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!

To see older fishing reports, scroll to the bottom and click the page numbers!


6/15/17 June Backcountry Fishin' Report

June is rolling by fast and the fishing has been pretty good overall.  Tarpon have been hit or miss, some days it seems they are thick and biting decently, and other days it's tough to find them at all.  We had 2 days in the last week where we blanked and never had a bite but had plenty of shark action, though on two other days last week on both of those we landed multiple fish getting 3 one day and 4 another.  Conditions were fairly similar but just goes to show how much these fish are moving around and keeping us on our toes.  I think as we get more into summer the fish will settle in once the spawn is over and it should get more consistent.  The last couple days we've had crazy winds though we did get out early and produce a tarpon on each trip which was good for the conditions.  We also had a good day with action fishing a few days ago, with Larry and his grandson a few days ago catching lots of trout, plenty of sharks, and lost a nice snook.  Regular customers Barry and Sarah fished with me for two days, we got a nice tarpon and lost another this morning in the 25 mph south winds, and two days ago we had flat calm perfect conditions and they each caught multiple tarpon, sharks, plenty of snook, 2 redfish, and lost a permit - just a banner day.  Capt. Bill Bassett also had some banner fishing on a couple of the flat calm days.  He was able to get out in the gulf and they caught several permit on fly both days, as well as several on bait.  It was a very special couple days.  Though on Day 3 he said the permit had vanished but they had some fun with jacks and bluefish.  Some times you have to take those kinds of gambles to have incredible days though.  Capt. Mike Venezia reported some good snook fishing over the weekend as well.  Capt. Chris Daly had some small tarpon on fly as well as some snook.  Capt. John Johansen has reported some decent evening tarpon fishing still as of late.  Capt. Mike Bassett reported some good snook action a few days ago, as well as some good action in the gulf with jacks, sharks, and lost a nice permit on a wreck.  If you are wanting to get out fishing this summer, it's a great time to go.  Make sure to bring your bug spray if you are wanting to venture in the everglades, the bugs have been a little worse than normal with all the rain we've had.  Conditions should be improving later in the week once the winds settle down, hopefully by wednesday or thursday.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


6/15/17 Mid June Islamorada Deep Sea fishing report 

The dolphin (mahi) bite has been on fire the past week here in Islamorada! A lot of boats have been limiting out on schoolies (3-6 lb mahi) and there's been a few gaffers and slammers in the 25 - 40 lb range in the mix! The blackfin tuna bite has been decent on the humps, most fish in the 3 - 10 lb range but there was a couple over 20 lbs caught. If you want a big pull just send a bait down deep and we've seen some bruiser amberjack from 40 - 70 lbs! Deep drop bottom fishing has provided tilefish and grouper as well. 

Back on the reef the yellowtail snapper bite has been steady with a few mutton snapper in the mix. The permit have been pretty consistent on a couple wrecks too. We catch and relesae our permit here, especially since they are spawning this time of year. Barracuda have been around the top of the reefs as well as a couple mackerel. 


Way offshore a few of us have got out on daytime swordfishing trips. The Bn'M caught a 135 lb fish about 10 days ago. The fished  a few days back and pulled 2 hooks, and I fished the past two days, missing one bite one trip and then battling a giant pushing 400 lbs yesterday. The big fish yesterday was foul hooked and eventually pulled off. That's part of swordfishing. Other exciting news from last week was when I teamed up with my friends on the "PAYDIRT" and we fished the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Championship and we caught a new pending record for Mississippi! The fish weighed in at 242.5 lbs and won the swordfish division in the tournament! 

Give the marina office a call while the weather is nice this coming week to book your fishing charter! 305 664 2461! 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 


5/31/17 End of May Islamorada Offshore Fishing report 

We had some incredible weather the past week offshore fishing in Islamorada. Mahi have been the main target for the boats on full day trips. The mahi bite was decent most days, but a couple days were tough when it was slick calm and there was no wind. Some boats had as many as 25 fish, while others just had a couple all day. The boats that found floating debris did well and a couple boats found nice schools of migrating fish. The bite was pretty steady today with the little bit of wind we had, so hopefully it stays that way the upcoming week. Most fish have been in the 3 - 10 lb range, with a few gaffers in the mix and a couple big bulls over 30 lbs. There's been a steady bite of "football" blackfin tuna and plenty of hard fighting amberjacks as well. We caught a few small wahoo on one piece of debris and a couple boats had a few tripletail. 

The deep dropping offshore has been pretty good with blueline tilefish, a couple queen snapper, yellowedge grouper, and snowy grouper. Back on the reef the yellowtail snapper bite has been decent most days and we are still seeing a couple black and red grouper. Some of the boats have released permit on the wrecks, with a couple fish approaching 30 lbs! Other fish caught have included crevalle jacks, sharks, barracuda, and the odd sailfish. 

Way offshore we have been out on a few daytime swordfishing trips the past week. It's been a little hit and miss this Spring, but we did get a fish 2 of our last 3 trips aboard the Broad Minded. The Catch 22 didn't have any bites the other day, but that's big game fishing. We don't get them every trip, so it makes you appreciate the good days when you are successful! 

Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 and we'll find the right trip for you! 

Tight Lines

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 


5/25/17 Deep Sea fishing report for Islamorada

I didn't realize it had been 2 weeks since my last fishing report, but it's our "busy" season here and everyone has been fishing long days so the time has been flying by. The past week the mahi bite has been good overall. There was a couple slower days, but on average the boats are getting 12 - 20 fish per trip. A lot have been nice size "schoolies", which we haven't had to measure, with a few "gaffers", and a couple "slammers". Relentless had a bull pushing 40 lbs a couple days ago and the Bn'M had a 34 lber. Fingers crossed the mahi bite remains steady. 

We've been catching plenty of "football" blackfin tuna on the humps, and there's been a few big ones in the mix. The Warbird had one right at 30 lbs last week! We've seen some big amberjack on the humps, some of them over 70 lbs!!! On the edge of the reef there was a color change with some bigger blackfin tuna caught  and some late season sailfish. well. The color change/current edge lined up for two days and the Reel McCoy took advantage of it one afternoon and released 3 sailfish. A few other boats had a release or two as well. The bottom fish deep drop bite has been pretty steady with plenty of blueline tilefish, a couple snowy and yellowedge grouper, and a couple other species in the mix. The boats bottom fishing the reef have done very well on yellowtail snapper, with a few mutton snapper and still a few black grouper. There's also been some really nice permit on a couple of the wrecks. 

Way offshore I've been out on a handful of daytime swordfish trips. The bite overall has been a little hit and miss compared to last spring, getting fish on about half of our recent trips. However, we had an awesome trip a couple days ago and went 3 for 3 on broadbill swordfish! The biggest one was 192 lbs with a couple smaller ones. Most trips have yielded one bite, and if you catch that bite you have a great trip, if you miss your opportunity it's been slow. It is big game fishing and isn't for everyone, but if you want to roll the dice this is as good as place as any! 

Give the marina office a call if you want to get in on the fishing action at Bud n' Mary's Marina. 305 664 2461. We have lodging options available inlcuding houseboats and motel rooms right on property! 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 




5/21/17 May Backcountry Fishing Report Islamorada

Sorry I haven't been able to keep up with the fishing reports as well, having a little baby at home has definitely occupied a lot of my free time!  May is going by fast and we are starting to get into summer time mode here in the Florida Keys.  The last week we had some heavy winds though it's starting to get nice again now and looks like this coming week it'll be nice.  Summer typically means lighter winds, warmer weather, and often very good fishing since the conditions stabalize.  The tarpon bite has been a little up and down though as we've had to deal with periods of heavy winds that have been sustained for multiple days.  But we've definitely still been catching.  I had Pete Davidson and crew the last 5 days and we had tarpon action every day.  The first couple days were nice and flat calm, we had multiple tarpon both days fishing in the backcountry.  The last 3 days were rough and we did go out back one of those days and caught a tarpon, but the following two days we fished locally around the channels and bridges close to home.  We did catch a couple tarpon close by one day, and the last day had a couple bites but they just didn't stay buttoned on for us.  Though a great 5 days of fishing overall.  Yesterday I had Matt Newman and his son Aiden out for a 3/4 day.  I was happy to mix it up a little bit after grinding hard for 5 days of tarpon only.  We caught plenty of snappers and some nice trout for dinner, then just tried for tarpon the last hour and managed to get a nice 80 lber for Aiden!  Capt. Mark Hlis has reported some good sight fishing in the everglades and has said the redfish are starting to be more plentiful which is good to hear as we had a tough year last year with those summer time reds in shallow with some of the algae blooms we had to deal with.  He also got a nice snook on fly with an angler.  Capt. Dave Sisung has reported some tarpon action locally as has Capt. Jeff Beeler, Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti, Capt. Gunner Guthrie, Capt. John Johansen, and Capt. Mike Venezia.  Capt. Bill Bassett and Capt. Jim Willcox reported some good fishing in the gulf a couple weeks ago on the calm days they had pompano, mackerel, triple tail, golatih grouper, and cobia!  They also got into some snook deep in the everglades as well.  As we get into June look for the tarpon bite to get a little more steady, the evening trips fishing with crabs should get more productive as the mullet start to thin out.  Snook fishing in the everglades should be a very good option too with calm winds and clean water.  I love fishing in the summer time here, June - August are just about my favorite time of year!  I am still updating my personal tarpon blog daily through tarpon season as that is much easier for me to do, so if you want to keep up with it head on over to Islamorada Tarpon Fishing website.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk