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!


12/3/16 Early December Backcountry Fishin' Report

December is here but you wouldn't know it by stepping outside.  It's been very warm and for the most part pretty windy though we did have a couple days of light winds just before this weekend.  Fishing has been fair in general, with the wind direction and the warm weather the usual winter time options haven't always been available or very productive.  But if you keep your chin up and work at it there are definitely plenty of fish to be caught.  I myself have mostly been mackerel fishing in my larger bay boat and that has been very good.  We've had to run a ways to get to the better fishing grounds, but my last three trips were fantastic and we caught mackerel the whole time we were out there among other things.  Capt. Jim Willcox yesterday said when the winds calmed down and the water got nice they hammered the redfish in the everglades.  Before that it was a bit more of a pick and there had been some black drum, snook, and sheepshead mixed in.  He also got a nice cobia off the beach one day too.  Capt. Bill Bassett was out in the gulf a couple days and said the mackerels were pretty good out there.  Last week he had some very nice triple tails while out fun fishing with his son, though a few days ago he said they had disappered or perhaps were just tougher to see due to the very muddy water.  He also reported some pompanos locally in the bay yesterday.  Capt. Clyde Upchurch reported some nice snappers and trout fishing in the islands in the florida bay, Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti reported some good rod bending action on his half day with ladyfish, jacks, and trout.  Capt. Perry Scuderi reported good action on the patch reefs with porgy, hogfish, and snappers on one of the calm days we had, though they tried bonefishing later in the day and said that was slow.  Anyways looks like it'll be a little windy the next few days but maybe mid week will be laying down again.  Hopefully things will cool off for us sometime soon but we are making it happen regardless, give us a call if you'd like to get out fishing!  305-664-2461

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


11/30/16 End of November Deep Sea Fishing Report

November came and went just as quick as the other months while fishing here in Islamorada, Florida Keys. We've had a couple real nice days with light winds but most of the days we have had the usual winter time wind and sea conditions. The good news is that the majority of the boats are fishing on the edge of the reef and even when it's a little rough you only have to travel 3 -5 miles from shore to get in on the action! The sailfish bite has been fair, with a couple good days mixed in and a couple slow days. I would say the boats have been averaging 1 - 3 shots per trip, but one day the "Bn'M" went 6 for 8. Sailfish are one of those fish that if you make you shots count you'll have a great trip, but if they jump off (which some of them do), it can be a little frustrating. This coming Friday the Islamorada Sailfish Tournament starts, and it will end on Sunday, so good luck to all the boats fishing it! 


If you're not into chasing sailfish there's been plenty of action with snapper, king mackerel, barracuda, amberjack, a couple grouper, a couple tuna, etc. while fishing on the reef and wrecks. A couple boats found schools of cobia inside the reef as well, which can be very exciting and they are great fighters. Boats have been anchoring down and chumming for a lot for the bottom fish, and then slow trolling and kite fishing for the pelagic species. 


Way offshore on the "Broad Minded" I made it out on 7 swordfish trips the past couple weeks. It was slow a couple weeks ago, with one fish on 4 trips, but the past week was much better with one fish on each of 3 trips, as well as some more bottom fish one day on the way out. Capt. Scott on the Catch 22 had one swordfish his last trip and had a big day a couple weeks back with 3 swordfish on one trip. Swordfishing is big game fishing, and most of the time you are fishing for one fish, so if action is what you want I wouldn't recommend this type of fishing. We are getting to the time of year where swordfishing can be tough to plan because if we get a passing cold front it's hard to make the 30 - 40 mile run in and out and fish comfortably, but if the weather cooperates you always have a shot! 


Give us a call at Bud n' Mary's Marina at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book you're next fishing trip and we'll find the right boat for you. We are booking up already for Christmas week, so if you're planning a trip down here to Islamorada give us a call and get a boat on hold. Bud n' Mary's Outfitters is up and going with the largest selection of Pelagic Gear in the Florida Keys, and also plenty of Yeti products, as well as some custom Columbia gear. 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 



11/18/16 reef/offshore fishing in Mid November 

We're past the half way mark while fishing in November in Islamorada and it's starting to feel a little more like winter. Temperatures have dropped down a few degress and we've had some north wind. Last week we saw quite a few sailfish caught and released, with most of the boats catching atleast a fish or two if they put their time in. The past few days we saw the sailfish bite slow down, but I'm sure it will pick back up any day now. 

We're starting to see more and more king mackerel caught each week on the reef and the wrecks. They've been averaging 4 - 12 lbs, with a few bigger ones in the mix. The yellowtail snapper bite has been a little on and off, but catching at least a handful for a fresh fish dinner while on vacation shouldn't be a problem. A lot of boats caught mutton snapper, mangrove snapper, and a few grouper on the patch reefs with the windy weather the past few days. The Kalex had a nice wahoo a few days ago while live baiting on a wreck as well. 



Way offshore the swordfish bite was was steady until today. Today was slow with no bites, but before this we had 1 fish on 4 different trips and 3 fish one trip. The fish have averaged 60 - 100 lbs, but we did have one big 253 lber. We also caught and released a mako shark estimated at 250 lbs, that came up eating a swordfish. We cut a piece of the swordfish off, and hooked it on another rod to catch the mako. There hasn't been a lot of mahi around, but on 2 different trips we found a school, and it's always nice to get some bonus fish. We tried some deep drop bottom fishing on the way out a few trips, a couple days finding a few barrelfish.


Give Bud n' Mary's Marina a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book your next fishing adventure in Islamorada, Florida Keys! Also our outfitter store will be back open on November 25th, so make sure to check out all the different apparel and accessories!  

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 





11/16/16 November Backcountry Fishing Report

November is half way through and it's starting to feel a little like winter here in the Florida Keys.  We've had a couple mild 'cool fronts' so far, and just last night it dipped into the high 60s again and will be again over the weekend.  Normal for this time of year.  We had some nice calmer days though now the winds have kicked up again out of the north/northeast as the cooler air is moving in.  Fishing has been good overall though with a lot of the normal winter time fisheries starting to fire up.  The spanish mackerel have been around for a few weeks, it hasn't been super consistent yet for catching them but when conditions are right it has been pretty good.  Sometimes we've had to move around until we find the right colored water and falling tides have been optimum in the gulf.  There has also been a few permit around some of the wrecks out there we got one on each of the last couple trips out there.  Some nice cobias as well Dan last week got a cobia and permit on a wreck with me.  There was even a big 400 lb goliath grouper trying to eat our cobias and mackerels which was awesome to see!  Tripletails haven't been swarming but if you look we've been seeing a handful on the buoys, but not really worth riding around until you see them but if you are going from spot to spot, it's worth keeping an eye out.  Capt. Mike Bassett has also reported good gulf fishing described above, as did Capt. John Johansen.  In the backcountry the snook, redfish, and black drum fishing has been decent.  We got a few nice snook, reds, and a black drum in the last couple hours of our day the other day which was a great way to end it.  That should get better as things continue to cool off.  Usually right after the first good cold front we know things can really turn on for the drum and snook around some of the deeper creek areas.  Capt.  Jim Willcox has reported some good redfish fishing in the deeper creeks of cape sable.  Out on the patch reefs fishing is getting better too there have been plenty of porgies and variety of snappers.  Some hogfish are starting to be caught as well.  Capt. Bill Bassett had some nice hogs today plus a variety of the other mentioned fish, as did Capt. Perry Scuderi and Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti.  Capt. Clyde Upchurch had some good local fishing the last week, getting into plenty of rod benders (jacks, ladyfish, snappers) and even getting a few local snook and small barracudas as well.  Capt. Skip Nielsen reported some nice size mangrove snappers on some of the deeper patch reefs and a few mackerels out there as well.  Capt. Chris Daly has a nice snook and couple small tarpon fishing the other day in the backcountry.  There have still been a few tarpon around back there though that will likely start slowing down as the water temps drop into the lower 70/high 60 degree range.  

Capt. Rick Stanczyk



11/7/16 Early November Deep Sea Fishing Report 

We're a week through November 2016 and there's been plenty of fish caught so far. Fishing the edge of the reef is where the action has been and we've seen a variety of fish caught. The sailfish bite has been pretty good overall, but of course some days were much better than others. On the better days most the boats that put their time in all had with 3- 5 sailfish releases each, and on a couple of the slower days there was just a couple releases amongst the fleet. Sailfish will be one of the main target species for many anglers this winter and you never know when you'll see a double digit day with releases! We use all light tackle, 12 - 16 lb line, and a big sailfish will put on quite the show! 

There has been steady action with yellowtail, mutton, and mangrove snapper as well. All of these fish are great eating and many people will take a bag of fresh fish to dinner at one of the local restauarants. There's been a couple keeper grouper in the mix, with lots of juveniles to catch and release. A lot of kingfish (king mackerel) have moved in as well, ranging anywhere from 2 - 10 lb range, but a couple over 20 lbs have been caught. On the shallow "patch reefs" we've seen some hogfish and porgy as well. 

Way offshore I made it out on two day time swordfish trips last week. The first trip was extremely quiet, without a bit all day, but it was an enjoyable experience to spend the day with Tred Barta. The next day was much better as we did a little deep dropping on the way out and caught some barrelfish and then got a 100 lb swordfish in the afternoon. The Catch 22 fished on Saturday and caught two swordfish, the biggest about 80 lbs. 

Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book your next fishing Islamorada Fishing Charter and we'll find the right boat for you! Don't forget we have a variety of lodging options including houseboats and hotel rooms right at the marina and if you come before December you can get the "offseason" rates. 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk