Islamorada Reef Fishing Charters

Islamorada Reef Fishing Charters

Best Reef Fishing Charters in Islamorada

Islamorada: 193 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(184 reviews)
Islamorada
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trips from $375
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
Islamorada
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trips from $600
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(27 reviews)
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trips from $700
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(42 reviews)
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4.9 / 5
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Islamorada
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trips from $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(172 reviews)
Islamorada
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trips from $597
Excellent
4.6 / 5
(47 reviews)
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trips from $1,200
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(306 reviews)
Islamorada
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trips from $650

Reef Fishing in Islamorada

Spanning six islands in the middle of the Atlantic and the Gulf, Islamorada is ripe for fishing. Home to probably more professional fishing boats than anywhere else in the world, local Islamorada reef fishing charters will take you to the most productive spots in search of prized fish. Hit up the stunning, tropical reefs that span for miles and get your fish on!

What to Expect

The productive waters of the Florida Keys are famed all over the world, and Islamorada is no exception. As well as its wealth of inshore fishing grounds, the natural and artificial reefs provide exciting fishing year round. 
 
These spots are excellent feeding grounds for a range of bottom-dwelling fish that love the warm water. You can expect to bottom fish and jig to catch their attention and land something tasty to take back to shore. 
 
You’ll be fishing within minutes. While most Islamorada reef fishing charters offer trips of four, six, or eight hours on the water, some captains will take you out for two hours. These family-friendly trips are great for beginners and children to test the waters!
 
Closer to shore, you’ll go after some smaller-sized fish like Pompano or baby Snappers. Let your captain know that you’re a beginner and you could land your first catch here before heading further out. Go out to Pickles Reef and some of the wrecks that have become artificial reefs in their own right, and you’ll find a range of bigger fish. 
 
Monster Yellowtail, Mutton, and Vermillion Snapper rub shoulders with Black, Red, and Gag Groupers to compete for the prized catch. These delicious creatures will make for a well-deserved treat at the end of the day, which your captain will clean and fillet. 
 
You won’t only be hunting for food. Avid anglers will relish the chance to do battle with Amberjacks bigger than 100 pounds, along with Barracudas, Goliath Groupers, and many more. 

How to Prepare

Islamorada reef fishing charters come with all the necessary fishing gear aboard. You may find a livewell full of bait, or you can pick some up on your way out. Most captains will provide bottled water for you to stay hydrated, but bring your own drinks and snacks to stay refreshed.
 
Some captains may want you to let them know what kind of fishing you’d like to do. Get in touch and say that it’s reef fishing you’re after, and get ready for a fun-filled day out! 
Islamorada
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 27,693 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Reef Fishing in Islamorada

Plenty of sunscreen and be prepared to hunt for fish on the move. Offshore definitely preferable to bottom fishing this time of year.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plenty of sunscreen and be prepared to hunt for fish on the move. Offshore definitely preferable to bottom fishing this time of year.
Bocas  M.
Bocas M. Lake Monticello, VA
The islands are historically good for fishing. Water is beautiful and there are plenty of fish. Many choices of accommodations and restaurants. Very "laid back" beach town vibe. WE will definitely go back!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The islands are historically good for fishing. Water is beautiful and there are plenty of fish. Many choices of accommodations and restaurants. Very "laid back" beach town vibe. WE will definitely go back!
Randall  S.
Randall S. Estero, FL
Reef fishing for yellowtail and mangrove snapper is a great day on the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Reef fishing for yellowtail and mangrove snapper is a great day on the water.
Ian  R.
Ian R. Gibsonton, Florida
It's too hot during the day if you're not from here. It's especially hot this year over others.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's too hot during the day if you're not from here. It's especially hot this year over others.
Jennifer  H.
Jennifer H. Saint Marys, PA
Come to the Keys at the right time of the year- spring /early summer or fall- winter time, July - August the water gets to 90 degrees and above- not conducive to great fishing. But it’s still beautiful down here no matter the season.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come to the Keys at the right time of the year- spring /early summer or fall- winter time, July - August the water gets to 90 degrees and above- not conducive to great fishing. But it’s still beautiful down here no matter the season.
Peter  M.
Peter M. Cape Saint Claire, MD
Observe and take in the unique beauty of the area. We caught good fish, but also saw porpoise, sharks, stingrays, crocodiles, osprey, pelicans, shorebirds and an eagle. Awesome experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Observe and take in the unique beauty of the area. We caught good fish, but also saw porpoise, sharks, stingrays, crocodiles, osprey, pelicans, shorebirds and an eagle. Awesome experience.
Richard  L.
Richard L. Cape Coral, FL
Find the right charter for you and bring lots of water... Target Tuna, grouper, snapper and Mahi.. Lots of fun..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find the right charter for you and bring lots of water... Target Tuna, grouper, snapper and Mahi.. Lots of fun..
Paul  F.
Paul F. Rogers, AR
Enjoy the overall experience and remember it's Fishing not Catching. Getting a hot bite is not guaranteed but a bonus.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Enjoy the overall experience and remember it's Fishing not Catching. Getting a hot bite is not guaranteed but a bonus.
Craig  T.
Craig T. United States
Our charter with captain Trentin out of Bud n Mary’s marina was outstanding. Put us on great fish and was a pleasure to be with. Highly recommend.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Our charter with captain Trentin out of Bud n Mary’s marina was outstanding. Put us on great fish and was a pleasure to be with. Highly recommend.
Sean  M.
Sean M. Waxhaw, NC
It’s a beautiful place! Be flexible! Captain Joey was awesome!! You won’t go wrong with choosing him!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s a beautiful place! Be flexible! Captain Joey was awesome!! You won’t go wrong with choosing him!
Andy  D.
Andy D. Holly Springs, GA
Be patient, listen to your captain, the fish are big but the ocean is much bigger, not easy to always find fish that are always on the move! What worked yesterday might not work today, so don’t over expect!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patient, listen to your captain, the fish are big but the ocean is much bigger, not easy to always find fish that are always on the move! What worked yesterday might not work today, so don’t over expect!
Levi  F.
Levi F.
Research, google, and try more than one charter. Call the Captain and others. Be ready for rough seas. If you’re prone to seasickness, come prepared. But also be ready to have some fish to freeze.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Research, google, and try more than one charter. Call the Captain and others. Be ready for rough seas. If you’re prone to seasickness, come prepared. But also be ready to have some fish to freeze.
Richard  M.
Richard M.
If you are first ocean fishing go for yellow tail. If you want a great adventure fish for Mahi. If you want big fish go wreck fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are first ocean fishing go for yellow tail. If you want a great adventure fish for Mahi. If you want big fish go wreck fishing.
Dan  W.
Dan W. Hazelwood, MO
A cute marina just off of A1A. Leave early because Google Maps isn't too accurate and the parking is a little tight.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A cute marina just off of A1A. Leave early because Google Maps isn't too accurate and the parking is a little tight.
Emily  D.
Emily D. Melbourne, FL
Have fun and enjoy the experience. Sometimes you catch a lot of fish, sometimes you don’t, but it should be about having fun and being on the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have fun and enjoy the experience. Sometimes you catch a lot of fish, sometimes you don’t, but it should be about having fun and being on the water.
Jeffrey  L.
Jeffrey L. Brevard, NC
Come with a positive attitude, family or friends and have a great time.....bring sunscreen!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come with a positive attitude, family or friends and have a great time.....bring sunscreen!
Chris  M.
Chris M. Spirit Lake, ID
Take your catch to Lazy Days restaurant in Islamorada and they will cook your catch for you I recommend getting it prepared Lazy Days style.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take your catch to Lazy Days restaurant in Islamorada and they will cook your catch for you I recommend getting it prepared Lazy Days style.
George  R.
George R. St. Petersburg, Florida
Remember it is fishing and not "catching". No guarantees in the open water. Take your time and find the right guide service. Singing Reel with Captain Tony had great reviews and was recommended by Fishingbooker. They were a great choice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember it is fishing and not "catching". No guarantees in the open water. Take your time and find the right guide service. Singing Reel with Captain Tony had great reviews and was recommended by Fishingbooker. They were a great choice.
Tony  W.
Tony W. Vidor, TX
1/2 day trip to start. Depending on time of year, the sun can be pretty intense. UV protective clothing from top of head to feet. Chasing fish in Keys can be intense.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
1/2 day trip to start. Depending on time of year, the sun can be pretty intense. UV protective clothing from top of head to feet. Chasing fish in Keys can be intense.
Mark  V.
Mark V. Pembroke, NC
If going for dolphin (which I highly recommend), do so in late summer or early September.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
If going for dolphin (which I highly recommend), do so in late summer or early September.
David  L.
David L. Shulerville, SC

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