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).


an afternoon fishing trip

Arnold Gold and his wife Bobbie from LA are in town this week. Yesterday evening we went out into the backcountry for some action. action we had. First we found a fish mud. Using bucktail jigs tipped with shrimp Bobbie caught and released a nice bonefish. moving on to another larger "mud"  Arnold really got into the action. 5 nice seatrout,many jacks and ladyfish. Using the ladyfish for bait Arnold released 12 blacktip sharks and a six foot bull shark. fun stuff. As the sun was setting we motored back towards Islamorada and drifted a channel baited up for tarpon. Just as darkness settled in Arnold hooked up a monster tarpon. 40 minutes later the fish(estemated at 140 to 150lbs) was alongside the boat. good going Arnold.


Dolphin action! Sachem Capt. Bill Bassett 5/2/08

Capt. Bill Bassett and Capt. Bill Chapman aboard the Sachem had some good action offshore with 4 customers from the Canon group.  Lots of schoolie dolphin, and a bull 35 lbs, as well as 2 cows in the 18-20 lb range.  Small feathers on the hump produced!  They also caught a 50 lbs amberjack dropping on the hump. 


Spring Dolphin - Cloud Nine Capt. Greg Eklund 5/2/08

The spring winds from the east are encouraging the dolphin to gather in 300-500 feet of water.  The fish are mixed in size from 5-15 lbs with a few slammer size fish up to 40 lbs.  The weather forecast for the next few days continues fresh breezes from the east.  I expect the quality dolphin fising to continue.  We also fished the reef this week.  Nice yellowtail snappers up to 5 lbs, a few 2-4 lb mangrove snapper, and some black groupers & king mackeral were caught.  May is a great month here in the keys for both offshore and reef fishing.  Please call Bud N' Mary's for more reports!

Cloud Nine Charters
Capt. Greg Eklund


Bonefish are biting! Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti

Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti went out with Roger Crandall and friend John and had a great day.  They caught 5 bonefish up to 7 lbs!  They also caught 2 bonnethead sharks.  Live shrimp worked well, sightfishing the flats in the Islamorada area!  Great!


Great Tarpon Action! Capt. Dave Sisung

4/29/08 the fellows from the MEAD paper company group caught two tarpon, each over 100 lbs!  Nice job!
4/30/08 walleye legend Orin Bliss caught a 135 lb tarpon, plus another premature release!  Also 2 nurse sharks were caught by Carmen and Orin!  Fantastic!

Capt. Dave Sisung