Captain
Brad Buczko

Member since April 2015

Marco Island, United States

Background
I grew up on Marco Island and spent all my free time fishing the backcountry near Marco Island and the surrounding 10,000 islands. I am a full-time firefighter and guide on my days off. I spend multiple days a week on the water so I am always familiar with where the fish are and how we are going to catch them.
Techniques
Inshore Spin, Nearshore Spin, Live Bait & Artificial

Hey, I'm Captain Brad Buczko

Marco Island, United States
Background
I grew up on Marco Island and spent all my free time fishing the backcountry near Marco Island and the surrounding 10,000 islands. I am a full-time firefighter and guide on my days off. I spend multiple days a week on the water so I am always familiar with where the fish are and how we are going to catch them.
Techniques
Inshore Spin, Nearshore Spin, Live Bait & Artificial
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Water Time Inshore Fishing

39 Reviews  
Marco Island
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trips from US$ 350

Fishing Reports

Spring Report

March 06, 2018

Spring is slowly working it’s magic on the south Florida region including the 10,000 islands and Everglades areas. We are beginning to see a influx of bait migrating into coastal waters along with a steady increase in water temps.… Read Full Report →


December Fishing

December 04, 2017

December fishing has been great!! From Snook and Redfish to Trout and Tripletail action has been non-stop lately. Book your trip to get out and enjoy winter on the water. Read Full Report →


8/24/17 1/2 Day Inshore

August 24, 2017

Spent a 1/2 day trip with a great group of guys from Indiana. We had a great day catching a wide variety of fish including some of South Floridas top gamefish. We managed at least 4 Tarpon, Lost a… Read Full Report →


Summer of 17

July 11, 2017

Summer time in South Florida is my personal favorites. Lately we have been relying heavily on our fresh caught bait (pilchards) to get the bite. We have had a lot of smaller sized baits migrate into the area and… Read Full Report →


Catching our way into Spring!!

April 05, 2017

Spring is finally here and along with it the fishing has been great. Once again I have been fortunate to have spent some great days on the water with great guests. We have been catching a lot of fish… Read Full Report →


Early Spring Report

March 12, 2017

What a past few weeks it has been for WATER TIME this March. I have had the opportunity to fish with some awesome people. Both old and young and every trip out has been one I wont soon forget.… Read Full Report →


What a Winter!

February 11, 2017

Winter a time of change for all Floridians and the fishermen and women. This winter started out great October had some of the best Redfish fishing I have seen in a while. When hurricane Matthew approached it seems to… Read Full Report →


Summer Heat!!

August 04, 2016

Fishing has been hot along with the weather and afternoon storms that usually push us off the water. Bait in the area is here in great numbers and is steadily growing in size making it more and more productive… Read Full Report →


Save $50 on a half day trip

May 19, 2016

Enjoy $50 off your next half day fishing trip for a short time! Don't miss out on this great deal, you can't beat the fishing in sunny South Florida! Read Full Report →


Fishing is HOT

April 30, 2016

Fishing is almost considered catching right now in the 10,000 islands and in Marco Islands surrounding waters. The Redfish, Snook, and Tarpon have been abundant on a daily basis. The waters have warmed up and the bait has moved… Read Full Report →


Spring Fling in the 10k

March 15, 2016

Spring is making its approach and along with that our water temps are finally climbing. The presence of bait is getting better and better which has really made fishing action hot. Spent a half day on the water with… Read Full Report →


1/1/16-2/1/16

January 03, 2016

What a great start to the new year here in the 10k. Despite some crazy weather our fishing has remained steady and is falling into our typical winter patterns. We have been finding decent numbers of Trout, Redfish, and… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.98 out of 5 stars from 39 reviews

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Tampa, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, June 20, 2018

We had a great day of fishing and Captain Brad was a top notch guide. Our first time to catch snook and he didn’t disappoint!

Fished June 2018

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Thanks John looking forward to another trip next year!

Springfield Township, nj
Went fishing on Thursday, June 14, 2018

Awesome trip with a great Captain! Caught 3 redfish, one measuring 33 inches which put up a crazy fight. Also caught a bunch of big sea trout, snook, ladyfish, and snapper. Can’t wait to come back in the fall. Thanks Captain Brad for everything and appreciate you putting a “fellow first responder” on the fish all day!

Fished June 2018

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, June 15, 2018

Anytime!! See ya soon

Bonita Springs, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Took my wife and 7 yo daughter out with Brad.  Caught more fish than I could count.  2 prize fish and 3 spotted trout for dinner; all on artificial jigs.  Brad is knowledgeable, and offers a family friendly charter.  My daughter spent a good part of the trip making friends in the livewell.  Recommended for those sensitive to seasickness and don’t want to spend half the trip getting deep sea.

Fished June 2018

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, June 16, 2018

Thanks again for coming out!

Traverse City, mi
Went fishing on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Captain Brad was very knowledgeable about the area and all of the various species of fish. We caught a nice assortment of sea trout, lady fish, pin fish, snook, sheepshead, Cravelle Jack and catfish. We even saw a manatee and her cub. A great experience!  Highly recommended!

Fished May 2018

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, May 18, 2018

Kelley thank you again for coming out! I hope to see you and Alex again soon.
Thanks
Brad

Naples, fl
Went fishing on Saturday, May 12, 2018

My friend and I went out with Capt Brad Bucsko (sp?) and had a great time.  He had us on fish at almost every stop.  Very knowledgeable and easy-going.  Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a great backcountry experience.

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Thanks again! Hope to see you guys back soon

Boca Raton, fl
Went fishing on Thursday, May 10, 2018

Brad was brilliant! We couldn’t of asked for a better morning. We will def be coming back the next time we are in Marco.

Fished May 2018

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, May 12, 2018

Thanks again for coming out! Hope to see you again

Westerly, ri
Went fishing on Monday, April 16, 2018

Had a blast today catching fish. Brad jumped us around till we landed on fish. Would highly recommend.

Fished April 2018

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Thanks again. Hope to see you soon

Brandon, fl
Went fishing on Friday, April 13, 2018

Stellar day on the inshore and gulf border waters with Capt. Brad!  Chased down several areas and landed a wide of variety of fish, including mackerel, red snapper, and trout.  Highlight was a 25 minute battle with a 100 lb tarpon (on 15 lb line). All in all a great experience with a fun, capable, and knowledgeable captain.  Cannot wait to book again!

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, April 16, 2018

Thanks again!!

LEO-CEDARVLE, in
Went fishing on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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Fairport, ny
Went fishing on Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Exceptional experience all around. Captain Brad was very knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely recommended to anyone wishing to have a great time on the water.

Fished April 2018

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Thank you very much I had a great time with you guys and hope to see you back again soon

Naples, fl
Went fishing on Thursday, March 29, 2018

Great day on the water!  Thank you Captain Brad for an awesome time.  My 11 year old son had a blast and is already asking when we can do it again.  We will definitely be giving Water Time a call next time we’re in town!

Fished March 2018

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, April 1, 2018

Thanks Tom looking forward to another great day on the water!
Brad

Kennebunk, me
Went fishing on Monday, March 26, 2018

Brad was terrific. Very knowledgeable, friendly and patient with new fishermen. He put us on fish from the first cast to the last. We will book with Brad again. Plus the boat was clean with all electronics working and all fishing gear was new or at least I top shape.

Fished March 2018

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, March 26, 2018

Thanks John Hope to see you guys out again soon

Ruskin, fl
Went fishing on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Extremely knowledgeable and passionate about fishing.  Less than ideal conditions and still left with plenty in the box.  He constantly assessed our current conditions and adapted to maximize our opportunity to put us on fish.  Highlight of the trip was a trippletail that Brad saw/hooked and let my nephew land.  We dined on it later that evening :)

Fished March 2018

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, March 9, 2018

Thanks again Kevin! Hope to see you guys again soon.
Brad

Pleasant Unity, Pennsylvania
Went fishing on Monday, February 26, 2018

Fished February 2018

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Thanks Ryan hope to see you again.
Brad

United States
Went fishing on Saturday, February 24, 2018

My wife and I had a perfect trip with Captain Brad. The morning started fast as we battled Pompano, angling them away from the marauding dolphins circling our boat.  Caught a mix of snapper, sea trout, sheepshead, jack, pompano. Great day, Great Captain, Great fun!

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, February 25, 2018

Thanks again Fred I’ll be telling the story about our morning for some time to come!


Naples, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A first for my buddies and I… Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Thank you Captain Brad!

Fished February 2018

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, February 23, 2018

Thanks again for coming out!!

Marco Island, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, February 8, 2018

Great day of fishing

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Westerville, Ohio
Went fishing on Monday, February 12, 2018

Hard working, put us on excellent fishing spots, didn’t waste time on non-productive water or non-productive methods. Very personable and helpful. Eager to share new techniques. Also was able to accommodate a special medical request. All this and we caught fish! Will most definitely book again.

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thanks again for coming out!! You guys were a pleasure. Looking forward future trips.
Brad

United States
Went fishing on Sunday, January 21, 2018

My son and I had a great day fishing with Brad, he was very knowledgeable and helpful and really knows the area to find fish. We will be booking with him again!
Thanks

Fished January 2018

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Thanks Jim! Hope to see you guys again soon.
Brad

Hollywood, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, December 29, 2017

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Orlando, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, December 28, 2017

A great time was had by all. Caught lots of fish. Would definitely recommend. Captain was very personable. Tried fishing many locations.

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Brandon, Florida
Went fishing on Monday, December 11, 2017

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Michigan City, Indiana
Went fishing on Sunday, October 29, 2017

Very patient and helpful. Our 5 year old grandson had a great time on a beautiful day. 5 stars!

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, November 16, 2017

Had a great day with you guys! Looking forward to future trips.
Brad

Lake Worth, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, October 21, 2017

This is my second trip and my sons first. It was a fantastic trip. Lots of fish, snook, jacks & tarpon. We had a blast. Looking forward to our next trip.

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Longwood, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, August 24, 2017

What a great time. Brad was extremely organized, professional, and friendly. We immediately hooked onto some large fish including Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, and Grouper. Knows the area very well and we had a great experience.

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, August 26, 2017

Thanks David had a great time with you guys!!
Tight lines
Brad

Brandon, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, August 12, 2017

Brad is a very skilled and disciplined guide.  Our trip was planned spontaneously without any research on guides in the area.  We could not have been more pleased with our luck in finding Brad’s service “Water Time”!

Fished August 2017

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, August 13, 2017

Thanks guys really hope to see you back sooner than later. Until then Tight Lines!!
Brad

Lake Worth, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

This was my first guide trip. I have been fishing for sixty years but never with a guide. This was one of the best trips ever. Brad knows his fishing. He knew right where to catch bait and we had 40 bait in one cast. The fishing was a bit slow but we did manage to catch a few. I am planing an other trip in October.

Fished July 2017

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Thanks Gordon.
Once again it was a pleasure fishing with you! Hopefully next time we can get that big one we lost!!! Hope to see you again soon.
Capt. Brad

Tampa, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, June 11, 2017

Our first time doing a fishing charter in Marco Island and boy did we luck out with Capt.Brad. Capt. Brad was extremely knowledgeable. We caught a lot of fish and had so much fun! Thanks Capt. Brad for a memorable morning of fishing

Fished June 2017

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 19, 2017

Your very welcome and I am glad you enjoyed your trip. Hope to see you all again in the future.

Brandon, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, May 27, 2017

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United States
Went fishing on Tuesday, May 9, 2017

I booked this trip in advance of our vacation to Marco Island. Brad responded quickly and stated that he would reach out again once we arrived in Fla. I landed this trip hoping to reacquaint my wife w/ the joy of fishing. Thanks to Brad and his calm and professional demeanor she has not stopped talking about our day. Thanks Brad for an awesome day on the water.

Fished May 2017

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, May 22, 2017

Thanks John hope to see both of you back again.

United States
Went fishing on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A pleasure to fish with Captain Brad.  He knows how to find the fish.  I recommend him to anyone who wants to have a good fishing experience with a good guy.

Fished May 2017

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, May 22, 2017

Thanks a lot looking forward to another great day in the future.
Capt Brad

Chicago, Illinois
Went fishing on Thursday, March 30, 2017

Great trip with an incredibly knowledgeable guide.  Though I was looking for a morning trip, Brad suggested an 11:00 am departure to fish the incoming tide for snook and redfish.  Caught more fish than I could count, including at least seven snook,  and a keeper trout and redfish.  Brad clearly cares more about catching fish than maximizing revenue.

Fished March 2017

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, April 10, 2017

Ken,
Thanks for the review, I hope to see you back in the future.
Thanks
Brad


Pembroke, Ontario
Went fishing on Monday, March 13, 2017

My 8 yr old son and I went out on a half day trip with Captain Brad over the March Break. He took us out to a wreck two miles from shore near Marco Island (17 ft of water). There we immediately hooked into a wide variety of fish on nearly every cast (spanish mackeral, sugar trout, blue runners, catfish, bluefish, jacks, lady fish etc). Action was fast and furious and perfect for my son who had never hooked a salt water fish before. Brad was very accommodating and professional; the whole experience was excellent. I would certainly recommend this trip for anyone hoping to catch a slew of fish!

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, March 27, 2017

Thanks Dan

Naples, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, March 25, 2017

We had a great time with Water Time Inshore Fishing and Captain Brad. He was very attentive and good with the three kids. We caught a lot of fish and had great weather. Captain Brad knows the area very well and one of the reasons why we chose him was because of his experience with fishing the Marco Island/Naples area his entire life. Kids can’t stop talking about the trip and the fun they had with Captain Brad. We will definitely go out again with Water Time Inshore Fishing.

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, March 27, 2017

Thanks Steve can wait to have you out again!!

Naples, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Beautiful day, great boat, very organized captain. He worked extremely hard to make sure our day was a success. I work highly recommend this trip.

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thanks Bob. Looking forward to seeing you and Andrew again.

Marco Island, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, March 12, 2017

Brad was very friendly and very knowledgeable of the very difficult territory. The best part for me was that he allowed us to be part of the decision making process for species and duration spent fishing for them thumbs up Captain Brad awesome !!!!

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Brad Buczko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, March 20, 2017

Thanks a lot guys glad you enjoyed the trip. Hope to see you again soon.
Capt Brad.


Fort Myers, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Brad was very good…we had a good time, but tough conditions

Fished November 2016

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United States
Went fishing on Thursday, April 7, 2016

Capt Brad made it a great day for myself and my 6 year old son. He really went above and beyond to ensure we had a great trip. The boat was clean and well maintained as was the gear. Capt Brad was prompt, was actually waiting for us when we arrived .. and we were 15 minutes early. We had an awesome time fishing, we caught redfish, snook, and my son’s favorite.. a shark! We had an excellent time and will go again for sure. Thanks for a memorable day with my son.

Fished April 2016

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Statesville, North Carolina
Went fishing on Sunday, December 6, 2015

My brother and I had a great time with Water Time. The Captain was nice, courteous and knowledgeable. We caught several nice eating fish and a number of throw backs that added to the fun. This at a time of year considered not the best for fishing. Thought the rate was reasonable. Will definitely use Water Time again.

Fished December 2015

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