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).


12/9/17 December offshore and reef fishing report 

Winter time fishing is kicking in here at Bud n' Mary's Marina. The Islamorada Sailfish tournament took place last weekend and team Relentless finished in 2nd place and team Kalex took 3rd place over the 3 day event! Congrats!!! Over the past week a lot of boats have had 1 - 3 sailfish per trip and a few of the days boats had between 6 - 8 releases. If sailfish is on your bucket list now is a great time to try to scratch it off!!! 

We saw a handful of wahoo in the 25 - 45 lb range the past week as well. Around the full moon in the winter months is a good bet for a shot at a 'hoo. There's been a few kingfish, tuna, and mahi on the live baits as well. Anchored down on the reef we've seen plenty of yellowtail snapper, some mutton snapper, and a few grouper. Remember our shallow water grouper season closes at the the end of December, so this is the last month to try to catch a couple for dinner until May! The Gimme Jimmy had an epic trip where the crushed the mutton snapper with the biggest one going 16 lbs! 

Way offshore I swordfished 5 trips since the start of December. The first trip we had one bite and got a monster! Young Blayze battled a 315 lber for his birthday trip! The next two trips were very slow without any swordfish, but yesterday and the day before they really turned on! We caught 3 fish on both trips, keeping 1 each trip and releasing the rest of them. One fish was 100 lbs and the other was 140 lbs. The deep drop bottom bite was slower way out there as well, but we did manage a few rosefish one trip. 

Give the Marina office a call at 305 664 2461 to book your next Islamorada Fishing Charter!!! We have rooms available and the fish are biting!! 

Tight Lines

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 


12/7/17 December Backcountry Fishing in Islamorada

December is cruising right along and so far it's still been unseasonably warm.  That means we've had a little bit of everything going on as far as the species count go.  But looks like this weekend winter is coming.  It's suppose to get down into the mid 50s saturday night, stay there as another reinforcing front comes in tuesday night to keep it there.  Brrrr!  This should be a good thing overall for our fishery, I'm sure both the sailfish offshore as well as drum, mackerel, and other winter time specimens in the backcountry will be ready for it.  While Saturday may be a bust for fishing (suppose to rain, and be blowing hard from south to northwest as the front comes in), sunday should be all good for fishing.  While still windy and cold, it's suppose to be due north wind and the rain should dry up.  This could be a recipe for 'banner day' type fishing in the everglades and I'm sure this coming week will produce some good days.  As for the last week, I've gotten out a few days thankfully.  Fishing has been pretty good too!  Last sunday we had a great half day of fishing, getting in on some nice mangrove snappers for dinner and finding a good school of redfish and snook in the backcountry.  It was a surprising find but great to see, as many of you know the redfish have been harder to come by when it's not very cold in recent years.  We caught about a dozen reds, and one nice snook.  Since then the tides have been higher in that area, but the last couple days we caught plenty of snook back there, and also got our limit of jumbo mangroves the last two days.  We had great fishing in the gulf on our full day a couple days ago in the afternoon too, with plenty of size large spanish mackerel, blue runners, big ladyfish, and a few lane snappers too.  Capt. Sid Bryant has reported some good spanish mackerel fishing as well in the near gulf.  Capt. Skip Nielsen did as well, and he also got some nice snook around cape sable the last few days.  His anglers were also rewarded with a surprise permit yesterday on a very nice afternoon as the weather slicked out.  Capt. John Johansen has been fishing local and had good mangrove snapper action on the patch reefs.  Capt. Bill Bassett caught some spanish mackerel and jack crevelles close by on an afternoon half day trip today.  Capt. Jim Willcox had some snook several days ago in the backcountry, and has been picking away at the bonefish on the local islamoada flats.  Speaking of bonefish, Capt. Richard Stanczyk Sr. has had some phenomenal afternoon fishing for them.  He along with Capt. Vic Gaspeny had a couple nights where they landed 11 total bones, and sevearl nice size fish in the 6 lb range too!  All in all fishing has been pretty good as you can see, though as stated things are gonna get shaken up a little with the cold weather incoming.  But definitely as things settle back down and the winds calm some, we should have some very good fishing.  Give the marina a call if you are looking to get out fishing, we have guides ready to go!  305-664-2461

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


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