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 Tripletail in the Florida Keys

Fishing for tripletail in the florida keys is not something we get to do a whole lot of but when the conditions are right it's a lot of fun! They are caught both on the offshore side and gulf side of Islamorada. On the offshore side they are generally founid on floating debris or weed lines when fishing for mahi mahi and caught and usually are not targeted specifically, so will be focusing on the gulf side fishing. Tripetail fishing is usually best just outside the everglades park boundary from sandy key on up cape sable, out to the west of there. You'll find these fish hanging on the foam bouys that are attached to crab pots, as well as occasionally on markers. Once in a while they will also be found floating freely, especially inside the park off east cape where there are no pots. Generally you just run the trap lines from as far away as you can see something swimming behind them, they'll often look just like seaweed hanging on the ball. If you do see one, swerve away while keeping your speed up and then slow down while making a loop back around. Idle back up to the ball and position yourself to cast. You'll find them here also when lobster/stone crab season is over as there is much less for them to hang on. Catching triple tail in Islamorada is usually done with light tackle, 10-12 lb test with 30 lb leader, and a bare baitholder hook, usually of 1/0 size. Simply pinch the tail of the shrimp off and hook him up through the body. Attaching a small float about a foot up from the hook is also recommended as you can twitch it real fast to make a popping sound in the water which will often get the tripltails attention. Fishing for tripletail in Islamorada takes some patience as you must make a cast that is up current of the fish while not snagging whatever structure he is hanging on and not spooking him. Once the bait gets close, twitch it a bit, or pop the cork slightly if he doesn't see your bait. Islamorada tripletail fishing may take a few tries to perfect the method but once you get dialed in you should have great success! These fish are great tablefare which is one reason they are so desired, they are actually one of my favorite eating fish. One negative thing is they are very tough to clean with very hard, armor-like scales that can dull a knife quickly! Catching tripletail in the florida keys usually requires a fairly slick calm day as this is when it's easiest to really run the trap lines and see. They can be caught year round for the most part, barring any extremely cold water temperatures. On an Islamorada tripletail charter you will need the right conditions, and will likely not spend all day looking as unfortunately it burns up lots of fuel and often they are 'around or are not' so spending lots of time looking when you are not seeing them usually is a sign to try something else! Good luck learning how to catch tripletail in Islamorada! Remember islamorada triple tail are lots of fun to fight on light tackle!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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