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).


6/24/18 June Backcountry Fishing Report update

Sorry for the lack of blog updates but we've been having a few issues with the blog as of late.  Every time I've tried to do a fishing report it would end up crashing on me and I'd lose all my work so I had gotten frustrated with it.  I've been very busy as of late with fishing, life, new baby, etc... so anyways it's been tough.  Things are slowing down a little now and I'm giving it another go so hopefully things will work OK.  We may try to get the blog on a new platform soon that is a little more up-to-date, mobile friendly, etc... Anyways we are into June and fishing has been stellar as of late.  I'm mostly a tarpon guy so that's my focus in the spring and summer.  Overall I will say we've had a good year, we had a very early start with the tarpon and things were good early.  Fishing got a little tougher in later May and early June.  Then the last several weeks I've been really having good fishing.  But I've been fishing different areas and getting up very early to make that happen but it's been paying off.  The last couple weeks we've caught a lot of tarpon with as many as nine in a day it's truly been incredible.  Also some really big summer time spawning snook have been making their appearance too.  I've caught a few in the 15 lb range which are very nice fish!  As of late though the last week it seems we are getting into our more traditional summer time routine with more fish showing up in the usual summer time channels and areas.  We had very good days with the tarpon the last couple days, yesterday I actually had struck out on my further run as the bait dried up in that area.  But we were able to recover and caught five nice tarpon on the way home in the last 2 hours.  I imagine the tarpon bite will stay good through July and it's my favorite time of year for tarpon fishing in the Florida Keys for sure.  Very little pressure on the fish and lots of them, with stable weather conditions.  What more could you ask for!  Other than tarpon we've had some nice triple tails floating along in the near gulf bays as well.  They've been fun and you can often get a shot or two at them while waiting for tarpon or sharks to bite.  We had a few decent days with snook in the last few weeks as well catching them on live pilchards or pinfish.  There has also been some nice trout and mangrove snapper in the bays as well which you can get on shrimp, cut bait, or even artificials.  Bonefish fishing has gotten very good this year.  Several guides have had some great days 'stake up' fishing where they put baits out on the flat and sit and wait for them to come along.  Capt. Bill Bassett has been doing a lot of that and had really good luck.  He got a nice 7 lber though sight fishing yesterday that was really cool, and a nice tarpon in the afternoon.  Capt. Jim Willcox today had some nice trout and jack crevelle on top waters fishing in the near gulf and everglades.  Capt. Perry Scuderi had a nice permit last week.  Capt. Skip Nielsen had a variety of big fish with some nice goliath groupers, tarpon, big sharks including a hammerhead, and others.  Capt. Chris Daly and Capt. Mike Bassett had some nice snook in the last few days.  Capt. Al Polofsky had a nice SLAM last week with a permit, bonefish, and tarpon for his angler.  Capt. Mark Hlis has had very good fly fishing for tarpon, going 14 or more trips in a row with catching at least one tarpon each time!  The summer time snook bite has been pretty good and should continue to be through July.  Fishing the shorelines of the everglades can be very producitve especially early in the morning.  Of course wear your long pants as the horse flies are bad this time of year.  We're hoping to get some permit showing up in the gulf soon for the summer time.  Unfortunately a lot of the structure where they use to congregate got moved around due to IRMA, but we hope with some investigative work we'll find some new areas they like in the next couple months.  It's that time of year where anything can happen with fishing, conditions are generally good with the calm weather and the water cleans up very nicely.  Full days give you the time to make the further runs to better fishing.  Give us a call and get on the hot bite!  Please check out my personal blog if you are interested in the summe time tarpon bite at islamorada tarpon fishing.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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P.S. Also please note we normally do not boat tarpon for pictures, but smaller fish like the ones pictured under 40 inches you are allowed to temporarily possess for pictures.  We try to make sure not to drop them or wipe off any excess slime, and release them quickly and healthily for next time.




4/23/18 April reef/offshore fishing report 

What a week at Bud n' Mary's Marina!!! On April 19th I had Patrick out aboard the Broad Minded for a swordfish trip. It was quiet all day, but late in the afternoon we hooked up. Patrick wanted to hand crank so we got him in the harness and he went to work. After a two hour battle we put the gaff and harpoon in a 600.5 lb swordfish!!! It's one of the biggest ever caught in the Florida Keys and the biggest we've ever seen at Bud n' Mary's Marina since we started daytime swordfishing back in 2003!!! Congrats Patrick!!! The catch 22 also fished that day and released 2 swords and kept 1 for dinner. We released 2 swords our next trip on the Broad Minded, but we didn't get any yesterday. 


The mahi bite has been fair. We had a couple good days and boats had 20 - 30 fish, but then the next day there was just a few caught. It's still a little hit and miss right now, but it should only get better and more consistent each week. We saw fish from 3 - 25 lbs caught the last few days. The blackfin tuna bite has been great, with a lot of "footballs" in the 3 - 7 lb range and a few nicer ones from 12 - 25 lbs. There's been some big amberjacks and sharks still around too. 


On the reef there's been plenty of yellowtail snapper and a few mutton snapper in the mix. Permit have been pretty good on the wrecks, but there not a guarantee by any means. About a week ago we had a weak cold front and it sparked the sailfish bite for a couple days, but then the bite really slowed down. All of a sudden two days ago the current picked up with a little bit of wind around lunch time and almost all the boats that were on the reef caught sailfish! The Catch 22 managed 6 releases, the indigineous had 3 and a few othter boats had a couple. However, the next day the current let up and there was only 1 sailfish caught amongst the fleet. We are looking forward to May 1st because grouper season opens up, so get ready! 


Give us a call in the marina office at 305 664 2461 to book you're next Islamorada Fishing Charter and we'll set you up with a great boat! Remember we have lodging options and "galley girls" cafe is open daily at 6 am. We recommend you order food the day before though so it's ready for your fishing trip the next day! Galley girls can be reached at 305 664 0166. 

Tight Lines

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 



4/9/18 Early April Offshore fishing report 

The last few weeks have flown by here in Islamorada! The marina was slammed busy in March and has been busy the first week of April too. Most boats fished every day and our lodging accommodations were full for the most part too, which was nice to since tourism has been down since Hurricane Irma. It's definitely "spring" fishing right now with a little bit of everything and changing conditions every few days. Most of the boats have still stayed on the reef but a handful have been venturing offshore. There's been a few sailfish caught most days amongst the fleet, with a couple boats having better days. The Kalex had 6 releases one day a couple weeks back and the Predator had 5 releases a few days ago. The permit showed up on a couple of the wrecks the past week and a lot of boats have been catching and releasing them. We've seen a few kingfish, plenty of yellowtail snapper with a few muttons and mangroves in the mix, and a couple wahoo. 


Offshore on the humps the tuna bite picked up the past week and we saw some really nice blackfins in the 20 - 25 lb range and then some footballs in the 3 - 7 lb range. The mahi aren't thick yet, but a few boats have put together a catch on them. The Reel McCoy and Catch 22 both had about 10 mahi each their last trip offshore, but other boats caught 1 or 2 all day. The mahi should only get better each week, so just remember it's a gamble now to go offshore and target them. There' been some big ambjerack on the wrecks and humps, as well as some big sharks. Aboard the Broad Minded we released two tiger sharks in the 400 - 500 lb range last week! 


Way offshore the swordfish bite has been decent although there was a couple slow days mixed in. We missed our only bite yesterday but the day before we went 2 for 3. When you swordfish you are hoping to get a bite or two, and if you catch them you will have a good day. Hooking and landing a fish with over 2000' of line out is challenging, so even if you get a bite there's no guarantee you'll catch that fish. If you don't mind taking a gamble and swordfish is on the bucket list, this is one of the best places in the world to try to catch one! 


Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book your next fishing vacation and we'll set you up with fishing and lodging right here at the marina! 

Tight Lines 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 



3/19/17 Mid March Islamorada Deep sea fishing report

Well I thought winter was over but we had two fairly strong cold fronts move through last week. Temperatures dropped into the 50's and the wind swirled directions. For certain fish a front can help the bite, but a drastic change in conditions this time year can shut the bite off on others. We had a couple tough days with slow fishing the day of the fronts, but then things got back to normal and we saw the normal mixed bag of fish for March. The majority of the boats have stayed on the reef and there's been a few sailfish caught amongst the fleet each day, one day was in partictular was good where most the boats had 2 - 4 releases and saw some others. Sometime in the next 6 weeks we should see the "spring time tailing condition" where sailfish and cobia tail down sea on a color change, but we will need just the right conditions. The wind and current must cooperate for that to happen and it usually just lasts for a couple days. We saw a few boats cash in on the cobia the past week, finding nice schools of fish with some cobes pushing 50 lbs! That style of fishing may not feel like fishing at all since we ride around in the tower and look for stingrays without any lines in the water, but if you find the right ray and and school of cobia is on him be ready! We've seen a handful of wahoo around as well as a few kingfish. The snapper bite was good most of the week although there was a couple slower days with the current into the wind and clear water in certain areas. Out a little deeper there's been vermillion snapper and a few yelloweye snapper in the 300-400' range. The Cloud Nine also caught a monster yellowedge grouper weighing in at 37 lbs! It's one of the only grouper species we can keep right now. We've had a lot of kids out fishing with spring break which is great because we love seeing the next generation fishing! Some barracuda and sharks around too! 

Further offshore the hump was very productive a couple days with blackfin tuna and amberjack, but then one day the bite shut off and it was very slow the next few days. It's fishing and things change day to day! We are seeing a few mahi so far and we will start seeing more as we get later into spring. Way offshore the swordfish bite has been steady for most boats. On the Broad Minded we had a 137 lb swordfish yesterday, three fish from 30- -80 lbs the trip before that, and one fish around 40 lbs the trip before that. We also caught a monster DIAMONDBACK SQUID! It weighed in at 33.4 lbs!! Talk about calamari!! The indigenous charter boat caught a big 267.8 lb swordfish yesterday after a 3 hour battle! The had some shots the trip before that and lost a couple fish after 1 hour battles. 

Give us a call in the marina office to book your next Islamorada Fishing Charter and we'll set you up with the best available boat. Remember we have logding options at Bud n' Mary's Marina so you can stay right close to the fishing action! 305 664 2461

Capt. Nick Stanczyk



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
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