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!

To see older fishing reports, scroll to the bottom and click the page numbers!


Backcountry/Offshore Report - Capt. Clyde Upchurch - Fountainhead Charters

Capt. Clyde Upchurch took Mike Wimsett, John Bennett, and son in laws Jason & Clayton (From Kansas) out for some offshore and inshore action.  They also fished with Capt. Jim Willcox, Capt. GW. Depauw, and Capt. Travis Upchurch (Clyde's son).  They caught 6 tarpon, 6 redfish, 3 bonefish, some sharks, trout, and jacks as well.  Offshore they caught around 60 dolphin altogether, and caught 12 permit fishing the wrecks on the reef up to 40 lbs! 


Birthday Dolphin aboard The Redfish!

Capt. Merv Finch and Haines Salmone had a great day on 5/18/08 dolphin fishing!  They took Craig Pagatch out for his birthday, and he celebrated by catching slammers!  They caught a 36 lber and a 25 lber, among some other gaffers.  They used live cigar minnows on spinning tackle.  The seas were calm.  They fished around 700' of water around the 409 hump for the larger fish, and found a pallet in 600' that the 25 lber was swimming around! 

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Dolphin & Marlin Action! 5/15/08 The Reel McCoy Capt. George McElveen!

Well Capt. George McElveen on The Reel McCoy has been on fire lately.  Today (5/15/08) he caught a boatload of dolphin, including about 6 fish 12-20 lbs, 3 in the 20-30 lb range, and 1 slammer that was a whopping 58 lbs!  He also caught 2 white marlin while trolling offshore!  Spectacular day!  We will try and get some pictures soon!!!


Great dolphin bite! Redfish Capt. Merv Finch

5/14/08  Capt. Merv Finch on the Refish with mate Haines Salmone took the Mill Mesler party from Michigan & Ivan Massey from the UK on a split charter.  They had a great day, though the wind was 15-20 knots with a 3 - 4 ft shop.  Bill Messler shown in a picture with a 47 lb bull dolphin caught on ballyhoo, spinning tackle.  They fished the southern rips and caught their limit of gaffers and schoolie dolphin.  Great florida keys fishing trip!


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Gulf action! Capt. Jeff Beeler

Capt. Jeff Beeler had a spectacular day last week in the gulf.  They caught 18 permit, along with some mackeral and snappers!  The calm weather with good wind direction made the fishing turn on!

Update 5/14/08:  Jeff went fishing with Brian, Judy, and Rose for a full day in the flamingo area of the everglades.  The winds were 20 mph out of the east.  He caught them 12 snook and 1 tarpon, using primarily pinfish for bait!