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“stop in to see what's hitting”

Bud and Mary's Dive Center
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Owner description: Dive Center featuring scuba diving, snorkeling and trips in a glass bottomed boat.
Reviewed 2 March 2013

We just stopped to get a t-shirt and see what was bitting. They did not have any rooms left for us. I can see why great location you have the marina store the charter capts lodging all in one place and they are pet friendly. The people in the store are very friendly would love to stay some time.

Thank krstrimple
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

We took the all-day party boat, which ran from 9 to 4. Had a great day, caught some fish and found all the boat assistants more than helpful and attuned to helping folks catch fish and sharks. We had our fish cleaned at the boat and took them to next-door Lazy Daze restaurant to be cooked fresh. It was great! One word of warning: Be prepared to fight off old-guy regulars for some of the prime spots on the boat! No food or drink sold on boat, but marina has all you need and you can haul your own coolers on board. Cans only, of course, for drinks. Parking at marina is limited but we parked across Highway 1 without problem. Very nice folks at the cashier's desk, too. And, oh, the original Bud and Mary haven't been around in many, many, many years.

Thank Andrea B
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Reviewed 16 December 2012 via mobile

We went fishing with Captian Ted. He did a great job finding the fish and he is a really nice guy. We were a little worried about going on a charter with a new Captian but we lived him and we would deffinately go with him again. We also stayed in one of the rooms and it is a nice place.

Thank Tamed1234
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

On Bud and Mary's property there is a dive shop, marina, and cafe....and it is at the Marina where you purchase your ticket for the full day fishing trip...I suggest you call ahead to put your name on the list...they will not go out until there are at least 10 people going. With this fishing trip you must supply your own lunch and drinks...breakfast and lunch can be purchased at the deli/grill...I have been told that the chef there is a gourmet chef and you can see the difference in the food he prepares a fry cook he is not and it is resonably priced. I believe 20 people is all they will take on this boat which is not a crowded boat for fishing...the captain and deck hand are very helpful and together make this a great day of fishing...the captain also kite fished for Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) and then would hand the pole to a random passenger to bring it in and they would get to keep the fish. They worked constant changing hooks and pulling our fish off for us. That day we were catching yellowtail snapper and went home with about 8 pounds of filet. The excitment of the trip was when Will noticed Sailfish in the area and attempted to catch one...which he did, what a beautiful fish...he also handed the pole off to someone else to bring in. I can't wait to fish with Bud and Mary's fishing crew again....The day was worth way more than the $65 plus tips...DO IT.

Thank floridabeaches4me
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

Very casual & laid back outfit. We called here a couple of months before visiting because we didn't know how quickly a party boat fills up and this would be our first trip to the Keys. We stopped by the day before our scheduled trip and confirmed they had us on the list. Sure enough, it was just written in. We did not have to pay in advance or anything, just show up. In fact the majority of the people that went on our trip just arrived that morning and hoped there would be availability which there was. The great news was there was only about 20 guests so the boat staff was able to assist everyone quickly.

There was a biologist on board who measured and tagged the fish we caught. Some fish were kept but the majority of fish were put back into the water. My only fault on the trip was that it was difficult to get good pictures of my husband's catch because the fish needed to go back into the water quickly.

We reef fished. We caught plenty of fish and different varieties also. Another type of fishing we did was fantastic. The crew would make balls out of sand and chum. They would wrap excess fishing line from your rod around it, add a shrimp on the hook and throw it into the water. Then you let out some additional line and start reeling in quickly. Yellow Snappers and Blue Runners would take the bait and provide an exciting time reeling in.

We would definitely book again this business if we ever make it back to the Keys.

Thank great2bretired
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