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).


End of November 2017 Deep Sea Fishing Report

Another month of fishing has came to end here in Islamorada but we sure saw some great catches the last few days of the month! The Catch 22 released 8 sailfish one trip and the Cloud Nine released 9 sailfish one trip! It's not like that every day, but if you're in the right spot at the right time you can see some great action! A lot of other boats have had 1 - 3 sailfish releases per trip. 


Other reef fish have included king mackerel, black grouper, mutton snapper, yellowtail and mangrove snapper, barracuda, sharks, and a couple mahi and blackfin tuna. Out a little deeper there has been vermillion snapper and a few ambjeracks too.

On the Broad Minded I've made it out on a few daytime swordfish charters the past week. Last trip we tagged and released one small swordfish, a couple days before that we caught a double header swordfish, keeping one and tagging a smaller one, we also had a bonus blackfin tuna. Last weekend we had a trip with one keeper swordfish, and the other day we caught a big blue marlin! I've caught 3 blue marlin while swordfishing the last 11 years, but this one took the bait at almost 1500'! We thought we had a giant swordfish on, but after a 2.5 hour fight up came a worn out blue marlin. We usually release the occasional marlin we catch here, but since he didn't look good we decided to bring it home to eat instead of feed it to the sharks. We also stopped on the way home for some deep dropping bottom fishing and put some barrelfish and rosefish in the boat. 

Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book your Islamorada fishing charter and we'll set it up. Don't forget we have rooms available to stay in! 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 



11/29/17 Islamorada Fishing November Report for the backcountry

Well November is almost over and while it started out seeming like we may have had an early start to winter with a late october cold front that dropped temps down into the mid 60s, things quickly warmed back up again and it's been the warm fall like we've had the last several years.  Fishing has been fairly good in the backcountry however though some of the usual cooler weather options haven't been quite as consistent.  Yesterday I had my dad, Richard Stanczyk Sr, marina manager Stephen Byrd, and friend and captain Dave Peck out for some fun fishing.  We did some investigating of areas deep in the 'glades that I haven't fished much since Hurricane Irma.  We got lucky and found loads of fish, it was honestly the best day of fishing I'd had since the storm!  We boated a ton of redfish and snook, and found them in multiple spots.  Several nice size fish mixed in to.  It was just one of those dream days.  That was a couple days ago and I'm not sure if it'll stay that way but looked like snook fishing at least was decent today too.  Capt. Jim Willcox, Capt. Mike Bassett, Capt. Skip Nielsen, and Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti all had reported snook in the backcountry.  Capt. Jim also had a bonefish today.  There was a bit of rain around that captains had to spend some time avoiding, or fishing through depending how tough you were!  Over the weekend I had Paulie and his son Terry out for a full days fishing.  Paulie was 90 years old and I was glad to see him getting out for the day!  We didn't catch a ton of fish, but overall we had a pretty good day.  Paulie landed several snook and got the two largest ones for sure.  Terry caught several as well.  We had to work for the half dozen or so that we caught.  We spent the last couple hours out in the gulf and this is the first day I've had good spanish mackerel fishing.  We chummed hard and fished both live baits and pilchards.  I think we landed 8 or so mackerel, and a mix of ladyfish, bluefish, and blue runners.  Though we probably had 20 mackerel bites they just weren't staying on the hook very well.  This was encouraging as the spanish mackerel fishing is a big part of our winter time fishery.  It should get better with some more cold weather.  Capt. Bill Bassett yesterday had a few redfish and 1 nice snook, though he said they got beat by several other large snook so it was quality of quantity... but the quality won the fishing battle.   I know patch reef fishing had been fairly good too before thanksgiving.  Capt. Skip Nielsen had an outstanding catch with a nice black grouper on light 15 lb spin tackle.  I myself had good action with various snappers for dinner, and caught a couple local snook and some jack crevelles before leaving town for thanksgiving.  December is close and we are prepared for a busy xmas week.  If you are planning on coming down try to make your reservations early... guides book up fast between xmas and new years, as do hotel rooms.  With limited availability of hotel rooms with cheeca, islander, and post card inn closed, you don't want to be left hanging.  The next couple weeks before xmas though, guides and accommodations are likely readily available.  305-664-2461

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
Facebook: Islamorada Tarpon Fishing


Happy Thanksgiving and Mid November Reef fishing report! 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! 

Time is flying by as We are already past the 3rd week of November 2017 here in Islamorada at Bud n' Mary's Marina. The property continues to get cleaned up and the outside dock is getting fixed up more and more every week since hurricane IRMA. We have all of our motel rooms and ocean front house available for accommodations and we will have our houseboats ready to rent next month! Most of the offshore boats at the marina have been fishing the reef and wrecks the past week, and will continue to do so the next few months. There's been a little bit of everything caught while livebaiting and the bottom bite has been steady. The boats have been picking away at the sailfish, not a ton around the last week, but a lot of boats have had 1 - 2 releases per trip. We should get another good push of them any day like we saw a couple weeks back. There was also a couple schools of cobia found, which is early for them, so it was a nice surprise!!! 


Other fish that have been eating the livebait have included kingfish, a few blackfin tuna, a couple mahi, barracuda, sharks, and more! On the bottom the yellowtail snapper bite has been very good most days, although yesterday the current was hardly moving and made for tough conditions. We've seen some really nice mutton snapper, mangrove snapper, and a few grouper as well. We can keep grouper until the end of December, so now is a perfect time to go bottom fishing! 


Way offshore I swordfished one trip last week and we got one bite at the end of the day and put a keeper in the boat. One bite separates the good days from the slow days while swordfishing. This is usually prime time so I'm not sure why the bite is slower than it should be, but hopefully we start getting multiple shots per day soon! 


Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book your Islamorada Fishing Trip and we'll set you up with a great boat and crew! We also have motel rooms available!!! 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 


11/16/17 November Backcountry Fishing in Islamorada

Well November is rolling by and it's still been fairly warm for the most part though we did just have a slight cool down, and look to have another dip into the high 60s perhaps on Sunday evening.  Though overall still fairly warm!  Fishing has been decent really with some good action some times and tougher fishing at others.  We've still been dealing with pockets of nasty water, likely from much of the rotting vegetation from IRMA, but much of it seems to be making its way out offshore and into the gulf so hopefully that'll be getting to be less and less.  Earlier this week for instance we had stellar fishing in the backcountry with a lot of snook, got a nice redfish, and a handful of nice trout, all in about 3 hours of fishing in 3 different spots.  That was with Gus and Rick.  All those areas looked about as pretty as I'd seen it since the storm as far as the condition of the water went.  Then a few days later I took a friend Peter for just a fun trip to do a little exploring.... after the wind swung north/northwest and blew a bit, all those areas turned more of a darker chocolate color with a silty look to it, and the fish were gone completely - we struggled to catch one snook in about 3 hours and fished half a dozen spots.  The previous weekend I had Andy and his stepson Trey, they each caught snook, Andy got a nice tarpon, and the following day plenty of action with snappers, jacks, ladyfish, and mackerel.  Anyways on days like this it helps to have a full day booked as it will give you time to run to completely different areas where there may be cleaner water, and the fish can be stacked up there.  Capt. Jim Willcox the last few days has found some redfish.  Yesterday he said it was very good and they found a load of them, after struggling to find much in the creeks where he normally likes to fish, so having the full day/extra time paid off big!  Today wasn't quite as good but they did find a few reds and got a few black drums as well.  Capt. Mike Bassett over the weekend had found some quality snook in the everglades, not catching tons but he did say most were nice size fish.  Capt. Chris Daly said the same thing yesterday, at the end of his day the tide quit ripping and water cleaned up a bit, and in the last hour they caught several nice snook after paying their dues the rest of the day with just a handful of fish.  Capt. Bill Bassett had a few snook and redfish the other day sight fishing around flamingo, they didn't see a ton but were able to get a few on bait.  They were trying to throw the fly but not much luck with that.  He also found a big ball of large jack crevelle on the patches a few days earlier and landed a nice 25 lber on light tackle after a 40 minute fight!  Capt. Mike Venezia had a nice snook yesterday fishing with local Betsy Bullard.  Capt. Skip Nielsen had a good handful of snook the other day as well as a tarpon at the bridges and a few jack crevelles.  It's been a little rough to get on the patches this week on most days though if it lays down that should become a good option again.  Not much on the spanish mackerels yet in the gulf though hopefully they show up soon, when we get a little more cold weather it should be on.  As you can see there is good fishing to be had but some days you need to have patience and keep working at it.  If the water isn't pretty or the tides not right, it may be slow, but your captains will know the best places to be and when to be there.  Week days are fairly slow right now too so that also helps as you can usually get where you want to go without worrying about someone else being there.  Give us a call if you'd like to get out on the water!  305-664-2461

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
Facebook: Islamorada Tarpon Fishing


11/11/17 Early November Offshore fishing report 

Things are getting better each week at Bud n' Mary's Marina since Hurricane IRMA. The outside dock where the houseboats are usually tied up should be back together within a few weeks and we will have some more accommodations available for season. The last couple weeks most boats have fished the reef but a few have still verntured offshore. The Fall is a transitional time here so we see a little bit of everything, but every day is different. The first few days of November we saw some great catches of sailfish, with boats having as many as 7 releases! This week was a little slower on the sailfish but there has still been a couple caught each day. They should get more consistent as each week passes. There's been plenty of action with snapper, mostly yellowtails with a few mangrove and muttons mixed. Also a couple red and black grouper. The kingfish are just showing up and we've seen a few "smokers' over 25 lbs, but most have been in the 5 - 10 lb range. We've also been seeing a few cobia on the wrecks and plenty of barracuda on top of the reef. There's been a couple blackfin tuna caught on the edge of the reef, and some offshore on the humps. The tuna bite on the humps has been on and off, a few days they bit very well and some of the days the bite was non existent. The mahi are thinning out, but there's still being a few caught. 


Way offshore the swordfish bite was good a week ago but it did slow down the last couple trips. On the Broad Minded we released a small fish one trip and the next day kept one for dinner around 90 lbs and let a 100 lber go. The gimme jimmy also had a handful of bites one trip and released a juvenile swordfish. We did some deep dropping in the 800 - 1000' depth a couple of the days and caught barrelfish and blackbelly rosefish. 


Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to come down to Islamorada and go fishing!!! We have motel rooms and boats available!!! 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk