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).


Happy Thanksgiving and Mid November Reef fishing report! 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! 

Time is flying by as We are already past the 3rd week of November 2017 here in Islamorada at Bud n' Mary's Marina. The property continues to get cleaned up and the outside dock is getting fixed up more and more every week since hurricane IRMA. We have all of our motel rooms and ocean front house available for accommodations and we will have our houseboats ready to rent next month! Most of the offshore boats at the marina have been fishing the reef and wrecks the past week, and will continue to do so the next few months. There's been a little bit of everything caught while livebaiting and the bottom bite has been steady. The boats have been picking away at the sailfish, not a ton around the last week, but a lot of boats have had 1 - 2 releases per trip. We should get another good push of them any day like we saw a couple weeks back. There was also a couple schools of cobia found, which is early for them, so it was a nice surprise!!! 


Other fish that have been eating the livebait have included kingfish, a few blackfin tuna, a couple mahi, barracuda, sharks, and more! On the bottom the yellowtail snapper bite has been very good most days, although yesterday the current was hardly moving and made for tough conditions. We've seen some really nice mutton snapper, mangrove snapper, and a few grouper as well. We can keep grouper until the end of December, so now is a perfect time to go bottom fishing! 


Way offshore I swordfished one trip last week and we got one bite at the end of the day and put a keeper in the boat. One bite separates the good days from the slow days while swordfishing. This is usually prime time so I'm not sure why the bite is slower than it should be, but hopefully we start getting multiple shots per day soon! 


Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book your Islamorada Fishing Trip and we'll set you up with a great boat and crew! We also have motel rooms available!!! 

Tight Lines, 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 


11/16/17 November Backcountry Fishing in Islamorada

Well November is rolling by and it's still been fairly warm for the most part though we did just have a slight cool down, and look to have another dip into the high 60s perhaps on Sunday evening.  Though overall still fairly warm!  Fishing has been decent really with some good action some times and tougher fishing at others.  We've still been dealing with pockets of nasty water, likely from much of the rotting vegetation from IRMA, but much of it seems to be making its way out offshore and into the gulf so hopefully that'll be getting to be less and less.  Earlier this week for instance we had stellar fishing in the backcountry with a lot of snook, got a nice redfish, and a handful of nice trout, all in about 3 hours of fishing in 3 different spots.  That was with Gus and Rick.  All those areas looked about as pretty as I'd seen it since the storm as far as the condition of the water went.  Then a few days later I took a friend Peter for just a fun trip to do a little exploring.... after the wind swung north/northwest and blew a bit, all those areas turned more of a darker chocolate color with a silty look to it, and the fish were gone completely - we struggled to catch one snook in about 3 hours and fished half a dozen spots.  The previous weekend I had Andy and his stepson Trey, they each caught snook, Andy got a nice tarpon, and the following day plenty of action with snappers, jacks, ladyfish, and mackerel.  Anyways on days like this it helps to have a full day booked as it will give you time to run to completely different areas where there may be cleaner water, and the fish can be stacked up there.  Capt. Jim Willcox the last few days has found some redfish.  Yesterday he said it was very good and they found a load of them, after struggling to find much in the creeks where he normally likes to fish, so having the full day/extra time paid off big!  Today wasn't quite as good but they did find a few reds and got a few black drums as well.  Capt. Mike Bassett over the weekend had found some quality snook in the everglades, not catching tons but he did say most were nice size fish.  Capt. Chris Daly said the same thing yesterday, at the end of his day the tide quit ripping and water cleaned up a bit, and in the last hour they caught several nice snook after paying their dues the rest of the day with just a handful of fish.  Capt. Bill Bassett had a few snook and redfish the other day sight fishing around flamingo, they didn't see a ton but were able to get a few on bait.  They were trying to throw the fly but not much luck with that.  He also found a big ball of large jack crevelle on the patches a few days earlier and landed a nice 25 lber on light tackle after a 40 minute fight!  Capt. Mike Venezia had a nice snook yesterday fishing with local Betsy Bullard.  Capt. Skip Nielsen had a good handful of snook the other day as well as a tarpon at the bridges and a few jack crevelles.  It's been a little rough to get on the patches this week on most days though if it lays down that should become a good option again.  Not much on the spanish mackerels yet in the gulf though hopefully they show up soon, when we get a little more cold weather it should be on.  As you can see there is good fishing to be had but some days you need to have patience and keep working at it.  If the water isn't pretty or the tides not right, it may be slow, but your captains will know the best places to be and when to be there.  Week days are fairly slow right now too so that also helps as you can usually get where you want to go without worrying about someone else being there.  Give us a call if you'd like to get out on the water!  305-664-2461

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
Facebook: Islamorada Tarpon Fishing


11/11/17 Early November Offshore fishing report 

Things are getting better each week at Bud n' Mary's Marina since Hurricane IRMA. The outside dock where the houseboats are usually tied up should be back together within a few weeks and we will have some more accommodations available for season. The last couple weeks most boats have fished the reef but a few have still verntured offshore. The Fall is a transitional time here so we see a little bit of everything, but every day is different. The first few days of November we saw some great catches of sailfish, with boats having as many as 7 releases! This week was a little slower on the sailfish but there has still been a couple caught each day. They should get more consistent as each week passes. There's been plenty of action with snapper, mostly yellowtails with a few mangrove and muttons mixed. Also a couple red and black grouper. The kingfish are just showing up and we've seen a few "smokers' over 25 lbs, but most have been in the 5 - 10 lb range. We've also been seeing a few cobia on the wrecks and plenty of barracuda on top of the reef. There's been a couple blackfin tuna caught on the edge of the reef, and some offshore on the humps. The tuna bite on the humps has been on and off, a few days they bit very well and some of the days the bite was non existent. The mahi are thinning out, but there's still being a few caught. 


Way offshore the swordfish bite was good a week ago but it did slow down the last couple trips. On the Broad Minded we released a small fish one trip and the next day kept one for dinner around 90 lbs and let a 100 lber go. The gimme jimmy also had a handful of bites one trip and released a juvenile swordfish. We did some deep dropping in the 800 - 1000' depth a couple of the days and caught barrelfish and blackbelly rosefish. 


Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to come down to Islamorada and go fishing!!! We have motel rooms and boats available!!! 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 



11/8/17 November Islamorada Backcountry Fishing Report

Well November is moving right along and it looked like we were going to have a bit of an early winter at the end of October with a pretty cold, early front.  However since then things have calmed down and warmed right back up!  This week the temperatures have been in the low to mid 80s during the day, with fairly light winds... almost summer like conditions except you can feel a hint of fall in the air, not the super humid 90+ degrees we get then.  Fishing has been very good for the most part.  I myself have had several days off since last week as my wife is out of town and taking care of the little one at home, but from what I've been seeing I've been itching to get out there.  My last day out was last Friday, we had a decent catch of snook landing 8 and missing a few others in the everglades.  We had banner fishing before that during the late october cold snap, with some redfish, snook, and black drum.  Jon Patten had a nice 20 lb black drum one of those days, and my dad and his friend Peter had some nice snook, redfish, and black drum the following day.  Capt. Jim Willcox has gotten into fish both in the everglades and closer to home.  He's been having some nice snook back there as well as a few redfish here and there.  He got some bonefish a few days ago too for an angler who was looking for bonefish and snook... what a day for him.  Also a cobia on one day as well.  Capt. Clyde Upchurch has had some good snapper and snook action around some of the bay islands in the everglades.  Capt. Jeff Beeler said the snook and tarpon deep in the everglades on his full day trips the last few days were very good.  Capt. Mike Bassett had stellar patch fishing yesterday with a variety of snappers including lanes, yellowtails, and mangroves.  They also had some nice bar jacks and his angler was rewarded with a 30 lb permit!  Capt. Gunner Guthrie was out for fun over the weekend and also reported good patch action and got a smaller permit as well.  Capt. Mike Walter had a half day on the patches over the weekend with some big mangrove snappers eating pilchards!  Capt. John Johansen and Capt. Bill Bassett have had some good patch action as well this week.  Yes... the patch fishing is where it has been at if you want practically guaranteed fish and some dinner to take home.  My dad Capt. Richard Stanczyk Sr. had some good bonefish fishing last night landing 4 bonefish with his daughter in law Sara Stanczyk.  He also got Rich Hastings, bud n marys employee, 4 bonefish and his first permit over the weekend too!  Stake up bonefish fishing has been pretty good - but you have to find the clean water to have success with that.  I've also seen some other guides in town have been finding some hungry tarpon in many areas.  With the calm, warm conditions they can pop right back up like it's summer time no matter what time of year.  Now this condition may not hold for long but at least from the forecast I've seen we have no cold weather in the immediate future, so it's definitely possible for the coming week or two possibly.  Anyways yes the fishing is very good the last week or so as things have readjusted to 'warm weather' condtions after our front at the end of October.  The gulf spanish mackerel fishing has not been very good as of yet from reports I've heard, but that can fire up as soon as we get some more cold weather.  But as you can see there are plenty of options worth trying.  Come on down and let's go fishing!  305-664-2461

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
Facebook: Islamorada Tarpon Fishing




10/29/17 October Backcountry Fishin' Report

October is nearing it's end here and we've already had our first legit cold front of the winter!  It's very early for it to be getting as cold as it did, but the weather has been crazy the last few years thats for sure.  It dipped down into the mid 60s here, and looks like Sunday night it will be doing so again!  We actually even have a tropical depression that is suppose to be making its way here during the day too and it's kind of made our weekend a wash.  Luckily though it will just be a good bit of rain and heavier than normal winds.  Fishing has been decent I myself have been doing the everglades things mostly.  Before the front we were having good action with some juvenile tarpon and snook back there.  Had a few days that were very good when it was nice and calm, and the water cleaned up substantially, and some other days where the wind was cranking but we were still able to pick away at some fish and had OK catches.  Mid October had Colin and Stephen over from the UK, they enjoyed catching a good number of snook and they each got a medium sized tarpon and also a big lemon shark.  The following day I had Jerry and his son in law Mark, they also enjoyed a good day of snook plus a couple redfish, and we got a couple of bigger 10-12 lb snook fishing deeper water as well as another lemon shark too.  Had my dad and Ron Modra out for a fun day after that, we got about 8 snook and 3 juvenile tarpon... the snook were larger on average than the previous days which was cool just not as many.  Had Philip and his buddy Andre for some tarpon fishing one day... we didn't have luck withe the tarpon we did hook one but lost him, though we banged up the snook pretty good landing a dozen or so.  Half day with Mario and Steve who are Florida folk, we caught a few snappers for dinner and got 3 juvenile tarpon while doing that and a snook and couple sharks it was great fishing!  And the last couple days after the front we had, we caught redfish, drum, and snook mostly.  Those trips were with long time customer John Watson and his family, and then Bud, Anna, and Kyle whom enjoyed their first trip back in the everglades!

As for some other guides I know Capt. Jeff Beeler had some bonefish the morning before the front a few days ago, just stake up fishing in the wind.  Capt. John Johansen had some snook yesterday and also had some tarpon and snook with me last week on one day where we had the same customers.  Capt. Bill Bassett has had some snappers around the islands and gotten the little tarpon going there too a couple of days.  Capt. Mike Bassett had some good snook fishing in the backcountry last week and some nice mangrove snappers for dinner too.  Capt. Perry Scuderi had a nice tarpon last week fishing locally around town.  Capt. Jim Willcox last week was doing well fishing mostly artificials deep in the everglades, getting into snook, redfish, trout, and jacks back there.

It looks like after sunday the weather will be nicer again, it is suppose to dip down into the 60s again but then slowly warm up.  Northeast winds most of the week 15mph or so, which should be ideal for most of our fall/winter fishing.  I think the tarpon thing is more or less over, may have some shots at small guys when the water temps are 70 or more, but for the most part bet on doing the cooler weather options.  That usually includes snook, redfish, drum, and trout in the 'glades.  Mackerels should start showing up in the gulf which I haven't had any reports on yet but with this cold weather I'm sure there are some out there.  Also patch reef fishing will be an option, but usually that's a little easier with less wind or at least due north wind.  Give us a call if you'd like to set up a trip, the upper keys are totally ready for you to come down and we have rooms and plenty of captains available at Bud n' Mary's.  305-664-2461

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Instagram: @richardstanczyk
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