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!


5/10/17 Early May Offshore Fishing Report

The weather has been super nice the last few days here in Islamorada. We had some windy weather late last week but by Saturday afternoon conditions got beautiful. A lot of boats are venturing offshore and I would say the mahi bite has been decent overall. There were a few really good days where all the boats had fish as well as a few days where half the boats found them and half did not. Things should only get more and more consistent each week. On the "Broad Minded" we fished the Marathon Bull and Cow dolphin tournament over the weekend and took 3rd place for the 3 fish aggregate with 29, 28, and 24 lb fish, as well as 3rd place largest cow with a 23 lber. Most of the fish have been in the 3 - 10 lb range but if you put the time in you definitely have a shot at some slammers! The football blackfin tuna turned on the last few days and the amberjacks have been pretty happy on the humps too. A lot of boats have been deep dropping for blueline tilefish, snowy grouper, and there's a couple queen snapper still around. 

Back on the reef the yellowtail snapper bite has been pretty good overall. We finally could keep grouper after May 1st and a lot of boats got in on the grouper action. We saw black grouper on the docks pushing 30 lbs and plenty in the 10 - 20 lb range. There was some red grouper caught as well. Unfortunatley the first few days of season is usually the best few days of the year, but without a doubt the next couple months you'll have a shot at getting a grouper or two if you put the effort in. There's some nice mutton snapper and permit around too. The Reel McCoy released a permit pushing 40 lbs!  

Way offshore the Catch 22 made it out on 2 daytime swordfish trips, catching 1 fish one trip and 2 fish the second trip. All the fish were around 60 lbs. The Bn'M also released a juvenile swordfish their last trip, and on the Broad Minded we got one fish about 125 lbs yesterday, but no bites the trip before that. We did get a bigeye thresher shark though, which is a super cool creature. We released him after a couple photos. 

Give the marina office a call to get in on the fishing action in Islamorada! 305 664 2461! May is a great month here to do a little bit of everything! 

Tight Lines

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 


4/30/17 End of April Islamorada Deep Sea Fishing Report 

We had some beautiful weather last week in Islamorada, but sure enough the wind picked back up to 20 knots the weekend. The mahi were thick mid week with many boats having their limit of 10 fish per person. Most fish have been 3 - 8 lbs but there was a few from 20 - 30 lbs as well. Unfortunately the bite got really slow by Friday and there wasn't many caught that day or Saturday. A few boats didn't catch any, a few caught a handful, and a couple boats still had 8 - 10 fish. There isn't much current out there right now, so hopefully things pick up after the windy weather today and we start seeing them again in big numbers this coming week. The weather looks to be improving a lot for next week as well, which will make it easier to target them. The blackfin tuna haven't been happy with the light amount of current on the humps, but I expect to see them get back to normal any day. There's been plenty of back breaking amberjacks out there, with a few big sharks in the mix too. 

Tomorrow is May 1st, which is a day a lot of people have been waiting for! Shallow water grouper season opens, which means all those groupers we've been releasing the past 4 months could be coming home to the dinner table! Our main target species will be black grouper but there will be some red and gag grouper in the mix as well. The yellowtail snapper bite has been on fire, with a lot of boats limiting out. There's been a couple permit around the wrecks and a couple sailfish released on the reef. If you want a barracuda there's been plenty around too! 


We took advantage of the calm weather and made it out on two daytime swordfish trips last week. The first trip was quiet until the afternoon when we got the bite we were looking for. It was an hour battle and in the end we boated a 350 lb swordfish! Congrats to Justin and his family! The next day we fished we had one bite all day as well and tagged and released a juvenile swordfish. Not all of our swordfish are big ones here, but any day you catch one is a good day! All of these fish have been caught on my NEW personal swordfish rods, so if interested in buying one check them out here! Swordfishing isn't for everyone, but if you have patience and want to try an interesting type of fishing the upcoming months are as good as any to give it a shot. You can also target mahi on the way in and out from the grounds. Also pictured is a deep water oilfish which was caught while deep dropping for swordfish. 

Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 to book your next Islamorada deep sea fishing trip! May is one of my absolute favorite months to fish here because of the variety of fish we catch. Remember we have lodging options available if you want to stay on property and be close to the fishing action! 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 


4/25/17 Offshore Fishing report 

We finally have nice weather again! It was a windy couple weeks but the winds let up and the seas calmed down Sunday afternoon. Boats still fished in the wind and rough seas, but I know everyone was excited yesterday for beautiful weather and for some of the upcoming days as well. The mahi showed up in big numbers yesterday off Islamorada. Almost all the charter boats that fished caught between 15 - 30 fish. Most of them were "schoolies" in the 3 - 6 lb range, but there was a few biggers ones. Earlier in the week the Buzz On had big bulls 3 days in a row from 31 - 35 lbs. Hopefully its going to be a good year on them, and full days are going to be when most boats make the run into the gulf stream to target mahi. 

A lot of boats fished the reef the past week. Yellowtail snapper have been on most the spots, with a few big mutton snappers mixed in. The groupers are still here, so fingers crossed they bite May 1st when season opens up! The permit are spawing right now on a couple of the wrecks and reef spots as well. Not big numbers of them but there's been a few caught. There was a few sailfish caught and released yesterday, so there is always a chance of getting a sailfish on the edge of the reef the next month and the occasional one offshore while trolling. 

There's been a lot of small blackfin tuna on the humps and plenty of amberjack. If you want to pull on something big send down the shark bait because they are around! Plenty of big bull sharks with a few other species mixed in. 

Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book your next Islamorada Fishing Charter and we'll set you up with a great boat. We also have lodging options, including standard motel rooms and floating houseboats! 

Tight Lines 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 


4/18/17 Mid April Reef and Offshore fishing report 

Sorry for skipping last weeks Islamorada fishing report, but I'm back in town and will have the weekly report up the rest of the spring and summer. The past week has been pretty windy in Islamorada, but it hasn't stopped all the boats from getting offshore, or atleast to the edge of the reef. The Spring time is a transitional time of year here, and the fishing changes day to day, but if you're ready for what's biting you can have a great day on the water. Earlier in the month there was a handful of days of great sailfishing, when they were "tailing" down a color change. The Reel McCoy and Kalex both got in on the action and had 11 releases on a single trip, and many boats had a handful of them. There was a couple cobia in the mix as well. The current died out, the wind switched a little, the water color changed, so those conditions faded, but I was happy to hear that some people experienced it. It could still happen again anytime the rest of the month or even next, we'll just have to wait and see. 

Some boats have continued to go offshore and the mahi are definitely starting to show up. They aren't thick yet, but a couple boats that braved it out had 8 - 10 fish yesterday, including schoolies and a few gaffers up to 12 lbs. Last week a few boats had some "slammers" over 20 lbs. It should only get better as we near summer. There has been some "football" blackfin tunas on the humps as well as just migrating in the gulfstream. Amberjacks are on the humps and wrecks as well, but a few spots are loaded with sharks so you have to be aggressive to get the fish up. 

The reef has been good for yellowtail snapper, with a few mangrove and mutton snapper in the mix. Grouper season opens May 1st, and everyone is hoping the grouper stick around. Almost all the boats that have bottom fished lately have reported releasing nice size black grouper with a couple red grouper. I think we will continue to see a couple sailfish here and there, but probably not with the consistency we see in the winter. The permit have been on a couple wrecks just oustide the reef, so if you're lucky and the school of fish is happy you might get in on the action. 

The Catch 22 made it out on a few daytime swordfish trips the last couple weeks, Catching 1 fish on each of their first two trips and pulling the hooks on a fish the last trip. The rest of the year is prime time to try your luck at a broadbill swordfish, and we have plenty of boats ready to give it a shot! 

Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 to book your next Islamorada Offshore fishing charter and we'll set you up with a great boat! Either fishing the reef or going offshore will be options the upcoming weeks! 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 




4/11/17 April Backcountry Fishing Report

April is moving right along and it's been full steam ahead tarpon fishing in the everglades and locally around Islamorada.  Fishing has been decent we are just coming off of a late season cold front that made fishing a little slower the last week/weekend, but water temperatures are getting back up to where they should be now.  Unfortunately the wind has been howling and is scheduled to keep doing so throughout the week, so this has made things a little less comfortable and also kept the water from really getting back up to wear the fish are often super happy.  I've tarpon fished pretty much all of my last several trips, today I had Carl and Buck and we caught a couple nice tarpon locally on a half day, and they also fished with me 4 days ago and each caught one that day as well though we had to fish all day for two bites.  Over the weekend return customer Chester fished with me with his nephew Ruben, and they caught two tarpon on Saturday, and a nice mutton snapper for dinner, and another tarpon on Sunday in the backcountry along with a couple sharks and some nice mangrove snappers for dinner.  Roy and Tye fished with me yesterday all day and we had a tough morning, not being able to find much for tarpon or sharks, we had bailed for a bit to try and catch some trout and caught a few though even that was tough at that point.  I asked them if they wanted to go for the home run and keep trying for tarpon, which they did, and it proved to be a good call as we caught several tarpon in the backcountry along with some big blacktips and a big lemon shark, all in the last couple hours of the day.  You can keep up with my personal daily tarpon reports at islamoradatarpon.com.  Capt. John Johansen has reported a steady tarpon bite locally in the evenings, as well as a few fish in the backcountry channels as well.  Capt. Skip Nielsen has had some tarpon action both locally and afar too.  Capt. Mark Hlis had a nice tarpon on fly today for angler Tom from Grand Rapids.  Capt. Chris Daly has had some good tarpon action locally around the bridges and some of the channels in the last week.  Capt. Gunner Guthrie has had some nice tarpon and good mangrove snappers lately, as well as some nice hogfish over the weekend when it slicked out saturday afternoon.  Capt. Mike Bassett caught a 'mud marlin' locally both the last two days as well as a big tarpon yesterday.  Capt.  Bill Bassett and Capt. Jim Willcox both had some tarpon locally several days ago too around the bridges.  As you can tell it's the tarpon time of year and most guides will be focusing on that primarly, though of course there are other options especially on the days when tarpon seem tough to catch so dont be afraid to ask.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk