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!


2/10/17 February Reef Fishing Report 

There was some exciting catches here at Bud n' Mary's Marina the past week. Last Wednesday, the 28th annual Poor Girls Sailfish tournament took place, which is a fun inexpensive tournament for the ladies, and the Indigenous took second place with 7 releases, and the Cloud Nine took third place with 4 releases, The Reel McCoy also had 4 releases and finished in fourth place. Great Job Ladies!!! The sailfish bite has remained fair overall, most boats getting 1 - 3 shots per trip, with a couple better days mixed in. 



We had a cold front move through last night with pretty stiff winds, but the winds are suppose to start letting tomorrow. Wednesday and Thursday were "pre frontal", with light winds, calm seas, and with the approaching full moon we saw some beautiful wahoo caught. On Wednesday in the sailfish tournament Taylor caught herself a big 57 lb wahoo! The Cloud Nine also had a wahoo that day and there was plenty others lost. We caught a couple on the Broad Minded yesterday as well. They seem to bite better when its calm, so I bet we'll see some more the next week once everything begins to settle out. 


The kingfish bite has remained pretty strong, with fish in the 5 - 20 lb range, and a couple in the 30 - 40 lb range! There's been a few african pompano, mutton snapper, amberjacks, and grouper around the wrecks as well. Grouper season is closed until May, but they are still fun to catch and release. We haven't seen as many cobias as I thought we would, but last week there was one day with a few caught. I expect to see more on the dock any day now. There's been a couple blackfin tunas around while live baiting as well. 


The Cloud Nine made it way offshore on a swordfish trip yesterday and released a 50 lb swordfish. On the Broad Minded we did a couple "deep drop" trips last week, bottom fishing in 500 - 1000'. The bite was a little slow, but we wound up catching a couple really nice fish in two days, including a golden tilefish and a queen snapper. We had plenty of small blackbelly rosefish too. 


Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book you're next fishing adventure in Islamorada and we'll set you up with a great boat and crew! Also don't forget we have lodging options at the marina and our Outfitter store is set up with a ton of great fishing apparel. 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 




2/2/17 End of January and Early February Deep Sea Fishing report

We had some of our coldest air temps the past week here in Islamorada, Florida Keys. It reached a brisk 60 degrees or so, but it didn't stop our offshore charter boats from going fishing! Last Thursday was the one day Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish tournament, and the Bud n' Mary's boats did well again. The Kalex took 2nd place with 4 releases and the Cloud Nine finished in 3rd with 4 releases. That was the third and final leg of the Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship, and team Relentless took top honors with 22 combined releases over the three different tournaments this winter. Congrats to all the boats here on a great season!!! Overall the sailfish bite has remained fair, with most boats getting a shot or two per trip the last week, with a few better days mixed in. Hopefully they turn on again and we start getting a handful of shots per trip. 


The yellowtail snapper bite has been very good most trips, with many boats limiting out. There's been a few mutton snapper in the mix as well and some grouper (but grouper have to be releases untiil May 1st). The king mackerel really showed up the past few days, with fish from 5 - 20 lbs. We've seen the occasional blackfin tuna in the mix and some cobia are starting to move through. February is usually one of the best months for cobia, so if you're patient and put your time in you should have a good shot at find them! There's also been some amberjacks on the reef and wrecks, but remember they are closed for harvest until March 1st. 


Way offshore I made it out on a few daytime swordfish trips, but the bite has been tough. The last two trips didn't yield any bite, and we missed a couple bite a few trips ago. This time of year was very slow last year as well, but when you are fishing for that one fish you just never know when he's gonna eat your bait! There has been some beautiful queen snapper caught deep dropping on the way in and out from the swordfish grounds, so that's been a plus. 


Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to get out and go fishing in Islamorada! We'll set you up on a great boat! 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 



1/29/17 Late January Backcountry Fishing Report

January is almost over it's hard to beleive!  We are currently having a cold front hit us though it's a bit unusual as it's not only cold but wet as well.  Got down around 60 early this morning and some rain bands have moved through.  Suppose to dry out later though and just be cold throughout the week, possibly getting into the high 50s the next few nights and then mid 60s later this week.  This is only really the second blast of cold weather we've had this winter, the other being in early January.  A few days ago it was flat calm and in the mid 80s!  This weather should get the backcountry fishing fired up again with things like snook, redfish, drum, and sheepshead.  In the last couple weeks I myself have been focusing on the gulf fishing.  With the warmer, calmer weather the backcountry had been a little tougher plus very buggy.  Last weekend it blew 45 mph one day and it really stirred up parts of the backcountry too, but thankfully blew a lot of the nasty algae water in the middle bay we'v been dealing with for over a year out into the ocean.  This hasn't been good for out there but at least the tides and wind should carry it away now.    Out in the gulf the spanish mackerel fishing has been stellar and there have been a good mix of snappers out there too, along with big ladyfish, bluefish, and jacks.  Last week we had some days where the cobias were popping up and had a few good catches of them.  I've caught a handful of tripletails as well, though really have not been seeing a lot of them but if you keep your eyes peeled you may get a shot or two in a day.  In the backcountry as I said it'd slowed down a bit with the warmer, dirtier water.  But still picking away at a handful of snook most days back there.  We got a nice tarpon a few days ago too when it was flat clam and warm, as well as some big sharks (lemons and blacktips), and even a few goliath groupers and 'mud marlin' one day.  Capt. Bill Bassett reported stellar fishing on one of his canoe trips, landing tarpon, snook, and redfish back in the mainland protected areas of the everglades.  Capt. Jim Willcox had reported a good mix of mackerel, jacks, bluefish, snapper, etc... in the gulf, and a few snook back in the everglades as well.  Capt. Mike Bassett has reported some nice lane snappers out in the gulf the last couple days along with plenty of mackerel, and some nice mangrove snappers yesterday on his trip with a few snook too.  Capt. John Johansen reported a decent snapper bite locally around the bridges when the water was very nasty out front on the patch reefs a few days ago, was able to get a bucket full for dinner.  Capt. Perry Scuderi and Capt. Clyde Upchurch reported some good fishing locally the other day, getting a mixed bag of ladyfish, mackerel, jacks, snapper, and some blacktip sharks on lighter tackle.  Capt. Jeff Beeler and Capt. Mike Venezia reported some snook, drum, and juvenile goliath groupers back in the everglades a couple days ago.  They said the fishing was best in the earlier morning on the lower tides back there.  All in all looks like we will have a bit more 'winter weather' this week, but it should be good for our backcountry fishing as I said.  The sediment in the water from last weeks hard blow should settle out as it cools off, and the winds aren't suppose to be cranking crazy hard but more in the 10-15mph range, so shouldn't be too gnarly out there.  Give us a call if you'd like to get out and fish we have plenty of availability!  305-664-2461

Capt. Rick Stanczyk


1/22/17 Reef fishing report for Mid January in Islamorada

We just finished up the Cheeca Lodge Sailfish Tournament here in Islamorada yesterday. It was a two day event and the Bud n' Mary's boats made another strong showing! Capt. Travis Dickens aboard the Indigenous led his team to a first place finish with 8 releases. Capt. Paul Ross aboard the Relentless finished in second place with 7 releases. Congrats everyone!!! Overall the sailfish bite has been fair, with most boats getting 1 - 4 bites per trip. The week before The Relentless also took second place in the Islamorda SailFly tournament, with Konnor Ross releasing his first ever sailfish on fly! Last Tuesday was the "Over the Hill Sailfish Tournament" for anglers over 50 years old, and Capt Ray from the Reel McCoy charterboat ran a local privately owned boat in town to take first place and Capt. Joe aboard Fearless put his family in 3rd place! Great job everyone!!! 



We had a couple calms days of weather last week as well and sure enough some nice cobias were found just inside the reef. It's a hunting game that takes extreme patience looking for them, but if find a big stingray with a school of cobia following them be ready for action! There's been some nice king mackerel on the reef and wrecks, as well as the occasional wahoo and african pompano. The snapper bite has been decent most days with enough yellowtails for dinner and the occasional mutton snapper in the mix as well. Remember our shallow water grouper season is closed, but it's still fun to catch and release the black groupers and red groupers. 

Way offshore I made it out on one daytime swordfish trip aboard the "Broad Minded" and Jerry landed his first ever swordfish. We've had a lot of luck with my new personal "STANZ daytime swordfish rod" which are available for sale now here at Bud n' Mary's Outfitters and online at www.floridakeysswordfishing.com. 

Give the marina office a call to book you winter time fishing adventure here in Islamorada and we'll get you set up with a great boat and crew! 305 664 2461

Tight Lines 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 




Mid January Backcountry Fishing Report

It was good to get back into town last week after spending a week out in Wyoming skiing where it was getting down to -25 at night... Brrrr!  I've been lucky enough to have fished every day since I got back and we had our first real deal cold front hit us a couple nights before I got back and got down into the 50s here and the water got down around 60.  This led to some good conditions for the backcountry specimens such as black drum, redfish, snook, and sheepshead.  Usually right after these hard fronts, once the water has a chance to warm slightly to mid 60s, fish can stack up in certain areas and lead to some pretty good days on the water.  Most every day I've gotten back into the cape sable area and had good action with some nice size snook, a mix of redfish and black drum, and a few sheepshead.  We got a couple large black drum in the 30 lb range in the last week too... on of my favorite things to catch when its colder.  Brandon and his dad Fred fished with me and had a great day with all those specimens, and Brandon got one of those big lunker drums.  Tony and Rob were with me the other day and we did a mixed bag, catching some mackerels as well.  Jerry and his boys down from NJ were here early in the week as well, with lots of drum and snook.  The gulf fishing has been good though it's been a bit windy so some of the smaller skiffs can't always get out there.  Capt. Mike Bassett and Capt. Mike Venezia both had reported good days at the cape with drum and snook, and M. Bassett had a nice tarpon the other day.  Capt. Jim Willcox today had redfish, snook, sheepshead, and even a juvenile tarpon.  Capt. Vinnie Biondoletti reported a mix of jacks, ladfyish, mackerel, bluefish, and a nice grouper fishing locally around town.  Capt. Bill Bassett has been taking his canoe with one of his regular customers and getting into some nice reds and snook in the very deep shallow creeks in the everglades.  Capt. John Johansen had a mix of snook, redfish, and black drum a few days ago.  Looks like the winds are suppose to lay off throughout the week and maybe by mid week it'll be calm throught the weekend.  This should be great for patch reef fishing and also going into the gulf.  Give us a call if you want to get out on the water, it's a great time of year with the cooler weather to go fishing!  305-664-2461

Capt. Rick Stanczyk