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 redfish in the Florida Keys

Fishing for redfish in the Florida Keys is a a very enjoyable experience and is one fish you can target all year round, hot or cold!  How you fish for redfish will vary depending on these conditions, but they can tolerate the coldest temperatures we ever get down here as well as the heat of the summer.  In the winter time we mostly fish for red drum (or redfish) in many of the run-offs and deeper creeks and canals in the everglades.  When fishing these areas you will notice there are often clues that will let you know where the fish are - a tree branch, some kind of rock pile or bottom debris, a tidal edy, or drain in the edge of the bank.  When red drum fishing is good you can often catch redfish every cast, often with an assortment of other species such as black drum, snook, trout, sheepshead, and more.  Your best bet for tackle is going to be fishing light spin gear with braided line, around 15 lb test.  A small peice of 30 lb monofilament leader at the end with any kind of jighead will suffice, most often 1/4 ounce.  Live shrimp is going to be your best bet, especially in cold water.  Simply cast and slowly bounce your jig along on the bottom, sometimes just let it sit and lift your rod tip slowly to move it a little bit.  In deeper canals or when the tide is running hard you may need to use heavier jigheads when figuring how to catch redfish in Islamorada.  Another good tactic is to fish with a standard knocker rig, leaving baits sit in prime locations while other anglers are using the jigging method.  Shrimp again on the bottom will work great in cold conditions, and to catch larger reds use live or cut bait such as prinfish, mullet, ladyfish, etc.. Your basic rig for this is going to be a 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce lead going to a swivel, then 40 lb leader to a 2/0 circle hook.  It may be a good idea to have a little heavier rod with 20 lb braid as if you do hook a larger red and your not holding the rod, he may have to be pulled out of the trees and you'll have a better shot this way.  Chumming with shrimp heads and small pieces of bait can also help your chances and get the fish rallying.  Catching redfish in Islamorada in the spring and summer can also be a lot of fun.  These fish often are caught poling the shallows and sight fished the same as you would for bonefish.  You will see them tailing in skinny water, and can cast shrimp to them as well as any kind of bucktail, worm, spoon - basically anything you can think of.  They are much less spooky than bonefish and much more prevalent so it is a great option for beginners to sight fishing.  These fish can also be blind fished as well at these times of years.  Poling up the run-offs and blind casting is one option often used on an islamorada redfish charter.  They will still get in the mouths of such run-offs in the main channels where there is rockier bottom and structure if your not poling.  They also often get up around the shorelines of the mainland and islands where there are downed trees and such for them to hide around.  Many of these places are very tricky to get to and I would recommend making sure you know the water and tides as many of these places you can easily get stuck in if your not familiar with fishing for redfish in Islamorada.  You won't find them as plentiful in the deeper creeks and canals when it is warm, and often the bugs are very bad at those times anyways.  While redfish are edible, in Islamorada and the rest of the Florida Keys we mostly try to treat them as game fish and pratice catch and release.  While nobody will scream at you for keeping a legal red drum, this guide and others would likely push one to keep something else such as snapper, trout, or mackerel.  Good luck catching redfish in the Florida Keys.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

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