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!

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11/3/16 November Backcountry Fishing in Islamorada

November is here and it is definitely feeling like Fall.  We had a mild front about a week ago and things have warmed up a little since, but it hasn't been hot since it's been blowing pretty hard for several weeks now.  Most mornings we've had a 15-20 mph northeast breeze, and by the time we've been coming home it's been a solid 25 out of the east.  Today the wind finally let up a little and was only 10-15, and it looks to stay nicer through the weekend at least.  But November can be a breezy month as we change season and things cool off, but you can definitely still get out there and catch some fish.  I myself have been targetting snook mostly as of late.  There has been plenty of pilchards around locally and some mixed bait still in the backcountry including various sized mullets.  The snook fishing hasn't been super red hot every day, but if you put the time in and work areas you can put together a nice catch.  The fishing was fairly similar through the rest of the week, though some days we'd been getting into the double digits on snook numbers, other days only catching a handful and having to catch one and move, catch one and move.  I had Jon Patten earlier this week for a couple days and we landed quite a few snook each day with a few reds mixed in.  Also had shots at tarpon both days but couldn't get them to stay on the hooks.   Shark fishing was good also we caught some big black tips and lemons.  Today we got a couple tarpon as well as some snook and redfish for a couple of backcountry slams.  A nice 50 lb tarpon and a smaller juvenile.  Capt. Mike Bassett reported some nice mangrove snappers in the gulf.  Capt. Jim Willcox and Capt. Bill Bassett have reported some good redfish action deep in the everglades.  Capt. John Johansen reported some nice mangrove snappers a few days ago and a couple little tarpon as well to go with it.  Capt. Chris Daly had a young angler the other day with a mixed bag of jacks, snappers, ladyfish, trout, etc... and some nice blacktip sharks.  Soon we should be catching spanish mackerel regularly it hasn't really gotten consistent yet but as it cools off they will be.  The patch reefs should start to be an every day thing as well and that is great for table fare and anglers of all experience levels!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


10/27/16 Reef fishing in Late October 2016

We've have some really windy weather the past week here in Islamorada but it hasn't stopped all the boats from getting out to the edge of the reef. For a three day period last week the dolphin and sailfish bite really turned on! Most the boats had between 2 - 5 sailfish releases per day and 8 - 15 "gaffer" size dolphin. The fall is a transitional period here so the fishing for certain species will turn on and off every couple of days, but there's still always something to catch. The sailfish bite should remain somewhat consistent from now through winter, but the dolphin bite probably will probably be hit and miss as we are nearing the end of their usual migration. 


The past few days the dolphin thinned back out and there's still been a few sailfish caught. The yellowtail snapper bite has been very good, with a few mangrove snappers, and some nice mutton snappers mixed in. I've seen a couple keeper groupers on the dock and once we get a good cold front we'll probably see a few more. There's been a steady bite of "snake" king mackerel in the 4 - 8 lb range and a couple nice blackfin tuna as well. We should start seeing some bigger kings each month and we'll have a few tuna here and there while live baiting on the edge of the reef. 


I was able to get out on two swordfish trips last week before the wind really picked back up again and we tagged and released one juvenile broadbill swordfish. The bite was off from what is usually is this time of year, but hopefully they are snapping once the wind lays back down and we can make the 30 - 40 mile run. Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book your next fishing adventure in Islamorada, Florida Keys!!! There's always something to catch! 


Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 



October backcountry fishing in Islamorada

October is going by fast and the fishing has been very good in the backcountry for tarpon.  We are experiencing the fall bait run where loads of bait, mostly mullet, are making their way back down the east and west coast of Florida.  Many of the larger tarpon that migrated up in the spring are making their way back down too as it cools off up North, and they are actively feeding on the huge bait schools.  The last couple weeks it's been a consistent thing and some of the best fishing we've had for them all year.  However this weekend we are getting a bit of a cold front which may switch things up, though I don't think it'll get cold enough to push them out so it could stay good for a bit longer.  I myself and Capt. John Johansen have been out there quite a bit the last couple weeks, and just about every day we've been getting multiple shots at tarpon.  There has also been some nice size mangrove snappers which has been a good way to finish the day, get a little bit of table fare.  Capt. Bill Bassett reported a decent catch of snook deep in the everglades several days ago.  Capt. Jim Willcox has reported a mixed bag everything from snook and drum to trout, snappers, jacks, etc...  Capt. Mike Venezia had his limit of mangrove snappers the other day on a half day trip which was good action for the kids he had.  The spanish mackerel should be on their way here and after this weekend we may start getting some good fishing for them.  The patch reefs usually start getting good soon too as things cool off.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


10/19/16 October Deep Sea fishing report for Islamorada

Sorry I missed last weeks fishing report, I was out of town but now I'm back to tell you what's been biting in Islamorada so far this October. We've been seeing some sailfish caught and released most days the past couple weeks on the edge of the reef. The Kalex had the only release yesterday out of a handful of boats, but a few days ago the Cloud Nine released 4 , and a little over a week ago the Indigenous and Team Kalex teamed up and released 6 one day. I would definitely say you have a fair shot of catching 1 or 2 any trip you go out now, and it should only get better as we near winter.


The yellowtail snapper bite has been very good the past few days. Most boats have been catching their limit and there's been a few nice mutton snapper in the mix too. We haven't seen a lot of groupers lately but the Relentless did have one keeper black grouper his last trip. Once we get a cold front I expect to see some more keeper size groupers caught. There's been a couple king mackerel and cero mackerel around, and the Kalex had a suprise cobia last week one day as well. 


The dolphin bite slowed down for the most part the past couple weeks, but there's still a couple around. Usually we catch most of our dolphin 10 - 30 miles offshore in the late spring through early fall, but this time of year we catch a few on the edge of the reef. They are usually decent size as well, averaging 10 - 20 lbs. There's been a few blackfin tuna on the edge of the reef and there was a good blackfin tuna bite on the hump last week but the sharks were so ferocious it was nearly impossible to boat any decent size tuna while on the hump. 


The wind has been blowing hard lately which makes it difficult to run way out to try for swordifsh, so most trips have had to switch game plans the past week, but the Reel McCoy got a trip in last week before the strong winds and they boated a 215 lb broadbill swordfish. Congrats guys!!! 


It's still windy as of now but if you're fishing the edge of the reef the wind wont hurt anything. Sometimes it gets the sailfish biting and it stirs up some of the bottom fish to make the bottom fish snap as well. Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 to book your next Islamorada Fishing Trip

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 


10/4/16 October Islamorada Backcountry Fishing Report

October is here and so far the fall fishing is still very good overall.  Hurricane Matthew is currently looming out in the Atlantic affecting the islands, but we appear to be out of the 'cone' and may experience some stronger than normal wind and rain, but the chances of hurricane-force winds are very minimal.  Looks like we will get most of the weather the next couple of days.  I myself have been tarpon fishing mostly still and fishe the last three days.  It was epic fishing, again some of the best fishing I had all year.  The fish have stayed put in the same relative aras for a while now and for the most part have been happy and feeding.  Anyways we landed multiple tarpon every day and I had some very happy anglers!  Yesterday we were finished with the tarpon by 10 AM and then caught a few nice snook, a nice triple tail, and then even jumped a big tarpon on the light tackle while throwing arificials for trout!  Capt. Mike Bassett had some decent fishing in the everglades the other day he said he caught some nice pilchards and caught several snook and a handful of decent redfish.  Capt. Jim Willcox reported some big snapprs and nice trout and various other things out in the bays fishing on a half day trip.  Capt. John Johnansen had some tarpon the last week as well, plus some big sharks and a nice snook the other day on some cut bait.  Capt. Perry Scuderi also had some tarpon and a big bull shark the other day as well.  Unfortunately that is about all I got only a handful of guides have been fishing here and there as it is still our off season.  But as you can tell that does not mean fishing isn't good - far from it October can be one of the best times of year for fishing down here!  The next couple of days may be a wash, but I think by the weekend things will be much better.  We should start getting the fall bait migration going on here soon, and that usually brings loads of predator fish with it.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk