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.  Our captains will post individual reports and we will have overall marina reports.  If you've fished out of Bud n' Mary's Marina, tell your captain to write a fishing report and we will post it for all to see!  Better yet - e-mail us the fishing report and pictures (please try to reduce the size to under 300k).  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!

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12/29/16 Late December Backcountry Fishin' Report

Well here is the last report for the backcountry for the year likely!  Fishing has been good I've been out the last few days and was out of town for christmas to enjoy some time with the wifes family.  Before I left for the holidays on the 21st we had two real good days, with redfish, snook, black drum, and tarpon both days!  Also a nice cobia on one of those days as well.  It's been warm so there has still been a few tarpon around though they aren't happy ever day, but the possibility is there!  Weather is nice since I got back though with it still being very warm and slightly breezy.  Today the wind really dropped off though but we have a cold front coming in tonight to chill it down for a couple days anyways.  The last two days were pretty special we caught a good handful of nice mackerel both days, some pompano in the mix, big jack crevelles, and even some look-downs which are a funny but very pretty looking fish!  Cobias were about on the wrecks we didn't get them to bite yesterday (it was hard getting through the little fish), but today we landed several including a nice 20 lber!  We spent both afternoons catching large stuff including big blacktip sharks, bull sharks, goliath grouper, mud marlin, and more.  The cape was very buggy today we tried a couple spots for snook/reds for a minute, but the bugs drove us out of there pretty quickly.  Also got a nice triple tail today and saw a few yesterday as well.  Yesterday Capt. Mike Venezia had a nice tiger shark, mud marlin, and some mackerel and ladyfish as well.  Today he reported good patch reef fishing with hogfish, porgies, and more.  Capt. Bill Bassett reported lane snappers and mackerels in the gulf yesterday as well as a mud marlin in the chanenls with some sharks.  Capt. Gunner Guthrie reported a good bite on the pathces this morning as well with hogfish, porgies, snappers, and more.  Capt. Mike Bassett yesterday had some mackerel, jacks, and a nice cobia.  Capt. Mike Walter reported some mackerels, bluefish, and pompano both in the morning and afternoons the last couple of days.  All in all it's been a very busy week after xmas like usual, should continue through New Years.  January things usually slow down a bit as we wait for 'season' to kick back up in mid february, so it can be a great time to go fishing and beat the crowds!  If we get some cold weather look for the backcountry to light up with snook, redfish, drum, and more.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


12/21/16 Islamorada December Offshore Fishing Report 

It's been a warm winter so far here while offshore fishing in Islamorada in December. I'm not sure when it will cool down, but fortunately the fish haven't minded! We are fishing the edge of the reef this time of year, so the average distance from shore we are fishing is 3 - 5 miles. Last weekend was the Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament and Capt. Paul Ross fished his kids on the Relentless charterboat, and they had a great day the first day releasing 6 sailfish and followed up with 1 more release on the second day. They finished in 2nd place with 7 releases over the weekend. Congrats!!! Most boats have  been getting 1 - 3 sailfish bites on their trips, but making the bites count is how you have a great day. There was a couple slower days on the sails as well, with just a couple caught amongst the fleet. I think we'll get another good push of them as soon as we get some colder weather to fire them up. 


There's been an assortment of other pelagic species eating the live baits while kite fishing, slow trolling, and bottom fishing. We've seen a couple mahi, blackfin tuna, kingfish, wahoo, barracuda, shark, crevalle jack, amberjack, mutton snapper, yellowjack, and more. The yellowtail snapper bite has been steady as well, so if you want some fresh for dinner keep that in mind. 



It's harder to make it out 30 - 40 miles swordfishing this time of year with the higher winds on average as compared to summer time, but I did make it out on a couple swordfish trips on the "Broad Minded". One trip we landed a big 299 lb swordfish with Paul, and the next trip I had Joe out and we had a 150 lb swordfish close to the boat one time, but pulled the hook a little while later. The Catch 22 fished a couple days after that but unfortunately reported no bites. We also did a little deep dropping on one trip and had some barrelfish up to 25 lbs as well as a couple queen snapper. 


Christmas week is going to be a busy one here in Islamorada, so give the Marina office a call at 305 664 2461 to book your fishing trip while you're down here! The sooner the better because the fleet is filling up fast! Also make sure to check out Bud n' Mary's Outfitters while you're here, we have a bunch of Outdoor Apparel and accessories! 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 



12/13/16 Islamorada Deep Sea Fishing Report Mid December 

We had a few really nice days of weather the past week as well as a few windy and rough days. The majority of the boats are fishing the edge of the reef this time of year so even on the rough days they are able to anchor down and make the the best of the conditions. The sailfish bite slowed down the past couple days, with just a few caught amongst the fleet, but last week we saw a good bite of fish for a couple days, with the Catch 22 releasing 6 one day and the Cloud Nine releasing 4. Hopefully it will get back to that sort of action again in the upcoming days. 

The kingfish bite has remained decent the past week, although some days were more productive than others. There's been a couple blackfin tuna in the mix while live baiting and I wouldn't be suprised to see a couple wahoo coming up as well. The bottom bite for yellowtail snapper was good most of the days, one day in particular the Miss Islamorada party boat had 290 yellowtail snapper! We've seen a few nice mutton snapper, mangrove snapper, and a couple black grouper as well. A couple boats have released goliath grouper and big bull sharks too. 

Way offshore I made it out on one daytime swordfish trip and the bite was on. We went 3 for 4, the biggest around 80 lbs. We also did some deep drop bottom fishing on the way out and caught a few queen snapper and barrelfish. The winter time isn't always prime time for swordfish, but you never know what day will be the lucky day and you can have that trip of a lifetime. 

Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 to book your next Islamorada Deep Sea fishing charter! Remember we have hotel rooms and houseboats available for accomodations, so you can be right close to the fishing action! Check out Bud n' Mary's Outfitters for all the latest performance fishing gear and Kev's Cafe is open daily at 6 am to make box lunches as well as cook a hot breakfast. 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 





12/12/16 December backcountry fishing report

The winds have finally laid off again after several days of it blowing over the weekend.  Yesterday it was blowing 30+ in the morning, but it calmed down in the afternoon and today it was much nicer maybe 10-15 mph southeast, and even calmer in the gulf/backcountry.  Yesterday Capt. Jim Willcox snuck out in the late morning and caught some mangrove snappers around the islands.  Several days ago before it was blowing he got out into the gulf too and got a mixed bag - mackerels, grouper, tripletail, and sharks.  Today I got into the near gulf and we caught plenty of spanish mackerel and blue runners, it was about as good as spanish mackerel fishing as want.  We were catching them two at a time for a good clip.  Finished up with a few snappers around some islands too but it was tough to find any larger ones in the limited time we had though we managed a few filets for dinner.  Several days ago when it was calmer I got out with Jeremy Fellgraff and his dad Jon, we caught a mixed bag of pompano, mackerel, snapper, jacks, porgies, and even a couple snook - all on a half day around town!  Also had Jon and Jeff out a little over a week ago in the backcountry for snooks, reds, and drums, and we had a good day.  Capt. John Johansen spent the morning today snapper fishing and was able to work around some different islands and had a good catch of snappers.  Capt. Bill Bassett today reported a handful of nice redfish and couple snook in the everglades, though he said the bugs were horrendous with the calm and warm air.  Capt. Skip Nielsen a few days ago had a banner day in the gulf with cobia, permit, mackerel, tripetail, snappers, and more - everything seemed to be cooperating!  Anyways this week looks like it'll be good conditions so give us a call if you want to get out and fish.  Christmas week is just around the corner and that is the busiest week of the year here in the Keys, so make sure you get your trips planned before it's too late!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


12/6/16 Offshore/Reef Fishing report for early December

We just came off a busy weekend here at Bud n' Mary's Marina in Islamorada, Florida Keys. Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Islamorada Sailfish Tournament took place and Capt Paul Ross and his crew took 1st place with 15 sailfish releases over the 3 day event! CONGRATS!!! 

A lot of other boats have got in on the sailfish action the past week, averaging 1 - 3 fish per trip. The king mackerel have showed up in pretty good numbers, with fish ranging from 5 - 20 lbs. Also while live baiting on the edge of the reef we've seen a handful of blackfin tuna and a few mahi. This isn't the time of year to expect mahi every trip, but you always have a shot at getting one or two. 


The bottom bite has been very good for yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper, mutton snapper and a few grouper. Remember we can keep grouper throughout December, but on January 1st the season closes for 4 months. I didn't hear of any cobia caught the past week but I'm sure we'll start seeing some more soon. 


Way offshore I made it out on one swordfish trip and we went 2 for 2, with fish up to 80 lbs. We also had a few barrelfish and a queen snapper. The winter time is the hardest time of year to plan on swordfishing because the weather is usually a little more unstable and windy, but if the weather cooperates you always have a fair shot off Islamorada. Keeping reef fishing as a back up option is the best plan, because if it's blowing 20 knots and we don't want to run 40 miles offshore, you can always go 4 -5 miles from shore and still have action with reef fish. 


Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book you're next fishing adventure!!! Remember we can mail out Bud n' Mary's T shirts for Christmas Gifts, so give us a call if you want to order a couple. Or if you're intown check out our Outfitters store and see all the new gear. 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk