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).


cold fronts and cold water

I took Jim and Ken Russell out fishing for 2 days. December 1 and 2. On both days we had leading edges of cold fronts roll through. On day one we were out near Sprigger Bank. Started out slick calm but as we watched a low-lying black cloud came through and the wind switched to the northwest at 15mph. Not too bad so we continued to fish. The Spanish mackerel bite was strong, probably catching 30 nice fish. After that we ran over to the Sandy Key area and spent the afternoon throwing jigheads tipped with a live shrimp in the drains and channels. 7 nice snook and lots of jack crevalle.

day 2 another black cloud rolled in on us and this one brought real wind and cold. One minute it was calm and the next 30 mph. We ran the edges of the flats and banks and still got some spray but ended up in the lee of the mainland near Flamingo in
Everglades National Park. We picked at fish all day using jigheads and live shrimp again. Redfish,snook,seatrout,sheephead,blackdrum and jack crevalle. On a blustery cold day we ended up with lots of fish and a good time.capt.skip nielsen can be booked through BudnMarys marina or you can email him at skipcyd@bellsouth.net



Capt. Jim Willcox with great day in the back!

Scott Porto & Nick Ruggerio returned to Bud & Mary's to fish with Captain Jim Willcox for three days over Thanksgiving.Day one was 27 redfish & assorted others. Day two 3 cobias & assorted snappers & groupers, Day three 5 bonefish, a 12lbr, a 14 lbr & three around 7 pounds



gulf of mexico action fishing

today I had Bill Blakey and his brother Jack and Bill's son Casey who is 10 years old. We fished some spots early on near Sandy Key. The Spanish mackerel went wild. We caught spanish 3 to 7 lbs till the outgoing tide stopped at 11am. Also released some gag grouper to 22". Then we ran out to the west to a small wreck in 15' of water and Casey with just a little help from dad released a goliath grouper of 100lbs. Then Bill caught a cobia that was 40" and a great dinner was in the box. another fun day backcountry fishing.


house mud  Bones

yesterday afternoon I fished a fellow from Wisconsin. We found a bonefish mud the size of a house. We poled around it and using a jighead tipped with shrimp managed to pick off 4 fat bones! Good going Rick.

After that we fished some patch reefs and kept mangrove snapper and yellowtail for dinner. Rick released 5 grouper as well. Then we headed out to the reef as it was almost slick calm. Saw some sailfish showering bait but no luck, just a nice king mackerel. great afternoon.

In the backcountry lots of spanish mackerel and bluefish. near Flamingo the snook and reds are biting.

happy thanksgiving.

to fish with me either contact BudnMarys or email me at skipcyd@bellsouth.net

fishing is really good now and not crowded.


Sailfishing HOT

Lots of boats have been catching sailfish lately, including the Sachem which caught 13 today!  Pictures to come soon!  Some tournaments are coming up soon and everyone has been bait fishing getting ready...