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).


tarpon fishing in the backcountry is hot. 5 releases

P7160019.JPGStanley McJunkin,his daughter Whitney and family friend Dave were out with me yesterday. Whitney was the star angler, catching and releasing 3 tarpon. Two of the tarpon were over 100lbs. Dave released his first ever as well. During the day many seatrout, mangrove snapper and some large goliath grouper were caught also. had to dodge a couple squalls but the fishing is very good now.


Nice Tarpon - Capt. Dave Sisung - 7/8/08

Capt. Dave Sisung released a nice 120 lb tarpon which ate a crab, and also caught a 10' sawfish estimated about 200 lbs.  His angler was Ken Colghan from New York, here on vacation!  Exciting!


big tarpon on fly

Dr. Glenn Scott fought and released a tarpon estimated to be well over 140lbs on July 4. He took the tarpon on a purple fly tied by capt. skip nielsen. the battle lasted over 2 hours. Glenn also released 2 other tarpon on the same day out in the backcountry of Everglades National Park.


Daytime Swordfish for The Predator - 7/2/08

Capt. Augie Wampler and mates Eric Ehlers and Joey Hendrix had some luck daytime swordfishing with Art, Kenny, Tom, and Alissa.  They caught a 110 lb swordie.  The fish ate a squid in 1700 ft of water, 45 miles offshore!  The crew got 4 other bites, and caught some nice dolphin on the way in!



Redfish - 7/2/08 - More big dolphin!

Courtney Capehart caught a 56 lb Bull Dolphin while fishing on The Redfish.  Shown with Courtney is Aaron Pilnick and mate Haines Salmones.  The fish ate a trolled ballyhoo on a pink & white softhead and was caught 14 miles off Alligator Light.  The party also caught 40 other dolphin.  The second photo shows Haines with the fish at the dock!  Great job!