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).


Deep Dropping Report! Redfish Capt. Merv Finch

Capt. Merv Finch with mate Haines Salmone aboard the Redfish had some good action on 5/9/08.  Roger Ashley's party from Winter Haven, FL had some fun deep dropping.  Winds were 10-15 knots, and conditions looked good in 600-700 feet of water.  They caught 30 lb, 20 lb, and 15 lb snowy groupers, and a dozen tilefish! 
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Big tarpons!

Capt. Ricky Stanczyk caught 2 nice tarpon on the evening of 5/8/08.  Drifting down by channel 2 bridge with live crabs did the trick.  Valerie Greco caught 1 est. 125lbs and then Ricky caught another est. 100lbs.  Good bite between 6:30 and 8:30 pm with the end of the outgoing tide!


tarpon have saturated Islamorada

the bite is on....Fred Clancy Sr. and Fred Clancy Jr. enjoyed releasing 3 tarpon last night. They are visiting from Cape Cod.

All the guides had action. The tides are perfect for the coming week so make arrangements to get out and catch a tarpon on an afternoon and evening trip.


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.