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!

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3/31/17 End of March deep sea fishing report

I'm currently out of town but I wanted to give everybody an updated fishing report for the recent deep sea fishing off Islamorada at the end of March 2017. Boats have been on the reef and wrecks for the most part, with a couple venturing further offshore. On the reef there's been a good bite of yellowtail snapper witha few mutton snapper in the mix. The gon fishin v had a mutton that weighed 18 lbs on a recent charter. Some king mackerel have been around too. There's been a lot of black grouper caught and released, hopefully they stick around till May 1st when season opens up again. Some cobia finally showed up for a few days, with fish in the 20 - 45 lb range. There's been a few sailfish around most days, but we are nearing the end of the season when we catch them with consistency. This is typical spring time fishing with a variety of fish being caught, and conditions changing on a daily basis. If the wind and current line up just right expect some good sailfish and cobia action. A few boats ran into some mahi, and we should only start seeing more each passing week. There was a good run of blackfin tuna both outside the reef and on the humps offshore. The Catch 22 caught a nice swordfish one day last week that weighed in at 139 lbs. Things have been busy at the marina but give them a call to get in on the action! 305 664 2461 to book your fishing charter!

Tight Lines 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 


3/26/17 Late March backcountry fishin' report!

March is almost over it's hard to beleive but here it is.  The early spring has yielded some decent fishing overall.  The tarpon bite has been up and down, we had one hard late cold front about 10 days ago and that slowed them down for a little bit.  The last few days though things had picked right back up.  I myself had a banner day in the everglades, we had a very big day landing quite a few tarpon and putting many more in the air.  It was slick calm and the water temps had started to warm up nicely.  The last few days the wind kicked up again but the tarpon have still been around.  We caught a couple yesterday in the backcountry along with some sharks and plenty of trout, and today we caught a couple locally around town on a half day along with more sharks and a couple big jacks.  Previously I had taken a week or so off to welcome my son Felix into the world, he and mom are both very happy and health so we are thrilled.  Though elsewhere on the water Capt. Mike Venezia had reported some tarpon action locally around town too.  He also got a couple permit last week, one nice fish that was over 30 lbs!  There had been a few hogifsh on the patches too, he along with Capt. Dave Peck and Capt. John Johansen had reported a handful of hogfish along with a few snappers and porgies on the patch reefs.  It hasn't been red hot out there, but if you work around the various rocks and coral heads, you can usually pick a few quality fish and have some other rod bending action too.  In the backcountry the trout bite has been very good still, lots of good size trout in the bays.  Capt. Dave Sisung and Capt. Al Polofsky had some nice trout the other day, they also both caught tarpon in the backcountry a few days before that.  Capt. Bill Bassett ventured deep into the backcountry yesterday, 50 miles or more, and they said they had epic fishing for snook and redfish in very shallow water.  Capt. Jim Willcox had a nice bonefish yesterday morning.  Capt. Gunner Guthrie reported a couple tarpon locally around town this morning as well.  Capt. Skip Nielsen has had some good tarpon fishing as of late too, he also reported some monster bull sharks and goliath grouper in the gulf the other day.  He had a big goliath get eaten by the sharks too.  This coming week looks to be a good one - we have the winds lightening up and the waters warmed back up into the high 70 degree range.  A perfect recipe for good tarpon fishing!  There were plenty of fish in the backcountry the other day, and I saw a bunch today in a few areas that I fished locally.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk



3/19/17 March Offshore/Reef fishing report

We had a pretty strong cold front last week with temperatures in the high 50's. I really was hoping it would spark the sailfish bite, but there was just a few here and there for the offshore fleet. The Reel McCoy had 3 releases one trip, a handful of boats had 1 fish on a couple trips, and a lot of boats put in a few hours a day targeting sailfish without any luck. If the current and wind line up just right we should see some big numbers if we get our "spring time tailing condition", but we can't predict the conditions and if/when it will happen. I'm sure we'll continue to see a few sails here and there. A lot of king mackerel moved in the past week, with a few really nice size ones in the mix. There's been some in the mid 30 lb class and Gimme Jimmy weighed a 40 lber. We've seen a few mahi and blackfin tuna as well. This time of year we usually see a little bit of everything, but not always a ton of one thing. There's been amberjacks on the wrecks and humps, as well as some sharks for fun. 


The bottom fishing has been very steady. Some boats have caught giant yellowtail snapper up to 6 lbs and mangrove snappers up to the same size! There's also been a few mutton snapper in the mix. I'm hoping the grouper stick around till May 1 st, because a lot of boats have reported catching and releasing some nice black and red grouper. A couple boats also found schools of cobia, and hopefully we see more and more of them the next few weeks. We've seen a ton of barracuda on the reef too. 


Give the marina office a call when you're ready to book your Islamorada Offshore fishing charter and we'll set you up! 305 664 2461 

Tight Lines 

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 


3/13/17 Early and Mid March Deep Sea Fishing Report 

We're in full swing for "season" now here in Islamorada. Lots of boats have been fishing every day as tons of people are down on spring break and on vacation. A couple weeks ago we had a few days of very windy weather where all the boats canceled their trips, but the past few days have been nice. We have a late season cold front on its way now, but it shouldn't affect us too bad. Now that it's spring here we are seeing a wide variety of fish on the edge of the reef. For a few days we had a color edge with blue water meeting dirty greenish/white water. There was strong east current on the blue side and very little current on the dirty side. We call this a tailing conditiion, and tons of different fish migrate down the waves.  We saw a pretty good bite of sailfish for four days, a few cobia, some scattered mahi, a few wahoo, blackfin tuna, and the Relentless even caught a big white marlin on it! The conditions faded the last couple days with the wind switch and current dying out, but now that we are in the transitional period of fishing here each day can be very different. 

The bottom bite has been good almost every trip. A couple days the yellowtail bite slowed down, but most of the boats haven't had any problems catching a bucket full for dinner. We've seen a few more mutton snapper than I expected lately as well, and a couple real big ones in the mix. Grouper season opens May 1st, so we have been releasing the black and red grouper we've been catching. Amberjacks are open for harvest now, so we've seen a handful on the dock since March 1st. A lot of people release the amberjacks too. 

Way offshore I made it out on two daytime swordfish trips. One trip was very slow without any bites, and the other trip we fought a big fish for 45 minutes and unfortunately pulled the hook. We did get a few big queen snapper one trip too.  I'm hoping this cold front sparks the sailfish bite again the next few days. There's been some big sharks caught and released lately and we've seen quite a few king mackerel on the dock. Give the marina office a call at 305 664 2461 when you're ready to book you're Islamorada Fishing Trip and we'll set you up on a great boat! 

Tight Lines

Capt. Nick Stanczyk 


3/10/17 March Backcountry Fishing Report

March is here and it's busy busy busy!  Lots of families down doing the spring break thing, and just about everything on the water that floats has been out there.  We've had some ups and downs with the weather, just getting back to some nice lighter wind days after having a few days of it blowing 30+mph, and a few more with it being 20+.  The air temperatures didn't drop dramtically, but with all the wind the backcountry waters dropped almost 15 degrees!  This obviously had some serious impacts on the fishing, though even in on the hard blowing some guides were able to get out and get it done.  I myself had some good days of snapper fishing around the islands during the wind, we got some nice size snappers a few days too up to 20 inches!   Also had some juvenile tarpon action which was a nice bonus, some nice 15-20 lb fish.  Capt. Mike Venezia also had some baby tarpon action, some very juvenile ones of only a few pounds - don't see those very often!  Capt. Jim Willcox, Capt. Bill Bassett, and Capt. Mike Bassett reported some good snook and drum fishing the last couple days since the wind stopped cranking.  The snook didn't seem to mind the water temperature drop luckily, and of course the redfish and drum love that, so it was a little bit more like winter time fishing.  Capt. Skip Nielsen got a nice tarpon a few days ago despite the very cold water too.  Today we had some good action with trout and snappers in the bay on a half day, as did Capt. Jeff Oughton, Capt. Sid Bryant, and Capt. Jeff Beeler.  Before the crazy blows, we had some decent mixed bag days.  I had John and Jan Sholze out for 3 days, we caught a bunch of mackerel one morning, and then two tarpon later in the afternoon along with a variety of sharks including a nice hammerhead.  The following day was a bunch of trout, and a handful of snook and a nice redfish.  Before that the mackerel were still biting very well.  Mackerel could likely still be on the 'fishing menu' with the chillier water temps for a while longer.  Looks like in the middle of next week we are getting into the mid 60s again, so they will probably enjoy  that.  Not good news for our tarpon fishery with the impending cold, but hopefully it'll start getting right again maybe by next weekend.  This weekend though it may be a possibility, as the winds are light and things are warming up.  There is plenty of fish to be had, give us a call if you are around and we may be able to get you out on the water.  Evening tarpon trips could be a possibility starting now too.  305-664-2461

Capt. Rick Stanczyk