What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Islamorada, Florida for the first time?

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Steven Martin
Miami, FL
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Went fishing with Fishin Mission Offshore Charters on April 16, 2019
I would suggest to plan for multiple days in order that you can cancel due to weather. Local fisherman of leisure will not go out if there are any whitecaps. Whitecaps generally equate to 5' seas in my experience, and fishing can be miserable. There should be some standard in which the fisherman has ability to cancel without being damaged. Captains need to make money, so leaving decision in his hands is not objective decision.

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J.d. Madden
Morgan Hill, CA
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Went fishing with Tekéze Charters on June 12, 2019
The fishing in Islamorada in June is great in the backcountry and average for Tarpon. The Tarpon bite is mostly for local resident tarpon with the migrating tarpon already being done. Overall an amazing fishery. The shrimp availability was low which definitely impacts the guides.

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David Hackford
Ballard, UT
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Went fishing with Eric Scoble Blackwater Charters on May 20, 2019
Islamorada is expensive. Tarpon fishing is hours of boredom followed by unbelievable excitement if you are lucky enough to hook one up. Listen closely to your captain. This type of fishing is different than any I've done before, and I've been fishing for 60 years. I most certainly want to try again.

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John Apgar
Beach Haven, NJ
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Went fishing with Solutions Sportfishing – 36' on November 20, 2018
Fishing in Islamorada was terrific. Plenty of areas to target. There is a great patch reef area for fishing with the smaller children. Grouper, snapper. Action was cool and within sight of the beach. Capt Paul was terrific.

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Dawn Lautner
Miami, FL
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Went fishing with Kekoa Charters on July 10, 2020
Don’t forget your sunscreen before you go & always remember to be prepared for anything....it’s called “Fishing”

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Terry Mahoney
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Went fishing with Florida Backcountry Fishing on November 7, 2019
Do your homework. Don't settle for the cheaper price. Those boats are cheap for a reason. Found that out the hard way back in February this year.

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David Baumgardner
United States
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Went fishing with Florida Backcountry Fishing on June 15, 2020
Take a guide, you can't get to the places without knowledge of these waters. Be smart

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Kenneth Walls
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Went fishing with Dauntless Fishing Charters on July 25, 2019
Wear long sleeves in a breathable shirt and polarized sunglasses for those that haven't been out on the water. The sun will get you and it reflects of the water pretty heavily.

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Jessica Sherman
San Juan
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Went fishing with Florida Backcountry Fishing on July 27, 2019
This was my first time fishing so I don’t know - but I had a great time and we caught lots of fish

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Kelly Register
Wilmington, Delaware
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Went fishing with Singing Reel Charters on July 2, 2019
Call Captain Tony with Singing Reels. That way you won't wonder if you are taking a chance or not. He is the best!

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Frank Cunningham
VLG O THE HLS, TX
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Went fishing with Tekéze Charters on June 20, 2019
For novice fishers be prepared for the sun (hat, buff, long sleeved shirt, pants and sunscreen). Research your fish for the right bait/lures and setup. Drink plenty of water.

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Jennifer Lacy
Orlando, Florida
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Went fishing with Dauntless Fishing Charters on June 1, 2019
Call Captain Mark at Dauntless Charters and dress appropriately. The Florida sun can be brutal. Sunscreen, UV clothing, and head covering is a must.

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Andrew Lowd
Milton, Florida
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Went fishing with Solutions Sportfishing – 36' on March 30, 2018
Be open minded when fishing and listen to the locals. They know what’s in season and can be very helpful.

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Rebekah Sparks
Orange Park, Florida
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Went fishing with Kekoa Charters on May 22, 2019
Don’t wear flip flops, wear shoes with grip as the waves can toss you around a bit and stability is a must when reeling in the big ones!

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Tom Sinelli
Naples, Florida
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Went fishing with Solutions Sportfishing – 36' on May 15, 2019
Great place to visit with family or friends. Recommend Marker 88 and Lazy Days restaurants. Theater of the Sea is not to be missed.

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Oran Farinholt
Ark, VA
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Went fishing with Fish Dauntless on April 10, 2019
Enjoy life and friends. Great place to Vac. Came for a week this time. Will have to stay three or four weeks next year.

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Jeremy Halford
Hudson, OH
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Went fishing with 3rd Alarm Fishing - One Love on March 24, 2019
Find a good charter to start your trip and they will teach you all you need to know about the area to get ready for fishing on your own for the rest of the trip

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Scott Stockstill
MAGNOLIA SQUARE, FL
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Went fishing with Sea-Ya Sportfishing Charters on March 22, 2019
Be prepared for anything. Weather is a factor when going offshore. There are always options when the weather is inclimate.

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Pete Mackey
Tampa, FL
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Went fishing with Katz Charters on March 21, 2019
Weather was a problem cold and windy captain did a great job considering the conditions we did catch fish

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Tom Moody
South Charleston, WV
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Went fishing with Dee Cee on February 14, 2019
Book with Dee Dee. Capt. Chuck Shimmelman is very accommodating and found fish when they were hard to find. Justin is the best 1st mate I've fished with.

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Thomas Vetterl
Thorofare, NJ
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Went fishing with Bamboo Charters 2 on February 7, 2019
Relax and have fun. Captains know the waters and put you on the fish. Wonderful for experienced to novice.Highly recommended.

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Michael Hamilton
Brodhead, Kentucky
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Went fishing with Singing Reel Charters on June 26, 2019
Not sure. I thought I did my homework on species and boats recommended but still pay off.

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Robert Thompson
Braselton, GA
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Went fishing with Singing Reel Charters on May 2, 2019
Keep the group on the boat smallish, around 4, and everyone will get a great day of fishing.

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Curtis Kelly
Los Angeles, California
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Went fishing with Bamboo Charters 2 on April 6, 2019
Captian Keith was awesome... I asked for Tarpon and I hooked up on a 140+ lb... fish-on.

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Stephanie Simmons
Orlando, Florida
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Went fishing with Tekéze Charters on March 23, 2019
Fabulous fishing in shore - March is hit or miss for Tarpon as there can be cold fronts.

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Peter Irish
Dover, TN
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Went fishing with Dee Cee on March 21, 2019
Probably the boat that I booked! I’m sure someone else would have done better