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“Shark fishing with Captain Nick on the BNM Charter-best charter!”

Bud n' Mary's Sportfishing Marina
Ranked #22 of 159 Tours in Islamorada
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Owner description: Bud n' Mary's Fishing Marina is a historic fishing marina located in Islamorada, FL, the sportfishing capital of the world! We offer offshore, inshore, and party boat fishing. We also have boat rentals, lodging, diving, snorkeling, and a deli on site! Come see why Bud n' Mary's has been a florida keys fishing tradition since 1944!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Shark fishing with Captain Nick on the BNM Charter-best charter!”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

I highly recommend Captain Nick Stanczyk and BNM Charters for a great sport fishing experience. I grew up in South Florida, and have been out on a lot of fishing charters, Captain Nick and his mate Matt are by far the best I have ever experienced!

Nick took my wife, friend and I out for a day of shark fishing. From the beginning of the trip-we could tell that Nick had been doing this his whole life. We started early in the morning and caught live bait (blue runner), to catch the bait for the sharks. Next he took us out on the reef where we caught a 30 lb and 45 lb Amberjack within 20 minutes. We caught one other as well. Then we had the bait to go for the sharks. Matt took great care of unhooking all of the fish, and preparing the rods with live bait for the next catch.

Nick knew exactly where to fish- up to this point we were busy all morning catching fish in all the right spots. You could only know these waters so well if you grew up in the area-which Nick and Matt did. Nick has been fishing in Islamorada for over 20 years.

Then it was time for the big game. I know it is hard to catch shark-so I was just hoping for an opportunity to hook one. Nick brought us out 13 miles in 500 ft of water, and Matt set the bait out. We only waited about 20 minutes and suddenly a massive Tiger shark hit our bait. I fought it for an hour and finally caught an 11 ft, 550 lb tiger shark-amazing! Then we tried again and after 10 minutes hooked another 10 ft plus Tiger Shark! We were lucky to have Nick and Matt there to help us every step of the way-it was the only way we could have caught such massive sharks. Nick knew exactly how to drive the boat to set the hook and keep the shark on the line. Matt guided us through the whole process of how to fight the sharks and catch them.

Nick and Matt made this our most memorable day fishing ever. They are very friendly with the customer, and have the experience necessary to fish the Florida Keys and go after large fish. They will work with you to your skill level. My wife had never caught a large fish before- so they helped her bring the fish in.

It is rare to be able to catch one Tiger Shark-so to catch 2 on 1 charter trip is incredible! These guys really know what they are doing.

I will be using BNM Charters for more trips, and highly recommend anyone else use them if they are serious about big game fishing in the Keys. They are the best!

Visited April 2013
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budnmarys, Public Relations Manager at Bud n' Mary's Sportfishing Marina, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Glad to hear that you got the MONSTER SHARK you wanted to catch! Thanks for sharing your story with everyone and for posting a few pics. We look forward to fishing with you again!

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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“upscale marina”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

service is good and quick at the docks. Gas is pretty expensive and boat traffic is heavy during the weekend

Visited July 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Bud N Mary's - YES”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

We visited Bun N Mary's in November 2012. The accomodations were very nice, an the staff was more than helpful. The planning of the trip was excellently handled. We first went inland with John Johansen and had a fantastic day. Captain "Johnny" knows his "stuff" and is also a very cool dude. Then we spent two days on the BnM - perfect - We caught a ton of fish and two very large sailfish - Thanks guys - Will DEFINITELY GO BACK THERE AGAIN

Visited November 2012
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Corralitos, California
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“The Reel McCoy!”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Fished today w/ Captn George on reel mccoy..absolutely spectacular! productive instructive and great folks..have fished worldwide for many years and this was top 10. Not only was the catching awesome...mackeral/wahoo/sails/bonita/ missed a big cobia..and on and on..but the style of sailfishing was AWESOME..live bait tossed at tailing or feeding fish...so freaken exciting..makes dropback seem like childs play....and the guys are unassuming, professional, and fastidious to boot...GO FISH!

Visited March 2013
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Little Torch Key, Florida
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“Tarpon!”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Went out with Captain Rick on a night fishing trip and landed a good sized Tarpon. Captain Rick definitely WILL put you on the action!

Visited March 2013
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