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Fishing in Islamorada
Islamorada is known as the 'Sport Fishing Capital of the World' - and with good reason. Located in the upper part of the Florida Keys, the “Village of Islands” has immediate access to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the Florida Bay. Some people say that there isn’t a fish that swims in the Atlantic that can’t be caught from these shores. And there is a stack of IGFA records to back that up.
Whether you want to get lost exploring the backcountry, cruise the prolific flats for giant Tarpon, or experience some of the best offshore fishing in the Keys, there's no better place to start than right here - in the very capital of it all.
People from all corners of the globe are attracted to the lure of Islamorada fishing, and they have been for decades. Famous faces such as Winston Churchill and George Bush Sr. have been spotted dipping a line in these waters, while every traveling angler has the town pinned securely to their bucket list. This small town probably has one of the highest concentrations of professional sportfishing boats in the entire world, and it is easy to see why.
The historic marinas in Islamorada have seen the concept of saltwater fly fishing and backcountry sport fishing emerge and grow right on their doorsteps. Pay a visit to Bud N’ Mary’s Marina and you will walk in the footsteps of pioneering Florida Keys fishing guides such as Ted Williams, Cecil Keith, and Jimmy Albright. Take a backcountry fishing trip in the Everglades National Park and picture yourselves in the shoes of these legendary guides, who were among the first to explore these waters in search of Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, and Redfish.
Experienced anglers will not be able to resist hiring a guide and a skiff and finding out why Islamorada is synonymous with Florida flats fishing. A good guide will help you perfect your cast as you sight fish for a whole variety of species. If you haven’t felt just how hard a little Bonefish can fight, now is your chance.
Hand feed Tarpon from the dock at Robbie’s Marina before joining a guide and experiencing the phenomenal Tarpon fishing Florida Keys is famous for. The waters surrounding Islamorada are effectively a ‘Tarpon highway,’ linking the migration routes the Silver King takes up the east and west coasts of Florida state and creating a paradise for admirers of the 'Silver King.'
But there’s more to Islamorada than backcountry and flats fishing. The Gulf Stream runs just 10 to 20 miles from the coast, making deep sea fishing accessible even for smaller boats. Warm water pelagics such as Sailfish, Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and even Marlin can be caught within easy reach of the coastline, making Islamorada one of the few places in the world where you can catch a Bonefish, Permit, and Sailfish all in one day. Record Snappers, Groupers, and Swordfish can be caught further down the water column, making Islamorada undoubtedly one of the most diverse fisheries out there.
Rules & Regulations
Fish with a registered guide, and you will not need to purchase a Florida saltwater fishing license of your own - this will be included in their own licensing. Seasonal limits and restrictions apply to a variety of fish species, including Snappers, Groupers, and Amberjacks. Check with your charter operator before your trip for up to date advice.
Types of Fishing
Experience fly fishing Florida Keys style, stalking the flats for Bonefish, permit, and Tarpon and perusing the backcountry in search of Snook and Redfish. Not a fan of fly rods? There’s a lot of fun to be had on light tackle spinning gear, too.
Head offshore to some of the most famous Islamorada fishing spots, such as the Islamorada Hump. Here, trolling, vertical jigging, and dropping bait can get some incredible hits. Look out for monster Amberjack, Sailfish, and Sharks, among many others.
Closer to home, check out the Conch Reef and Pickles Reef, where you can catch a variety of Snappers, Barracuda, and the occasional Blackfin Tuna. Bottom fishing, trolling, and Shark fishing on heavy tackle will all give you a great day out.
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