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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8/26/16 August backcountry islamorada fishing report

August florida keys backcountry fishing has still been fairly good even though we are getting into the dregs of summer.  The weather is definitely hot but most days we've had a bit of a breeze so it makes it much more bearable.  Rain has been around the last several days but it hasn't really been stopping us from getting out, and most of the time you can run around and avoid it as much of it is in isolated areas that dry up quickly as it moves out.  We do have some tropical systems out in the atlantic though the current one we are watching looks to have dissipated a lot as it's entering the outer Bahamas, so we likely will only get some rain and heavier winds from it near the end of the weekend and early next week.  In all honesty our Florida Bay can likely use the fresh water and some good winds and cloud cover will help cool the bay a little bit, which is around ~90 degrees right now!

As for the fishing there are all kinds of things on the table.  I myself have tarpon fished the last several days.  The august islamorada tarpon fishing is still a good option.  We did catch nice tarpon the last 3 days though it has only been a bite or two a day and really having to grind it out.  We actually did see a fair number of fish out there recently, however they are just being very finicky and not biting well.  So you have to invest some time and moving around to really have a shot and it doesn't leave you with much time to do other things (which I often like to do this time of year in addition to tarpon).  Most of the fish were larger (for this time of year) in the 70 to 90 lb range, and yesterdays was about 50 lbs.  We also had a day close to a week ago catching 3 which was a banner day, though the next day we went out and they dissappeared we never had a bite though were able to catch a variety of sharks to keep us entertained.  That's how it goes though this time of year can be spotty!  Capt. Bill Bassett also had a couple nice tarpon several days ago fishing in the backcountry.  Capt. Mike Bassett has also caught some smaller tarpon on his last couple trips fishing more for snook though he said the little tarpon were mixed in many of those areas.  

Capt. Jim Willcox was fliming a show (The Hot Bite) and they caught some larger specimens in the backcountry.  A large goliath grouper as well as a larger 'mud marlin' made for some exciting footage.  Capt. Mike Venezia also had a couple larger mud marlins on his last couple trips.  There have been plenty of sharks in the mix too including blacktips and lemons among others.  Both Capt. Jim and Capt. Mike also reported some nice tripletails out in the gulf and near shore of the everglades.  They aren't all on the buoys though, many are free floating and you can still see them on the surface and sight cast to them with bait.  Lots of fun and nice size fish - great for dinner!

Everglades snook fishing has still been fair as well.  The hot bite we had in the early summer when they were spawning is over with, though if you put time in you can usually catch several fish and many of them especially on the shorelines and creek mouths are larger fish.  Capt. Jim Willcox, Capt. Jeff Beeler, and Capt. Gunner Guthrie had reported some nice fish using artificials and jerkbaits on the shorelines.  I myself have been using bait most days doing that, and it is has been working OK too.  We aren't catching too many more than they are with artificials however, as the fish are just spread out and you seem to catch one here, one there, not really big bunches in any one spot most of the time.  A few red fish are in the mix too.

In the Bays there has been a mix of trout, snappers, ladyfish, and other critters.  This is the usual option on half day trips.  Capt. Clyde Upchurch has some nice trou the other day as did Capt. Perry Scuderi.  Using artificials or small shrimp is the ticket for this fishing, though if you can find some small pilchards they work great too and you can often get some of the larger snappers this way.  Capt. Bill Bassett did that the other day, though he said getting the larger legal snappers was tough but they managed half a dozen on a half day.  This is a great option for family fun fishing trips in islamorada.

September is just around the corner and that is the slowest month for business here in Islamorada.  Fishing can still be good however and plenty of guides are available.  The possibility of a storm is always there though even though we haven't had a major hurricane in over 10 years.  But if you are wanting to go fishing give us a call we can set something up short notice - no problem at all.  With the lack of fishing pressure and usually good, calm conditions, fishing can be very good and you have the place to yourself!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


8/24/16 Mid August Deep Sea fishing report for Islamorada 

The winds were calm here the past week in Islamorada. The week before we had lots of wind though. We had some great catches of mahi the past couple weeks, especially when the wind was blowing. It definitely got a little tougher for a few days once the wind let up. On the best days a few of the boats had 30 - 40 fish, but most boats were averaging 10 - 20 fish per trip. Of course there was a couple days when they were scarce and some boats didn't find them. There has been fish of all sizes, we've seen a couple Bulls brought in pushing 40 lbs but a lot of fish in the 6 - 15 lb range. I think we will continue to see some good catches the next month here, and you won't have to deal with the summer time crowds. 


On the humps there's been a mix of blackfin tuna and skipjack tuna, as well as a few sharks. Multiple boats have been doing some deep water bottom fishing which has produced a little bit of everything lately including queen snapper, snowy grouper, tilefish, and barrelfish. The gimme Jimmy also caught a 125 lb blue marlin while trolling one day! 


On the reef there's been a steady bite of yellowtail and mangrove snapper when conditions are right. The Buzz on also had some big king mackerel, with one smoker going 40 lbs! The Miss Islamorada Party boat even caught and released a sailfish one day while they were moving to another bottom spot! 


Way offshore the swordfish bite has been on and off from day to day, but if you don't mind swinging for the fence it may pay off. The relentless and catch 22 each had a swordfish on their last trips, and on the Broad Minded we had three fish on two different trips but also had a few trips with zero fish. The biggest fish went 219 lbs and the smallest was 40 lbs. The next few months are the some of the best times to try for swordfish so keep that in mind. Give the office a call at 305 664 2461 to book you're next fishing adventure! 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 



8/12/16 August Backcountry Islamorada Fishing Report

August is well on it's way and it sure feels like summer here in the Keys.  Things have still been remarkedly busy at the marina with many boats still getting out every day and the weather has been good for the most part.  We've had couple rainy days where people had to either alter their plans or even cancel days which is no fun but definitely not the norm.  I myself have still been tarpon fishing mostly this month.  We've caught a few nice fish and still finding them most every day.  I had Stephen and Michael Johnson out a couple days earlier this week.  Fishing was pretty good we got a couple tarpon on day 1 along with plenty of sharks, the second day they wanted to go after snook and we had pretty good fishing for them too getting into the double digits plus a nice redfish and couple jacks.  Though the immediate day following the tarpon, we tried to get out for some tarpon and got chased home by the weather.  We did get a good hour of fishing in though for the early morning, found the tarpon but they would not cooperate just not interested in biting!  Anyways not super red hot fishing but definitely some quality that you could put a little time in for.  Earlier in the month we had a day with a nice tarpon and also a monster 350 lb goliath grouper which was very cool we got him on a tarpon rod in one of the channels.  Capt. Mike Venezia and Capt. Gunner Guthrie have reported a decent bite of trout and snappers in the bay since the winds have let up.  Early this month we had strong south/southwesterly winds and it had mucked up the near gulf bays pretty bad leading to some tough fishing conditions out there.  Things have started to clean up though now as the winds swing more easterly and have died out a little bit.  Capt. Jim Willcox reported some nice size jack crevelles out there one day.  Capt. Mike Bassett reported some snook the other day as well as a nice small tarpon.  Fishing can still be good this time of year in the backcountry it isn't red hot every day, and sometimes one day is good and the next day not.  Things get kind of up and down with the hot water temperatures and the conditions, but you don't know unless you go!  

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


8/11/16 Islamorada Offshore Fishing Report

We're approaching Mid August fishing in Islamorada and quite a few boats have still been getting out on a daily basis. As we enter the Fall months not as many boats will be fishing because school starts for the kids and summer trave; is coming to an end for many. That being said there isn't as many boats to compete with out there and there's still fish to be caught! The Blackfin Tuna bite has been the best bet the past week. Most of the boats have been catching a livewell full of pilchards and chumming the tuna up, pitching out light spinning outfits. Most of the tuna are 5 - 18 lbs, but there has been a few in the 20 - 30 lb range too. There's also been plenty of skipjack tuna mixed in, which are great to eat if you have them fresh that night, or if you freeze them they make a nice tuna salad. The sharks have been thick on the humps and some boats have struggled getting the tunas past them, but hopefully the sharks thin out and the tunas keep showing up in bigger numbers. If you want to catch a big shark just tell the crew as we've have hammerhead, dusky, and bull sharks all caught and released the past few days. 



The mahi bite has been tough the past week. A couple boats caught some nice fish, but the keepers have been few and far between for most of the boats. There's been quite a few "shakers", which are undersize fish we shake off the hook by the boat. However, we are approaching the full moon this next week and with the wind predicted in the forecast I think we are giong to see another nice push of quality size fish. You could still get lucky any day and find the right pack of fish, or the "magical" piece of debris and put a great catch together. Some of the debris has been holding some tripletail too. Quite a few boats have been doing some "deep dropping" in 400 - 1000' of water as well, and we've seen a little bit of everthing the past week including blueline tilefish, rose porgy, snowy grouper, queen snapper, barrelfish, and even a wreckfish! 



The boats on the reef have been catching yellowtail and mangrove snapper, as well as a few king mackerel. Staying on the reef is what most half day trips will do because it doesn't always give you ample time to run 20 miles out to look for tuna and dolphin. 

Way offshore I've made it out on a few daytime swordfish trips and we caught 2 fish our last trip, 1 fish the trip before, and 0 the trip before that. The Fall months are prime time for swords if the weather cooperates, so give that some consideration if swordfishing is on your bucket list. 


Give the office a call at 305 664 2461 to book your next fishing trip! 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 



8/4/16 Early August Deep Sea fishing in Islamorada, Florida Keys 

The winds look to be calming down the next week here in Islamorada. We had some windy weather the past ten days, but it didn't stop the boats from getting out and catching some fish. Last week we saw some of the best catches of mahi so far this season. There was a good number of fish from 20 - 40 lbs on the dock every day. The past few days the bite slowed way down for most of the boats, although them still found some keepers.  Mahi fishing has been this way all summer, with the bite turning on and off, but I'm sure they'll spark back up again as we work toward this next moon. 

On the humps the blackfin tuna bite has been pretty good most days, with fish from 3 - 18 lbs. We should see a lot more pilchards showing back up this week with the calmer weather, so live baiting the humps should be an option.  They are great fighters on light spinning rods and when you get them chummed up on live bait behind the boat it's an exciting sight to see! The Relentless released a suprise blue marlin earlier this week as well. You just never know when you'll catch one trolling here. 


There has been a couple wahoo around offshore, as well as some tripletail. Back on the reef the mangrove snapper bite has been very good, with some real quality fish up to 5 lbs. The Warbird also had one of the biggest cero mackerel we've seen at Bud n' Mary's in a long time, weighing in at 12.4 lbs. There's also been some yellowtail and a couple mutton snapper around. 


Way offshore there has been a fair bite of swordfish. A few days have been slow with just a cheap shot or two, but we had one really good day on the Broad Minded where we caught 3 fish. Many swordfish trips are decided by one bite, meaning if you catch that bite you have a great trip, but if you miss it you have a slow trip. We are getting into the prime months for swordfish, so I'm sure we'll see some fish as we approach the Fall. 


Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 to book you're next fishing charter and we'll find a great boat for you! 


Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk