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).


Great Tarpon Action! Capt. Dave Sisung

4/29/08 the fellows from the MEAD paper company group caught two tarpon, each over 100 lbs!  Nice job!
4/30/08 walleye legend Orin Bliss caught a 135 lb tarpon, plus another premature release!  Also 2 nurse sharks were caught by Carmen and Orin!  Fantastic!

Capt. Dave Sisung


evening tarpon fishing has turned on


last night all the tarpon guides had action. I had 3 fellas from New Jersey on board and they each released tarpon. we even caught a double header. The winds died and the tarpon were biting.Now is the time to fish with live mullet and have some fun with the silver kings.

capt. skip nielsen




Offshore and reef action as of 4/28/08

4/25/08 The Predator with Captain Augie Wampler and mate Eric Ehlers hada fantastic day!  Nimal from Ft. Meyers had a great catch of dolphin.  27, 29, and 31 pound slammers as well as two 18 lbers and a 21 lber, and 2 gaffer sized fish!  Awesome!  The Miss Islamorada with captain Ben Loy and Biggs had 15 people and caught their limit of yellowtails, as swell as 5 smoke kingfish, and a couple of mutton snappers.  Great reef action!

4/27/08  The Man O War with Captain Marc Ellis and mate Travis Kvadus had an excellent day of yellowtailing.  They caught their limit of 50 yellowtail in just a halfday with fish up to 3 lbs!  Congradulations to Uncle Jeffers and brother Mark!


Backcountry tarpon!

4/24/08 Dave Sisung with his angler Jimmy from Texas went 1 for 3 on the tarpon.  They caught an estimated 120 lber though.  This was in the morning.

4/27/08 Vic Gaspeny tarpon fished and went 3 for 3!  Marco & Katrina Mani landed tarpon in the 80 to 120 lb range.  The bite is great on the falling tide!


Summer time is here!

Hey everyone!  Capt. James Chappell from the charter boat "Catchalottafish" here with an exciting report!  What great fishing we have going on offshore right now with the summertime fish moving in and the winter time fishing still doing well!  There are Mahi-Mahi (so good you gotta say it twice!) offshore with tunas and Jacks on the humps, and Sailfish, Kingfish, Snappers and groupers in on the reef!  What a trip we can have with all these great fish here at one time! There has also been a great Tarpon bite in close.  We also offer evening shark trips as well for those of you that might get a bit queasy on those offshore trips!   Check us out when booking your trip, and let's get out there on the water!  Looking forward to hearing from you soon!


Tight Lines,

Capt. James Chappell