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.  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!

P.S. You can also read Capt. Rick Stanczyks daily updated fishing reports here or daily tarpon reports here (during season).


8/17/18 August Backcountry Fishin' Report

August is here and things are finally starting to slow down a bit with business as is par for the course this time of year.  We are not experiencing any negative effect from the Red Tide on the west coast of Florida - the water is clean and the fish are biting!  We had a very good summer and were thankful for that especially after dealing with IRMA last year.  The fishing in July was just epic and really for all different types of species.  August things seemed to have slowed down a little bit but there are definitely still fish to be caught, some days you just have to work a little harder at it.  We have definitely had a lot more wind in August as compared to July so that has made things a little tougher but at least kept the heat down.  There are still a good amount of tarpon around on that front.  I was away for a week but have fished a handful of days and we've still been seeing some decent size groups of fish.  They are not biting as well as they were in July, we've had to put time in to get a few shots, but it's definitely still been worthwhile.  A lot of the fish also have been larger size in the 80 to 100 lb range, so still a chance at some big ones too.  Capt. John Johansen had some good size tarpon earlier this month back there too.  Snook fishing has slowed down as well though it's still been OK.  Some of the fishing around the islands has still been good for them though the beaches/mainland areas have slowed down significantly.  There have been a few though and some baby tarpon and occasional redfish as well.  I know Capt. Mike Bassett has been catching a few back there as has Capt. Ted Wilson.  Capt Clyde Upchurch has had some good fishing around many of the islands for snapper and snook, and some trout in the bay as well.  Capt. Mike Walter has still been picking away at some tarpon around the bridges in the evenings.  That is still a possibility if you are wanting to get out in the late afternoon.  The mangrove snappers are showing back up in the bays and cuts too if a little half day for some action and dinner sounds good to you.  Capt. Bill Bassett reported some good snapper fishing a few days ago.  The next couple months are generally very slow with business here, especially in September.  Fishing can still be good though and it's nice to be down here without any of the crowds around.  The nice thing about fishing in the backcountry is you get it all to yourself, so your captain can really hit just about every spot he wants to and not have to worry about other boats being there.  Also it is generally calm which leads to nice water which leads to good fishing.  October fishing usually gets even better as we start to get the fall bait run... don't forget about that sometimes that is some of the best tarpon and snook fishing we get all year!  Give us a shout if you want to get out there, we are offering our off season rates on rooms.  305-664-2461

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
Facebook: Islamorada Tarpon Fishing



8/15/18 Mid August Offshore Fishing report for Islamorada 

Summer is coming to an end for a lot of kids and we had a bunch of families fishing here the past couple weeks. School is starting back up now so the family travel is slowing down, but it was nice to see the next generation of fishermen and fisherwoman get on and off the boats each morning! The mahi bite has been on and off in august. We did see a couple more SLAMMER BULL'S, including a 50.5 lber on the redfish and a 40.2 lber on the cloud nine! The first week of August was pretty good overall but the last week has been hit and miss. A few boats each day would still come back in with a box of fish but when half or more of the boats struggle just to catch a few fish it definitely isn't as consistent as we like to see! A lot of boats were finding plenty of fish but there was tons of undersize mahi, which we call "shakers" , since we shake them off next to the boat back in the water. It's always fishing so nothing is a guarantee, but all the boats here always give it a good effort! Other offshore fish we have seen include blackfin tuna and then some deep drop fish like grouper and tilefish. I think the dolphin bite will pick back up with this south east wind, as we usually see some gaffer size fish this time of year in the 8 - 15 lb range. Blueline tilefish and snowy grouper will remain open the rest of the month but come September we won't be able to keep them. In addition to the tuna on the humps we have seen some big dusky sharks too!!! Our friends also caught a nice wahoo on their private boat trolling one day as well. 

The snapper bite the last couple months has been great on the reef. It was one of the best years we have seen on mangrove (gray) snapper, so that made up for some of the slower mahi days the past week. The Miss Islamorada Party boat has been on them almost every day, with the exception of a couple days when the water was very clear and the current died. Some of the charter boats also threw some yellowtail action in the mix. With the live baits out we saw a few kingfish on the wrecks and reef as well as some big yellowjacks. 

Way offshore the swordfish bite has still been slower than normal, but the Catch 22 did have one very exciting trip where they were fighting a swordfish and a mako shark bit the tail off! The got the majority of the swordfish in and then caught the mako shark on a small piece of the swordfish! 


Tight Lines and remember to call the marina office at 305 664 2461 to book you're next Islamorada Fishing Trip! We have hotel tooms and houseboats for lodging options on property as well!! 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 


7/30/18 End Of July Deep Sea Fishing Report 

July was one of the nicest weather months we have seen in a long time here in the Florida Keys. Most days were light winds with sunshine, and there was only a few days with wind and thunderstorms. Overall the mahi bite was very good for the month. Sure not everyday is great, and there are days where some boats fill the box and others just have a handful of fish, but overall we saw some great fishing. July was the month of the big "slammer" mahi for sure. The Warbird brought the biggest to the dock this season with a 53 lber!!! The Cloud Nine had a 47 lber one trip and there was quite a few other fish in the 30 - 40 lb range. The schoolies were nice size and we had quite a few gaffer size fish in the 8 - 15 lb range. As we approach Fall we should see some of the best blackfin tuna fishing coming up the next few months. 

There was still a few billfish caught trolling including a couple blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish. The blackfin tuna bite was fair. The bite was good for a few days and slow for a few. A lot of boats bottom fished out deep and we saw blueline tilefish, barrelfish, yellowedge grouper, and snowy grouper. On the reef we had great mangrove snapper fishing. Many boats limited out on their reef trips, plus theres been some yellowtail and a couple mutton snapper. 

The swordfish bite was slower than expected in July. Usually it's one of our best months but we had more slow trips than good trips. One of our good trips was while shooting a show with Nicky Sinden (The women's world record holder for swordfish) from New Zealand for her series called "Addicted to Fishing". That trip we had 2 bites and tagged and released a 90 lber and a 50 lber. One trip the week prior we released a 50 lber as well. A handful of trips resulted in no bites at all. I think the bite will pick back up soon, and hopefully this Fall is good fishing. 


If you want a shot a mahi, blackfin tuna, or just want to stay on the reef and catch some snapper for dinner give us a call in the office at 305 664 2461 and we'll set you up with an Islamorada Fishing Charter!!! Remember we have lodging options available right at the marina too! 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 


7/20/18 July Backcountry Fishing Report

July is marching on and the fishing has been absolutely incredible!  The weather has been nice and calm just about every day, so conditions have been ideal and it seems all kinds of fishing have been good for the most part.  I've been tarpon fishing mostly myself and it's been the best fishing I think I may have ever seen for a good long period of time.  I've already crushed my monthly 'tarpon total' by quite a few, and we still have 10 days to go this month.  That includes my best day ever which we landed a total of 16 tarpon!  Truly unbeleivable we will have to see how long it holds up.  Capt. John Johansen has been back there tarpon fishing with me quite a bit, as has Capt. Jeff Beeler, Capt. Ted Wilson, and Capt. Mike Venezia.  Capt. Mike Walter has had some good local tarpon fishing in the mornings, and still gettin out on a few evening trips and having good luck as well.  Yes if you are looking to catch the Silver King, it's definitely not too late.  The rest of thsi month and even August can still be very good fishing, I'm not sure how much longer this epic fishing will last but it can still be pretty good.  Aside from that the snook fishing back in everglades national park has been good too.  Capt. Jim Willcox has been catching them regularly on artificials along the shorelines and mangrove edges.  Capt. Bill Bassett has been in on that action too as has Capt. Mike Bassett and Capt. Chris Daly.  Capt. Jeff Oughton and Capt. Clyde Upchurch have had some good trout and snapper fishing in the bays as has Capt. Sid Bryant.  Capt. Perry Scuderi had his son out last week and had some nice tripletail and cobia.  Capt. Bruce Pollock had some nice bonefish the other evening out fun fishing with his son too.  Yes it's that time of year where anything can happen.  Look us up if you are interested in getting out we've got plenty of guides available and as you can see fishing is really good this summer.  August is right around the corner and it can still be good through then too.  GIve us a call today at 305-664-2461.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
Facebook: Islamorada Tarpon Fishing


7/9/18 offshore fishing report

I'm Back!!! I apologize for the lack of reports and not keeping everyone up to date with whats been biting in islamorada! Instant Social Media has become the quickest and easiest way to get out the current fishing report, but since I had a number of people ask about the blog I wanted to get another post up asap! It was a very busy summer on the offshore boats and overall the fishing was good. The next couple weeks aren't slammed so if you want to get out on a fishing trip or need a hotel in Islamorada please give us a call at 305 664 2461 and we'll set you up! All types of fishing go up and down and other weeks are better thans others, the bite can turn on and off overnight! That being said the mahi bite overall was good but we did have some very slow days and some mediocre days in the mix. The last couple weeks we finally started seeing some "slammer" dolphin in the 20 - 40 lb range, and quite a few medium size fish in the 5 - 15 lb range. The last weeks boat have averaged 15 - 30 fish on their full day trips. Mahi will be our main target the next couple months while deep sea fishing in Islamorada. We have seen a handful of billfish caught while trolling too, a few sailfish , blue marlin and white marlin. We're not the best spot by any means to catch a marlin but you never know what you'll catch off Islamorada! 


Other fish we have caught have inlcuded blackfin tuna, both "footballs" in the 4 - 8 lb range and a few in the 15 - 30 lb range on live bait. A lot of boats have got in on the deep drop action and we saw more Yellowedge grouper caught this year ( in 400 - 700 of water) , then we've ever seen before! There's also been a few golden tilefish, barrelfish, plenty of blueline tilefish, and even a couple of wreckfish the past week! All of the deep water bottom fish are great eating so no complaints there! 

A few boats have been fishing the reef, especially on half days, and the yellowtail snapper bite has been decent and there's been a handful of mutton snapper. The mangrove snapper are just starting to spawn so we should see plenty of those the next couple weeks! The Miss Islamorada party boat had a keeper black grouper and a suprise cobia on one of their recent trips, so that made for some excitement. If you plan on fishing on the party boat please call ahead of time to make a reservation so we can put your name on the list. Remember we need a minimum of 10 people to fish! 305 664 2461. We also just added an instagram account for the Miss Islamorada so check them out at @missislamorada. 


Way offshore we have done a number of swordfish trips and the bite has been decent this summer. We haven't got them every trip but I would say an average of 3 out of 4 trips we get atleast 1 fish. The fish have ranged from 40 - 125 lbs lately but we did battle one over 200 lbs that got away on a recent trip. 


Thanks for reading our blog post and if you've had fun on a recent trip at bud n mary's marina we'd love a review on trip advisor. 

Tight Lines 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk