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!

To see older fishing reports, scroll to the bottom and click the page numbers!


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


1/22/17 Reef fishing report for Mid January in Islamorada

We just finished up the Cheeca Lodge Sailfish Tournament here in Islamorada yesterday. It was a two day event and the Bud n' Mary's boats made another strong showing! Capt. Travis Dickens aboard the Indigenous led his team to a first place finish with 8 releases. Capt. Paul Ross aboard the Relentless finished in second place with 7 releases. Congrats everyone!!! Overall the sailfish bite has been fair, with most boats getting 1 - 4 bites per trip. The week before The Relentless also took second place in the Islamorda SailFly tournament, with Konnor Ross releasing his first ever sailfish on fly! Last Tuesday was the "Over the Hill Sailfish Tournament" for anglers over 50 years old, and Capt Ray from the Reel McCoy charterboat ran a local privately owned boat in town to take first place and Capt. Joe aboard Fearless put his family in 3rd place! Great job everyone!!! 



We had a couple calms days of weather last week as well and sure enough some nice cobias were found just inside the reef. It's a hunting game that takes extreme patience looking for them, but if find a big stingray with a school of cobia following them be ready for action! There's been some nice king mackerel on the reef and wrecks, as well as the occasional wahoo and african pompano. The snapper bite has been decent most days with enough yellowtails for dinner and the occasional mutton snapper in the mix as well. Remember our shallow water grouper season is closed, but it's still fun to catch and release the black groupers and red groupers. 

Way offshore I made it out on one daytime swordfish trip aboard the "Broad Minded" and Jerry landed his first ever swordfish. We've had a lot of luck with my new personal "STANZ daytime swordfish rod" which are available for sale now here at Bud n' Mary's Outfitters and online at www.floridakeysswordfishing.com. 

Give the marina office a call to book you winter time fishing adventure here in Islamorada and we'll get you set up with a great boat and crew! 305 664 2461

Tight Lines 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 




Mid January Backcountry Fishing Report

It was good to get back into town last week after spending a week out in Wyoming skiing where it was getting down to -25 at night... Brrrr!  I've been lucky enough to have fished every day since I got back and we had our first real deal cold front hit us a couple nights before I got back and got down into the 50s here and the water got down around 60.  This led to some good conditions for the backcountry specimens such as black drum, redfish, snook, and sheepshead.  Usually right after these hard fronts, once the water has a chance to warm slightly to mid 60s, fish can stack up in certain areas and lead to some pretty good days on the water.  Most every day I've gotten back into the cape sable area and had good action with some nice size snook, a mix of redfish and black drum, and a few sheepshead.  We got a couple large black drum in the 30 lb range in the last week too... on of my favorite things to catch when its colder.  Brandon and his dad Fred fished with me and had a great day with all those specimens, and Brandon got one of those big lunker drums.  Tony and Rob were with me the other day and we did a mixed bag, catching some mackerels as well.  Jerry and his boys down from NJ were here early in the week as well, with lots of drum and snook.  The gulf fishing has been good though it's been a bit windy so some of the smaller skiffs can't always get out there.  Capt. Mike Bassett and Capt. Mike Venezia both had reported good days at the cape with drum and snook, and M. Bassett had a nice tarpon the other day.  Capt. Jim Willcox today had redfish, snook, sheepshead, and even a juvenile tarpon.  Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti reported a mix of jacks, ladfyish, mackerel, bluefish, and a nice grouper fishing locally around town.  Capt. Bill Bassett has been taking his canoe with one of his regular customers and getting into some nice reds and snook in the very deep shallow creeks in the everglades.  Capt. John Johansen had a mix of snook, redfish, and black drum a few days ago.  Looks like the winds are suppose to lay off throughout the week and maybe by mid week it'll be calm throught the weekend.  This should be great for patch reef fishing and also going into the gulf.  Give us a call if you want to get out on the water, it's a great time of year with the cooler weather to go fishing!  305-664-2461

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


1/8/17 Early January Offshore Fishing Report

We had the first strong cold front of this winter hit us last night here in Islamorada, Florida Keys. It's windy today but I wouldn't be suprised if it sparks the sailfish up. The Catch 22 had a great trip catching and releasing 9 sailfish in one day last week! Most of the boats have still been averaging 1 - 3 bites per trip, and making the bites count has been important. We've seen a couple tuna and a couple stray mahi caught as well while targeting sailfish. 

 Blackfin tuna aboard the "That's Right" 

The shallow water grouper season is closed but some boats have still and caught released a few while targeting yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper, and mutton snapper. There's been plenty of sharks around too, some eating the snapper before you can get them in the boat. If you want to pull on something big don't be afraid to ask the crew to rig up a shark rod as we've seen a lot of bull sharks and sandbar sharks lately. There's been kingfish around every day and a couple wahoo last week while it was calm. A couple boats found cobias when it was calm, and I bet after this blow we'll see more of them. Barracudas have provided action on the reef as well. 


Wahoo on the Kalex 

Big Yellowtail snapper for this junior angler on the Cloud Nine 

Way offshore the Catch 22 made it out on a daytime swordfish trip and went 2 for 4 on broadbill swordfish, with fish in the 60 - 70 lb range. On the 37' Freeman Boatworks "Broad Minded" I made it out on two swordfish trips and we had 1 bite each trip, catching a 75 lber one day and a 331 lb monster the next! We also caught a couple queen snapper on the way out. The swordfishing this winter has been better than usual, so hopefully they stick around. 


Give the  marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book your next offshore fishing trip in Islamorada at Bud n' Mary's!!! 

Tight Lines

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 



End of December 2016 Islamorada Deep Sea Fishing Report 

Well 2016 came and went awfully quick, but we ended it with some great catches at Bud n' Mary's Marina in Islamorada, Florida Keys!!! The sailfish bite was fair the last 10 days of month, with most boats getting 1 - 3 shots per trip. Making the bites count is the biggest factor inbetween having a great day or a slow day fishing. Remember all of our sailfish are catch and release and the best way to remember them is to get a picture of them in the water, it against federal fishery rules to pull them out for a picture. 


We had a couple calm days before the cold front came through last week and we saw some beautiful cobia caught. Some boats had 4 - 5 keepers and the Kalex had a big 66 lber one trip. We should see cobia the next few months, but they are a species of fish that take a lot of patience to look for and we won't get them every day, but when you find them be ready for action! Around the wrecks there's been king mackerel,  a couple blackfin tuna, some amberjack, and a few mutton snapper. The yellowtail snapper bite on the reef has been good overall, including some nice "flags" in the 2 - 3 lb range. Since today is January 1st our shallow water grouper season is closed for the next 4 months, but we were happy to see a few boats catch some keeper black and red grouper the last couple days of December. There's also been some big bull sharks and sandbar sharks if you want a tug of war. 


Way offshore I personally did a couple deep drop trips and managed a few queen snapper most trips as well as a couple barrelfish. I also took advantage of the two nice weather days to go swordfishing and the first day we had an epic trip going 6 for 7 on broadbill swordfish including a 292 lber! The next day we went 2 for 3 and got a 280 lber! It was an exciting last couple swordfish trips to end the year. Winter time is my least favorite time for swordfish, but as you can see you never know when you're going to have an epic trip!!! The Cloud Nine also made it out one day and reported a couple bites but unfortunately didn't land them. If swordfishing is on the bucket list, Islamorada is one of the best places in the World to fish for them when the weather is right. 

Tight Lines and Happy New Year!!! Bring on 2017!! Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 to book your next fishing charter in the Florida Keys!!! 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk