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:
bnmfm@budnmarys.com.

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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).

Thursday
Mar152018

3/15/18 March Backcountry Fishing Report

March is here and it's been busy around town again thankfully!  Many guides have been fishing just about every day.  Though we've had some crazy winter weather as they've been getting all up and down the east coast.  February was ridiculously warm with 80 degree temperatures every day, but March we've had several fronts in a row and some severe ones at that dropping temps down into the mid 50s several different times.  This has of course slowed the spring tarpon bite down some after it was pretty good in February.  But this isn't uncommon in the early part of the spring season where these late cold fronts can happen.  But hopefully for the latter part of march that will be over with and I think in the long run it will be a good thing for the tarpon fishing later in the season as if its super warm super early, sometimes the fish just push right on through early on, so this will hopefully have held some up for a few weeks anyways.  We've still had good fishing despite the cold but have had to mix things up a little bit.  I had some decent cold weather everglades fishing last week, catching a small tarpon each day, a handful of snook, a few black drums, and a good amount of trout each day.  Not a red hot bite but was able to pick away and catch a few quality ones.  Though this previous week we had a very tough day back there not catching much at all, but luckily we bailed and caught some fish out front on the patch reefs for the last couple hours.  The patch reefs have also been good to me this week we had a good mix of hogfish, porgy, yellow jacks, various snappers, groupers, and got a permit on two different day trips.  On the handful of nice days I've had some luck with the big tarpon, but fishing really hasn't been red hot for them often it's been a good solid bite or two maybe, but as we get more into April it usually turns on more.  Capt. Bill Bassett has been going deep in the everglades in his canoe and finding good amount of snook and little tarpon.  Capt. Jim Willcox had some good fishing last week with some bonefish, and a few drum, snook, and little tarpon on one day this week.  Yesterday he caught some snappers around the islands and got a big bull shark in the local channels.  There had been several big bull sharks caught locally as well as a few hammerheads before the major cold fronts, was unusual to see those big sharks in many of the local channels, some were over 300 lbs!  Capt. Mike Bassett had some good spanish mackerel action in the gulf yesterday despite the high winds.  Capt. Skip Nielsen has had good patch reef fishing with various snappers and some good grouper action on the bottom.  Capt. Gunner Guthrie had a good patch reef day with a load of lane snappers, hogfish, and a permit on last sunday when it was flat calm.  Capt. Tim Arce I know caught a permit to start his day out there today.  Capt. Chris Daly and Capt. Clyde Upchurch have had some redfish mixed in with some snappers around the islands as of late.  It's good to see a few redfish back around, though of course we advocate catch and release with redfish as there numbers are very low in our area right now.  Capt. Mike Venezia had a good mixed bag of snook, redfish, and drum in the everglades several days ago during the cold.  Anyways as you can see there has been plenty of fun things to fish for but the cold has just mixed it up a little bit.  Hopefully this will be the last of it I know there is another front on the way next week but I think so far they are saying the temperatures will not drop severely so that should be good news.  The weekend looks to be very nice might allow the big tarpont to spark up again.  Give us a call if you want to get out fishing!  305-664-2461

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

Monday
Mar122018

3/12/18 Early March Reef and Offshore fishing report 

We had a couple late season cold front last week and we have another on the way now. March and April are "transitional" months here with regards to fishing and weather. This time of year we see a lot of different fish but not always a lot of each species. A mixed bag is common and with conditions changing certain fish bite better than others. The sailfish bite has been a little on the slow side the past week off Islamorada with just a few releases here and there. However, the Catch 22 fished the Jimmy Johnson Billfish Tournament out of Key Largo last Friday and Saturday, and managed to take 2nd place and bring in $210,000!!! The fished out of Ocean Reef for the two day event and had a charter that had never live baited for sailfish before! They were up against the best tournament teams in Florida that fish all of the big tournaments from Key West to West Palm Beach all winte and Spring. CONGRATS to all those aboard and to all the winners!! 

 

The mixed bag on the reef has included yellowtail snapper, mutton snapper, kingfish, a few wahoo, african pompano, cobia, barracuda and more! Boats have been doing both full day and half day charters, but if you want the best fishing experience we always recommend a full day. 

 

A few boats have been venturing further offshore to the humps as well as to the swordfish grounds. We have seen a lot of football size blackfin tuna on the humps and the big amberjacks and sharks are showing up as well! The "Dauntless" released a white marlin while trolling for tuna too! A few mahi have been showing up, but I wound't say it's enough to specifically go target them. It's been a few here and there, but we did see the "Warbird" bring in 3 nice ones including a 42 lb bull while they were out swordfishing! The swordfish bite has remained decent with the Indigenous catching 2 fish yesterday, and Aboard the Broad Minded we had 1 fish last trip, two the trip before that, 4 the trip before that, 1 the trip before that and 3 the trip before that. There's been a lot of small swordfish in the 30 - 60 lb range but we did have one nicer one at 164 lbs. 

 

Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book you're next Islamorada Fishing Charter and we'll set you up with a great boat! Remember we have lodging accommodations on property too! Galley Girls Cafe is open daily from 6 am - 2 pm, for your breakfast and lunch, but we recommend calling ahead the night before at 305 664 0166 to place your lunch order for the following day of fishing! 

Tight Lines 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 

 

Wednesday
Feb282018

2/28/18 Late February Backcountry Fishing Report

Well February is just about over with and boy has it been a warm one!  I think I read it's the hottest February on record in the South Florida area, with it being around 8 degrees above average temperature for the entire month.  We haven't had any cold weather though we have had a good bit of wind, typical spring time winds.  The early season tarpon bite has continued throughout the month.  The fishing got a little tougher though as we'd been dealing with some bad water in a few areas and it seemed to push some of the tarpon out of many of the usual haunts that we fish.  Though if you invested some time you could get lucky and find a few in some of those areas, plus a few local fish in some of the nearby channels.  This last week we had a few days we caught some big tarpon, one day we hooked a couple that we lost, and one day we didn't have a bite.  But today was stellar fishing we made a long run and my angler Irv was OK going all in for a shot at glory.  Irv was a former customer and friend of Capt. Ken Cohan and had some good fish tales from fishing with Capt. Ken.  It was a gamble making a long run, it could've been a long boat ride had things not worked out, but luckily they did for us.  We found a good load of big tarpon, jumping and splashing all over off the shorelines of some of the everglades beaches.  We landed three fish up to 150 lbs or so, all very large!  We also found a few tripletail off shore before it got too rough.  Capt. Mike Bassett had some good fishing on the patches yesterday with some hogfish and cero mackerel, and found some trout in the bay.  Today he had some trout, snappers, and got a cobia as well.  Capt. Jim Willcox has been geting into some bonefish on the very windy days in the middle of the month.  He had one day with some good smaller fish on jigs and shrimp fishing the muds.  He also had a nice size snook yesterday he caught in the backcountry too.  Capt. Bill Bassett had some good mackerels the other day as well as a few tripletail.  Capt. Tim Arce had his limit of lane snappers, triple tails, and mackerels yesterday too.  Capt. Mike Venezia had a big sawfish and big hammerhead the last couple days he fished in the channels for big critters.  Capt.  John Johansen has had some shark and tarpon actoin in the backcountry.  Capt. Skip Nielsen has some smaller tarpon on the fly with his anglers, and got into some good size mangrove snappers for dinner.  Looks like we have a couple very nice days coming up here before a mild cold front over the weekend.  The front will likely mix the fishing up a little bit but I think it'll be a good thing overall... it's been way to hot to early for us.  I think it may also help clean up some of the nasty water we've been dealing with in some areas.  But I think March will be a good month for tarpon it seems we are having a very early season this year!

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

Monday
Feb262018

2/26/18 February deep sea fishing report 

February is flying by here in Islamroada! This is the busiest month we've had since hurricane Irma so that's been nice to see. The sailfish bite has been mediocre overall the past few weeks. A lot of boats have had 1 - 2 releases, with a couple boats having big days. The Kalex had 5 releases one day and the Catch 22 had 6. If sailfish aren't what you're after there's been plenty of action with king mackerel, a few wahoo, blackfin tuna, a few mahi, amberjack, sharks, mutton snapper, and yellowtail snapper. The Miss Islamorada Party boat has been fishing almost every day too, so make sure to call and get your name on the list. 

 

Way offshore a few of us have been swordfishing and catching fish most trips. The indigenous had the biggest fish recently around 250 lbs. The following day they released a small around 20 lbs. You just never know how big that fish will be when you get a bite! On the Broad Minded we caught them on all but one trip so far the past month. A few trips with one fish, one with two fish, and a four fish day the week before. We have had fish from 30 - 110 lbs recently. The Catch 22 also released a small swordfish their last trip. 

 

Give us a call in the office to book your next trip at 305 664 2461! If you want to stop by and eat lunch or breakfast Galley Girls Cafe is open every day at 6 am and closes at 2 pm. If you want to bring sandwiches on the boat we recommend you call the night before to place your order at the cafe at 305 664 0166.


Tight Lines 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 

 

Tuesday
Feb132018

2/13/18 February Backcountry Fishing Report for Islamorada

February is rolling by quick and so far it seems winter time is over for us here in the Florida Keys.  It's been very warm and windy, and as of now no cold fronts in sight in the next week or so at least.  Temperatures are forecast to stay around 80 during the day and low 70s at night.  The winds look to continue to be moderate to high out of the east.  Looks like it will be an early start to our tarpon season, as there have been tons of fish already showing up.  They bite isn't red hot yet but guides have been picking a few who put the time in.  I've had pretty good fishing since I got back from my vacation in early Febraury.  For the most part I've been focusing on spanish mackerel and good size mangrove snappers for those who want action and table fare.  Then we've been tarpon fishing for part of the day or perhaps trying spots for a possible snook or two.  We had several large tarpon in the 120-150 lb range last week which was great.  Though over the weekend I had two very tough days after a string of pretty good days for a while, as the winds kicked out of the south a bit more and really turned the backcountry waters into a 'mud hole.'  One day we focused on snook as my angler requested it, and it was just very hard to find any clean water.  We ran way into the backcountry to some areas that were more in the lee of the wind, but just couldn't find much.  We caught a few trout and ended up getting a snook near home at least for him.  The following day tarpon was the prime focus and we put all our effort into that, we found fish in every channel we fished but they were not in a happy mood.  We saw hundreds even locally in islamorada but they were high rise, tail flapping, which can be indicative of them not being happy which was the case.  No bites for us, but we did catch a couple sharks, a ray, a jack, and did get a nice snook for my angler that day too.  Though yesterday we had a good day again after the couple slow ones with Bill and Elaine Levour, two long time bud n marys regulars.  We caught a couple snook, a nice redfish, a couple small tarpon, limit of big mangrove snappers, and a few mackerels and blue runners in the gulf... really everything you could ask for.  Hopefully that is the start of another hot streak!  Yesterday Capt. Mike Venezia had good fishing for baby tarpon in the bay as well.  Capt. John Johansen and Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti have had some tarpon action as of late as well, locally and in backcountry last week.  Capt. Jim Willcox had caught a few bonefish and a permit the last few days, as well as some big jacks and pompano.  Capt. Mike Bassett had some good fishing locally for spanish mackerel and pompano as well as some sharks.  Capt. Bill Bassett had some big trout several days ago deep in the everglades, nice ones up to 25 inches.  Capt. Gunner Guthrie had some good snappers yesterday as well as a big shark locally.  Capt. Chris Daly had some good action with little tarpon a couple days ago, and good mackerel fishing in the near gulf yesterday.  Business is really starting to pick up as we are getting near Valentines day, that always seems to be when season really kicks in about half way through February.  Give us a call if you are wanting to get out fishing as things are filling up quickly.  We are 100% back up and running after Hurricane Irma though some of the big resorts in town are still closed, so you'll want to make your plans ASAP if you are coming down in the next couple months.  Give us a call at 305-664-2461!

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