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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4/11/17 April Backcountry Fishing Report

April is moving right along and it's been full steam ahead tarpon fishing in the everglades and locally around Islamorada.  Fishing has been decent we are just coming off of a late season cold front that made fishing a little slower the last week/weekend, but water temperatures are getting back up to where they should be now.  Unfortunately the wind has been howling and is scheduled to keep doing so throughout the week, so this has made things a little less comfortable and also kept the water from really getting back up to wear the fish are often super happy.  I've tarpon fished pretty much all of my last several trips, today I had Carl and Buck and we caught a couple nice tarpon locally on a half day, and they also fished with me 4 days ago and each caught one that day as well though we had to fish all day for two bites.  Over the weekend return customer Chester fished with me with his nephew Ruben, and they caught two tarpon on Saturday, and a nice mutton snapper for dinner, and another tarpon on Sunday in the backcountry along with a couple sharks and some nice mangrove snappers for dinner.  Roy and Tye fished with me yesterday all day and we had a tough morning, not being able to find much for tarpon or sharks, we had bailed for a bit to try and catch some trout and caught a few though even that was tough at that point.  I asked them if they wanted to go for the home run and keep trying for tarpon, which they did, and it proved to be a good call as we caught several tarpon in the backcountry along with some big blacktips and a big lemon shark, all in the last couple hours of the day.  You can keep up with my personal daily tarpon reports at islamoradatarpon.com.  Capt. John Johansen has reported a steady tarpon bite locally in the evenings, as well as a few fish in the backcountry channels as well.  Capt. Skip Nielsen has had some tarpon action both locally and afar too.  Capt. Mark Hlis had a nice tarpon on fly today for angler Tom from Grand Rapids.  Capt. Chris Daly has had some good tarpon action locally around the bridges and some of the channels in the last week.  Capt. Gunner Guthrie has had some nice tarpon and good mangrove snappers lately, as well as some nice hogfish over the weekend when it slicked out saturday afternoon.  Capt. Mike Bassett caught a 'mud marlin' locally both the last two days as well as a big tarpon yesterday.  Capt.  Bill Bassett and Capt. Jim Willcox both had some tarpon locally several days ago too around the bridges.  As you can tell it's the tarpon time of year and most guides will be focusing on that primarly, though of course there are other options especially on the days when tarpon seem tough to catch so dont be afraid to ask.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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