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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3/26/17 Late March backcountry fishin' report!

March is almost over it's hard to beleive but here it is.  The early spring has yielded some decent fishing overall.  The tarpon bite has been up and down, we had one hard late cold front about 10 days ago and that slowed them down for a little bit.  The last few days though things had picked right back up.  I myself had a banner day in the everglades, we had a very big day landing quite a few tarpon and putting many more in the air.  It was slick calm and the water temps had started to warm up nicely.  The last few days the wind kicked up again but the tarpon have still been around.  We caught a couple yesterday in the backcountry along with some sharks and plenty of trout, and today we caught a couple locally around town on a half day along with more sharks and a couple big jacks.  Previously I had taken a week or so off to welcome my son Felix into the world, he and mom are both very happy and health so we are thrilled.  Though elsewhere on the water Capt. Mike Venezia had reported some tarpon action locally around town too.  He also got a couple permit last week, one nice fish that was over 30 lbs!  There had been a few hogifsh on the patches too, he along with Capt. Dave Peck and Capt. John Johansen had reported a handful of hogfish along with a few snappers and porgies on the patch reefs.  It hasn't been red hot out there, but if you work around the various rocks and coral heads, you can usually pick a few quality fish and have some other rod bending action too.  In the backcountry the trout bite has been very good still, lots of good size trout in the bays.  Capt. Dave Sisung and Capt. Al Polofsky had some nice trout the other day, they also both caught tarpon in the backcountry a few days before that.  Capt. Bill Bassett ventured deep into the backcountry yesterday, 50 miles or more, and they said they had epic fishing for snook and redfish in very shallow water.  Capt. Jim Willcox had a nice bonefish yesterday morning.  Capt. Gunner Guthrie reported a couple tarpon locally around town this morning as well.  Capt. Skip Nielsen has had some good tarpon fishing as of late too, he also reported some monster bull sharks and goliath grouper in the gulf the other day.  He had a big goliath get eaten by the sharks too.  This coming week looks to be a good one - we have the winds lightening up and the waters warmed back up into the high 70 degree range.  A perfect recipe for good tarpon fishing!  There were plenty of fish in the backcountry the other day, and I saw a bunch today in a few areas that I fished locally.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


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