon action his last several trips.  Yesterday his anglers landed a 100+lb fish in one of the everglades canals, a very large specimen for this time of year!  They also had plenty of action with big blacktips and a lemon shark.  Today was similar fishing the boys wanted big fish sharks and tarpon.  They landed a couple tarpon and several blacktips and another big lemon too.  Capt. Bill Bassett had good action yesterday with the goliath groupers, his anglers from the UK were thrilled with several goliaths including a 300 lber, and also some sharks including a big bull shark.  Capt. Jeff Beeler had some good snook and redfish action yesterday around cape sable.  Fishing very good right now the cool weather has helped things out.  Before it gets very cold just about everything is still possible here backcountry fishing islamorada in october.  Give us a call and let's get out fishing!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk