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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Michael Brinkman
Brandon, FL
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Went fishing with Dauntless Fishing Charters on April 9, 2018
One piece of advice: if you're coming out for the first time to go back country sport fishing for shark, barracuda, tarpon, etc, it's probably best to just have two people per boat because you can really only have 1 person working on landing a fish at a time as you often have to go all around the boat and may fight for an hour or two depending on the fish. So past two people, everyone else will probably be bored. If you're going with 3 or 4 people who all want to fish, plan on fishing for smaller fish like trout, snapper, pompano, jacks, etc as every can fish at the same time and when you get into them and everyone's catching it's a ton of fun.

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Billy Hunt
Atlanta, GA
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Went fishing with Ivory Keys Charters on June 28, 2018
Ivory Key Charters is definitely the way to go! Fished the back country with Gary and we were more than impressed with his knowledge. What an amazing boat we were on! Check out the June 2018 issue of Florida Sportsman to see it’s history!

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John Gausz
Fort Walton Beach, FL
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Went fishing with Dauntless Fishing Charters on April 23, 2018
Look up Capt Mark Gibson ------- knows how to get you on the fish - Wish we were more prepared to take picture but catching so many fish we both were busy. You can see the grouper going after the jack. Wish I had the picture when it came up to swallow it.

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Pauline Brault
Hampton, VA
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Went fishing with Miss Jane Fishing Charters Islamorada on April 25, 2018
Be specific about what you want to do before you go out because the captain will be able to accommodate you. For example- trolling may turn up nothing but an never ending boat ride -which happened to me when another boat did nothing but trolling and nothing of the reef and wreck fishing they had advertised as part of the trip

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Deborah Kalman
Hinsdale, IL
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Went fishing with Bamboo Charters Ocean Quest on April 12, 2018
Good weather. Not too hot yet. Ocean could have been calmer but not too bad. Suggest mixing it up....do some backcountry fishing, reef and offshore (didn't get a chance to on this trip). Each day is different!

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Mark Meye
Parker, CO
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Went fishing with Bamboo Charters 2 on April 5, 2018
Just go with Matt Bellinger for your "bucket list" fishing experience! This guy not only knows how to fish, he is a larger than life character with a priceless sense of humor and stories that never end. Also a very kind and patient man who truly understands the value of his customers.

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Ron Moore
Parrish, Florida
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Went fishing with Eric Scoble Blackwater Charters on February 6, 2018
The effects of the hurricane can still be felt in the area and especially with the fishing. Remember that a bad day fishing is always better than a good day working or doing most anything else. Our captain worked his tail off to make sure we had a good time and had the best opportunity to catch fish. Great time.

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Adnauer Amorim
Evanston, Illinois
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Went fishing with Bamboo Charters 2 on November 24, 2017
Take a light sweater, it may be a little cold in the morning. Book the restaurant with anticipation, as the few good ones have up to one-hour waiting list. It's a great place. Take some time go around and explore this lovely place.

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Gary Hartge
Gainesville, Florida
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Went fishing with Eric Scoble Blackwater Charters on September 2, 2017
Watch the weather and be sure to have large hats, sunscreen, and long sleeve fishing apparel. Lots of water and if it is going to be sunny, plan a half day trip if heat is an issue. You can always do two half days.

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Alexander Schmieder
Marathon, Florida
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Went fishing with Bamboo Charters 1 on April 1, 2017
Before you go, you should inform yourselve about the fish, which have been caught in the last days. For that, maybe you should talk to several charterboat captains and see if the fish you want to catch are around in good numbers.

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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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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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Karen Allen
Jacksonville, Vermont
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Went fishing with Kekoa Charters on January 22, 2019
Can be tough time of year for fishing out front, Atlantic side, because of weather. It was 20+ winds the whole week we were there. Still squeezed in a half day trip.

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