Keys Captains: The Last Buffalo Hunters?

June 30, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

Keys fishing captains are nothing if not resilient. But a drop in tourism has all but the top-tier guides wondering where the next booking might come from. Case in point: the 65-year-old Bud ‘N Mary’s marina in Islamorada, one of the original magnets for Keys anglers, where owner Richard Stanczyk — who turned down a $25 million dollar purchase offer three years ago — may go back to offering his own guiding services to make ends meet. “After 63 years and at least 25 skin surgeries, he’s put off retirement at the landmark Islamorada fishing hub and sent in his eighth set of renewal papers for his captain’s license.” Douglas Hanks in the Miami Herald.