Daytime Swordfishing

Swordfishing in Islamorada is considered by many to be the best in the world! The past 13 years our swordfishery has exploded.
We target broadbill swordfish both in the daytime and nighttime

Pioneering Daytime Swordfishing

The Stanczyk’s of Bud n’ Mary’s marina pioneered daytime swordfishing in the United States starting back in January 2003. Many of our offshore boats fish for swordfish now and have been successful.

Guy Harvey with 1 of 4 swordfish caught and released aboard the Catch 22 on June 11, 2014

The Catch 22 and Bn’M fished countless days figuring out the most productive spots and most effective techniques.

They once had a streak from 2006 -2007 where they produced 1 or more swordfish on 53 consecutive trips. Two different trips yielded 7 swordfish.

Please visit our Daytime Swordfishing website for more detailed information.

Bud N’ Mary’s swordfishing fleet.

Our fleet catches swordfish all year long but calmer weather makes it much easier and more enjoyable to fish as we drift in the Gulfstream. May through November have been our most consistent months the last few years.

The swordfish charters fish anywhere from 25 – 45 miles off of Islamorada, in 1500’ – 2000’ of water.

We use both standard conventional reel as well as electric assist reels.

Swordfishing takes patience and you may wait all day for a bite. Some trips yield no bites where other trips you can get a bite every drop! In reality you are fishing for a fish or two. Sure we have days where we catch more, but you always have to start with the first one before you can move onto the second one!

Daytime Swordfishing

In the daytime we typically fish 1 rod, dropped down within 200’ of the bottom in 1500’ – 1800’ of water. There are a number of different techniques and equipment options from conventional IGFA legal gear to more modern electric reels.

If you choose to hand crank it is a lot of work but well worth it in the end. Most of the swordfish hooked in the daytime swim to the surface at first and the angler usually winds in slack line. Most anglers think there’s no fish on because the fish is racing towards the surface and with 1500′ of line out you can’t feel them.

If the fish is of any size they usually get close to the boat, and then go down to the bottom again. Some fights last only 15 minutes while other battles have lasted 7 hours.

Broadbill swordfish average 50 – 150 lbs in the daytime, although we catch a fair amount over 200 lbs every year. The biggest one caught at the marina was a 468 pounds and was caught in 2015 by Capt. Nick Stanczyk. Occasionally the broadbill will jump and it’s a spectacular sight so bring your cameras.

389 lb swordfish with captain Nick Stanczyk

There’s no guarantee you will catch a swordfish but your chances are very good while fishing on our swordfish trips.

If you are up for a different type of fishing and want to try to catch the fish of a lifetime you should give swordfishing a try!

Fishing Reports

Late April Backcountry Fishing Report

April is nearing it’s end and tarpon season is definitely in full swing here in the Florida Keys.  We had a very early start to our tarpon season here in South Florida, with a super warm and calm February and March.  Thousands of fish of all sized showed up in… Read More

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What Our Customers Say…

  •   Our family enjoyed two half day fishing trips in March 2019, while on vacation in The Keys. Both our Captains were exceptional and we highly recommended them! The trips were out of Bud n’ Mary’s Marina. One trip booked through the captain ahead of time and one booked through the marina the day before. The first trip was with Captain Mike Walter, in search of a big tarpon to fulfill our daughter Chelsea’s Bucket List. Captain Mike immediately put us on the tarpon and Chelsea was thrilled with the fight of her 80 pounder. The second trip with Captain Dave Peck was for a variety of different species and we caught a lot of fish, which we enjoyed. But the last fish of the day was the highlight and we will remember it as “The Fish of a Lifetime” a 250 lb Goliath Grouper! It truly was an Amazing Experience! More

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  •   Captain Nick Stanczyk is an absolutely fabulous guide and captain. He knew where to fish which put onto a giant fish very quickly. Then he never took his eyes off the line and kept the boat properly placed for the duration of an 8 hour plus fight. In the end, we landed a record size swordfish of over 757 pounds. As experienced captains ourselves we cannot say enough positive things about Capt. Nick, his boat or and his crew. In addition, Bud n Mary’s knows how to treat fisherman of all levels. The Galley Girls Cafe located at Bud n Mary’s puts together great early am breakfast in plenty of time to make the boat departures and their lunch boxes are excellent as well. If you are looking for great day trips or a trip of a lifetime Capt. Nick Stanczyk and Bud n Mary’s is the place to go.

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  •   A full day out fishing. Dress in layers as the morning is cool, but afternoon gets warm. Bring hats and suntan lotion.
    Everyone caught a lot of fish- the crew made it easy and fun. After the trip they sorted the fish, filleted it for us and recommended several restaurants to cook it for us. It was a great day.

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  •   My husband and I visited Bud and Mary's to grab some bait for our 5th anniversary fishing day trip the beginning of the month. Super friendly and happy people, we're very helpful to point out a nice spot to go fishing, and supplied us with great shrimp bait. Food smelled great but it was early so we plan to come back and try it. The property was super clean, including the dock. There were a lot of charters out that morning and a few visitors milling around. They have a small school of tarpon and nurse sharks and some pelicans hanging around wait for scraps, and you can purchase food to feed them. Really want to jump on a charter next time we come down! They also have a dive shop that had a huge selection of gear, but was closed for lunch while we were there. Great place, we will be back.

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