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:


How to catch Hogfish in the Florida Keys

Fishing for hogfish in the florida keys is a treat for many, especially those that like to eat fish. Hogfish is one of the best eating fish around, and you will see it on the menus in many restaurants throughout south florida. While hogfish are often caught spearfishing, they can also be caught on rod and reel. However you need to know where to look... Florida keys hogfish fishing is mostly done on the shallow patch reefs off of Islamorada and the rest of the Florida Keys. These are little areas usually a mile or two offshore on the atlantic side that hold small coral heads, sea fans, and reef-like structures. Often they may just be a few small little things, and may only have a handful of fish on them. Hogfish fishing is mostly done with shrimp. I use a ligh flourocarbon leader of 20 lb test, or even 12-15 lb test if they are being finicky, with a ¼ to 1/8 oz jig head, and just hook the shrimp through the tail so he stays on there good. You can try live hooking him through the head but often the other fish will pick it off easier if you do this. Fishing for hogfish in Islamorada may take a little bit of enticement on your part. I often like to bring some extra shrimp to break into small pieces to chum with. You can even use stinky pink dead ones as hogfish are one fish that actually are attracted to these. Just pinch them into pieces and sprinkle them about while you are fishing every so often. Islamorada hogfish fishing may only produce a fish or two per spot, as they are often sought after for tablefare and rarely are found in great numbers. They do fight good and are much fun on light tackle. The hogfish bite is often very slow and sudden, you'll feel them pick at it a little bit at first. I tell my anglers to just let them eat for a few seconds, then wind down sternly and once your rod bends and your reeling, give a solid hookset. Catching hogfish in the florida keys may take a lot of 'running and gunning' as you may need to hit several different coral heads. Spots will not come easily from local captains as they are highly secretive of their 'hogfish holes.' However one good way to find spots is to go and snorkel especially in the summer time. Up and down the keys the reef line generally runs around 3 miles out, give or take. You can find the 'patch reef line' further inshore, often between a mile or two offshore. The coral heads will run in lines so if you continue along that line you will likely find more fishable areas. You can run around on slick calm days and look for coral heads and the like, jump in and look around, and see what is hanging out down there. Winter time these spots often will hold more fish including the hogfish, porgies, various snappers, groupers, and others. Best of luck to you learning how to catch hogfish in Islamorada. If your looking for a fun half day option when fishing in the florida keys, be sure to give islamorada hogfish fishing a try!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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