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).


Backcountry tarpon!

4/24/08 Dave Sisung with his angler Jimmy from Texas went 1 for 3 on the tarpon.  They caught an estimated 120 lber though.  This was in the morning.

4/27/08 Vic Gaspeny tarpon fished and went 3 for 3!  Marco & Katrina Mani landed tarpon in the 80 to 120 lb range.  The bite is great on the falling tide!


Summer time is here!

Hey everyone!  Capt. James Chappell from the charter boat "Catchalottafish" here with an exciting report!  What great fishing we have going on offshore right now with the summertime fish moving in and the winter time fishing still doing well!  There are Mahi-Mahi (so good you gotta say it twice!) offshore with tunas and Jacks on the humps, and Sailfish, Kingfish, Snappers and groupers in on the reef!  What a trip we can have with all these great fish here at one time! There has also been a great Tarpon bite in close.  We also offer evening shark trips as well for those of you that might get a bit queasy on those offshore trips!   Check us out when booking your trip, and let's get out there on the water!  Looking forward to hearing from you soon!


Tight Lines,

Capt. James Chappell



whats biting

Well summer has finally showed it face!!  The dolphin fishing is starting to pick up on the backside of the moon.  We caught 20 nice lifters and gaffers last week with a couple of 20 pounders mixed in.  It should only get better.  On the reef the yellowtails are BITING as well as the Kingfish.  There are still quite a few straggling sailfish being caught.  The N.E. wind along with a east current is helping the last few migraters push to the surface and they are HUNGRY.  The permit have moved onto the wrecks and have been cooperating well.  We caught three yesterday, includung one well over thirty pounds.


Capt Augie Wampler



Backcountry Fishing Report 4/23/08 Capt. Skip Neilsen

Capt. Skip had his wife Cyd Nielsen went in the backcountry with their niece Mandy from Knoxville along with her fiancee Brandt Snedeker. (He placed 3rd in the Masters golf gournament in Augusta, Georgia!) Cyd & Mandy each caught grand slams of tarpon, redfish, and snook! Last night Brandt released his first really big tarpon, an estimated 140 lbs, caught with a live mullet. The westerly winds as of late have the tarpon fishing a little off, but the snook bite out west of Cape Sable was very good. Skip had 16 releases today and kept a 31" for dinner!



Well Richard and the guys went out on 4/22/08 and did alright.  They caught 2 swords.  They had a shark eat off  a 3rd one before the wind really picked up and the headed in.  I'll try and post some pictures soon.

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