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:


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1/29/17 Late January Backcountry Fishing Report

January is almost over it's hard to beleive!  We are currently having a cold front hit us though it's a bit unusual as it's not only cold but wet as well.  Got down around 60 early this morning and some rain bands have moved through.  Suppose to dry out later though and just be cold throughout the week, possibly getting into the high 50s the next few nights and then mid 60s later this week.  This is only really the second blast of cold weather we've had this winter, the other being in early January.  A few days ago it was flat calm and in the mid 80s!  This weather should get the backcountry fishing fired up again with things like snook, redfish, drum, and sheepshead.  In the last couple weeks I myself have been focusing on the gulf fishing.  With the warmer, calmer weather the backcountry had been a little tougher plus very buggy.  Last weekend it blew 45 mph one day and it really stirred up parts of the backcountry too, but thankfully blew a lot of the nasty algae water in the middle bay we'v been dealing with for over a year out into the ocean.  This hasn't been good for out there but at least the tides and wind should carry it away now.    Out in the gulf the spanish mackerel fishing has been stellar and there have been a good mix of snappers out there too, along with big ladyfish, bluefish, and jacks.  Last week we had some days where the cobias were popping up and had a few good catches of them.  I've caught a handful of tripletails as well, though really have not been seeing a lot of them but if you keep your eyes peeled you may get a shot or two in a day.  In the backcountry as I said it'd slowed down a bit with the warmer, dirtier water.  But still picking away at a handful of snook most days back there.  We got a nice tarpon a few days ago too when it was flat clam and warm, as well as some big sharks (lemons and blacktips), and even a few goliath groupers and 'mud marlin' one day.  Capt. Bill Bassett reported stellar fishing on one of his canoe trips, landing tarpon, snook, and redfish back in the mainland protected areas of the everglades.  Capt. Jim Willcox had reported a good mix of mackerel, jacks, bluefish, snapper, etc... in the gulf, and a few snook back in the everglades as well.  Capt. Mike Bassett has reported some nice lane snappers out in the gulf the last couple days along with plenty of mackerel, and some nice mangrove snappers yesterday on his trip with a few snook too.  Capt. John Johansen reported a decent snapper bite locally around the bridges when the water was very nasty out front on the patch reefs a few days ago, was able to get a bucket full for dinner.  Capt. Perry Scuderi and Capt. Clyde Upchurch reported some good fishing locally the other day, getting a mixed bag of ladyfish, mackerel, jacks, snapper, and some blacktip sharks on lighter tackle.  Capt. Jeff Beeler and Capt. Mike Venezia reported some snook, drum, and juvenile goliath groupers back in the everglades a couple days ago.  They said the fishing was best in the earlier morning on the lower tides back there.  All in all looks like we will have a bit more 'winter weather' this week, but it should be good for our backcountry fishing as I said.  The sediment in the water from last weeks hard blow should settle out as it cools off, and the winds aren't suppose to be cranking crazy hard but more in the 10-15mph range, so shouldn't be too gnarly out there.  Give us a call if you'd like to get out and fish we have plenty of availability!  305-664-2461

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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