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).


5/23/08 - Tarpons and Sharks - Capt. Dave Sisung

Capt. Dave Sisung took Silky & Dominic from New Jersey out even tarpon fishing.  They caught 1 out of 4 tarpon, an estimated 90 lbs.  They also caught 2 black tip sharks.  An 80 lber and a 50 lber.  Nice job!


Predator Dolphin fishing

Dolphin fishing has been great this week.  Jimmy, Eddy and the boys from Michigan slayed the dolphin.  We caught 5 slammers and 40 schoolies on tuesday as well as a 35 lber and all the gaffer you could catch on wed.  There were some slobs caught this week as well.  I saw a 73 lber hit the dock and at least a half a dozen 40+ lbers caught.  The fish have been in shallow (500-700 feet) as well as in the deep  1800 feet+.  The back side of this moon should keep them biting


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Backcountry/Offshore Report - Capt. Clyde Upchurch - Fountainhead Charters

Capt. Clyde Upchurch took Mike Wimsett, John Bennett, and son in laws Jason & Clayton (From Kansas) out for some offshore and inshore action.  They also fished with Capt. Jim Willcox, Capt. GW. Depauw, and Capt. Travis Upchurch (Clyde's son).  They caught 6 tarpon, 6 redfish, 3 bonefish, some sharks, trout, and jacks as well.  Offshore they caught around 60 dolphin altogether, and caught 12 permit fishing the wrecks on the reef up to 40 lbs! 


Birthday Dolphin aboard The Redfish!

Capt. Merv Finch and Haines Salmone had a great day on 5/18/08 dolphin fishing!  They took Craig Pagatch out for his birthday, and he celebrated by catching slammers!  They caught a 36 lber and a 25 lber, among some other gaffers.  They used live cigar minnows on spinning tackle.  The seas were calm.  They fished around 700' of water around the 409 hump for the larger fish, and found a pallet in 600' that the 25 lber was swimming around! 

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Dolphin & Marlin Action! 5/15/08 The Reel McCoy Capt. George McElveen!

Well Capt. George McElveen on The Reel McCoy has been on fire lately.  Today (5/15/08) he caught a boatload of dolphin, including about 6 fish 12-20 lbs, 3 in the 20-30 lb range, and 1 slammer that was a whopping 58 lbs!  He also caught 2 white marlin while trolling offshore!  Spectacular day!  We will try and get some pictures soon!!!