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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4/28/16 End of April Islamorada Backcountry Fishing Report

Boy time is flying it's hard to beleive it's almost May and summer time is just around the corner.  It is starting to feel that way as things are heating up and the winds have laid down from the crazy 20-30 mph stuff we and we look to have a nice weekend in store.  The late cool fronts have also slowed down we were still having a lot of wind shifts through early April and that kept us guessing as far as the fishing went.  Tarpon season has been in full swing however it's not been very easy for much of April.  The fish have really been biting good in little windows though many a times it's been tough to get them to respond.  It's not that they aren't around but they have just been very moody.  I myself had done several early morning trips and we had good success with that getting a few bites each trip and landing fish on just about all of them.  The evening fishing has been decent too with sunset being a good time to be out there.  The day time bite has definitely been a little more hit and miss.  Today we found a pack of tarpon though and got them to respond and managed to catch a couple along with a few sharks and some nice sea trout as well.  Capt. Bill Bassett has been getting on the tarpon in the backcountry the last week along with Capt. Skip Nielsen.  Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti and Capt. Gunner Guthrie have been working hard around town and have had success as well.  Capt. Mike Venezia has been catching some tarpon too along with Capt. Jeff Beeler.  Capt. Richard Stanczyk Sr. has had some good fishing he guided his friend Capt. Al Ristori with the star ledger to a 15 lb bonefish as well as multiple tarpon.  This was the biggest bonefish Richard had seen landed in his life that's something to be said for over 40 years of bonefish fishing.  He also got on some snook and tripletail in the backcountry last week.  Anyways things are looking up and May is usually a great month for fishing down here and as always I really love the summer time when the winds are calm and conditions remain relatively the same, fishing can be very good!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


4/16/16 Mid April Offshore Fishing Report

The month is flying by here in Islamorada and it's already past the mid way point in April! Boats have been venturing out both way offshore in search of mahi and tuna, and staying on the edge of the reef. Each day has been a little different, and we are definitely in the spring time transition. Overall there has been good fishing but a couple days were definitely slower. On the reef the past few days the yellowtail snapper bite has been on fire. There's been nice "flags" averaging 2 lbs on the deeper reef and smaller keepers on the patch reefs. We've also seen a couple mutton snappers in the mix. On the bottom rods there's been both black and red grouper caught and released, and I know everyone is excited for May 1st when season opens for them! 

While live baiting outside the reef there's been a couple sailfish still around. We're still seeing some king mackerel, a couple tuna, permit, amberjack, and a few other fish around the wrecks just outside the reef. Check out this big 37 lb african pompano! 

Further offshore the mahi bite has been on and off. A few days boats have done decent with 8 - 12 fish, raning from 3 - 20 lbs, but some days boats ran all over the ocean for just a couple fish. One day Last week the Catch 22 had a spectacular day, and Jo Anne caught a big 46 lb Bull!!!  It was funny becuase we posted the picture to our social media outlets and everyone accused us of photoshopping the picture!! Sure it was a good camera angle with the iPhone, but I had to tell all these wannabee Sherlock Holmes' not to quit their day jobs! It was a good thing I took multiple pics of the fish when it hit the dock. I think most of the guys sitting behind their computer and phones were jealous that Jo Anne caught a bigger mahi than them! It looks like we are going to get some east wind here starting tomorrow so hopefully this coming week the mahi fishing gets a little more consistent. There's been some blackfin tunas, amberjacks, and sharks around the humps as well. 


Way offshore there's been a couple swordfish around and Capt. Nick Stanczyk caught a 160 lber his last trip and a 95 lber the trip before. 

Give the marina office a call at 305 664 261 and we'll help set up your next fishing charter in Islamorada

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 

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4/13/16 April Backcountry Fishing Report

April is here and tarpon fishing season is in full swing!  It's been a little slower start this season I think we've all gotten spoiled with the good early february/march fishing we had the last few years though weather patterns were totally different.  The late chilly weather with the ever changing wind directions seems to have settle down now and this was an 'el nino' year which had goofy weather for people all over the country through the winter and spring.  Anyways the last couple weeks there have been plenty of tarpon around the bite hasn't always been consistent though water temps are still in the mid to high 70 degree range.  I've had many several days where we have seen fish all over the place literally hundreds of them and just can't seem to get a response.  Other times they are biting everything that hits the water.  Though they should normalize now as we get a little more consistent east/southeasterly wind and the water gets into the 80s.  The evening fishing on the falling tides has been very good the last week.  Previous to that I had a few tough mornings where we only had a bite each morning with a handful of cheap shots and things just didn't come quite together to land a fish, but things are getting better now.  We had good fishing the last several nights and landed multiple tarpon.  The mornings and days have been OK though a bit more work a lot of moving around and getting a bite here and there.  I didn't fish this morning but I heard it was pretty good around a few of the bridges.  Capt. Mike Venezia, Capt. Gunner Gutherie, and Capt. Mike Nichols both reported good tarpon action this morning.  I know the last few nights Capt. Mike Bassett, Capt. John Johansen, and Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti were also on a good tarpon bite.  Capt. Bill Bassett got a handful of nice snook yesterday in the backcountry, as well as some very nice tripletails in the gulf.  The traps won't be out much longer so this is the last chance to do a little bit of triple tail fishing out there.  Capt. Skip Nielsen has been on the tarpon of course and has had good fishing the last couple weeks as well.  Capt. Jim Willcox has been tangling with big critters in the backcountry including large hammerhead, tiger, and blacktip sharks, as well as big 'mud marlin.'  Spring time is here so get out and go fishing!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


4/4/16 early April reef and offshore Fishing Report for Islamorada 

It was a super busy week here fishing in Islamorada at Bud n' Mary's Marina. Tons of boats fished and we saw a variety of fish caught. On the reef there was a couple sailfish around each day, and one day they bit pretty decent and a handful of boats had 3 - 4 releases a piece. 


We've also seen a few kingfish each day, especially if you have the right live bait. One of the most impressive catches the past week was a giant 82 lb wahoo aboard the Warbird!!! I believe it's the biggest wahoo ever caught out of Bud n' Mary's Marina, and Capt. Shannon had it in the boat within an hour of leaving the dock! You just never know when that fish of a lifetime is going to bite! There's also been a couple regular size wahoo too. 


The amberjack bite still remains strong with fish from 20 - 50 lbs. The blackfin tuna have been hit and miss on the humps, but they should only get better each week. There's been a few mahi around each day, but it is just the start of the season as well, so we should only see more fish each week. 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk released two big tiger sharks estimated at 500 and 600 lbs a few days ago as well. 

Bottom fishing on the reef has been decent for yellowtail snapper most days, a few days were really good when the conditions (water color and current) were right. There also been a couple mutton snapper in the mix and some groupers to release (grouper season opens May 1st). The cobias have been hit and miss, but I imagine we'll see a few more the next few weeks. The Relentless found a school one day and cuaght a giant 70.5 lber! There's also been some barracuda around the reef as well. 


Way offshore Capt. Nick also had a 211 lb swordfish on his last swordfish trip. It was the only bite of the day, and it came late in the afternoon, but it paid off! 

Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book you next fishing trip! 

Tight Lines

Capt Nick Stanczyk


This fishing report brought to you by YETI!



4/1/16 April Backcountry Fishing Report Islamorada

April is here and tarpon are too! The bite is getting a little more consistent as the fish start to settle in.  March was a bit up and down with the various wind direction changes and a couple late cold fronts, but now things are starting to be a little more predictable at least which means better fishing for all anglers!  Capt. Rick Stanczyk has reported good tarpon fishing the last several days he landed multiple fish the last few trips though a few days before that things were a little tougher he had missed opportunities on a couple of those days though still ended up catching a variety of sharks and various other critters.  Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti has been on the tarpon too also his young angler a couple days ago landed his first tarpon as well as a big jack crevelle.  Capt. Skip Nielsen has been on the tarpon long time angler Deb Riolo had a nice large tarpon yesterday afternoon.  Capt. Bill Bassett has had some tarpon and shark action the last few days and he has alsot still been picking away at some tripletails.  His anglers also got on some bonefish late last month on a very windy day.  Capt. Jim Willcox had a good day landing multiple tarpon several days ago and he also got some backcountry action going a few days ago with redfish and snook.  Capt. Mike Bassett had a jumbo goliath grouper the other day and a couple nice tarpon today.  Capt. John Johansen has been on the tarpon and sharks as well lately.  Anyways it is tarpon time and that is what most guides are fishing for these days, come on down April is prime time and we have plenty of evening trips available.  That is a prime time to catch big tarpon!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk