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There is no place in the world that matches the fishing in Islamorada. Situated between Florida Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Islamorada provides an unrivaled ...Read more..
There is no place in the world that matches the fishing in Islamorada. Situated between Florida Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Islamorada provides an unrivaled diversity of fishing opportunities.
Known as the Sport-Fishing Capital of the World, this is Florida's most legendary destination for backcountry sport fishing and saltwater fly fishing. Here you'll catch big redfish, hard fighting tarpon, bonefish, snook, trout and many other species.
10 miles from the Island, the Gulf Stream passes with plenty of pelagic fish to offer the best offshore experience: mahi mahi, wahoo, tuna, marlin and sailfish.
When planning a trip for sport fishing in Islamorada, you'll have to decide what species your after and which fishing technique you'll want to do. And the sport fishing options in Islamorada are endless!
Tarpons are commonly caught in the shallows around Islamorada. You can fish for them fly fishing, casting with light tackle or live bait fishing. Snooks are a common fish species in Islamorada. They're found near mangroves along the shoreline. Other exciting species are bonefish, permit and mangrove snapper.
Fishing over the reefs and wreck that surround Islamorada you can have a great time fishing for snapper, amberjack, grouper and cobia. Wreck fishing with cut bait can be done practically all year round.
The blue waters offshore in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico are home to pelagic fish such as wahoo, tuna and dorado. Winter time is great for Sailfish fishing whereas Marlin can be found in these waters during Summer.
The Amberjack species are a game fish that are found both in the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Jigging and live bait fishing are the best techniques to target these magnificent fighters. Greater Amberjack can weigh up to 170 lb (80 kg).
Famous for its runs, - which is why they're also called the torpedo of the flats - bonefish (Albula vulpes) are the fly fishing favorite. They inhabit inshore tropical waters in Florida, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Riviera Maya in Mexico, Belize, Venezuela and the Seychelles, for example. Bonefish can weigh up to 19 lb (8.6 kg) and measure up to 105 cm (41 in) long.
The cobia (Rachycentron canadum) is distributed in warm-temperate to tropical seas (Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean). It is easily recognized by its flattened head and its dark brown body. It feeds primarily on crabs, squid, and fish.
The cobia can grow to up to 2 m (78 in) long and weigh up to 78 kg (172 lb). Cobia is a good eating fish; it has a mild, sweet taste to it.
The king mackerel (Scomberomorus cavalla) or kingfish is a common fish species of the western Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. King Mackerel can grow to up to 40kg (90lb) and have razor sharp teeth.
The Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) is probably the most wanted fish in the sport fishing world. The magnificent fighter usually feeds during day time on fish, octopuses and squids. Blue Marlin is mainly caught trolling with artificial lures or with dead bait (bonito, mackerel...).
In the springtime, from March to June, tarpon fishing is popular in the back country. Tarpon typically move into these waters as they migrate northward as temperatures rise. Towards April the first Bonefish are caught. Permit fishing is excellent and offshore there's mahi mahi.
Summer conditions are hot and humid. Fish for tarpon, bonefish and permit in the flats. Offshore there's Marlin, wahoo, dorado and Swordfish (deep dropping).
As autumn arrives, the tarpon moves back southward toward warmer waters. The weather cools and hurricanes are possible. But this fishing is great in fall here: mutton snapper, yellowtail snappers, groupers, permit... Many fish species gather around rigs and wrecks.
Winter is the good time to catch reef fish near Islamorada, including amberjacks and grouper. But you have to avoid windy conditions with unstable seas. Offshore is great for blackfin tuna and Sailfish. Backcountry fishing is another good option to find calmer waters.
Apart from fishing in Islamorada, there's a ton of other fun things to do in the Keys. Visit the the History of Diving Museum. Go to the Whale Harbor Restaurant and Seafood Buffet. Go to the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge or the Florida Keys Turtle Hospital is located on Overseas Highway in Marathon. You can also visit the Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park. Go to one of the two craft breweries in the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District.
Although anglers need a fishing license for their Islamorada fishing trips, licenses are covered if you go fishing with a licensed fishing charter.
The State of Florida gives residents, tourists and seasoned anglers a variety of fishing licenses to choose from, ranging from short-term to annual ones.
You can get a Florida fishing license through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission website. You can also buy one from authorized resellers or at local tackle shop in Islamorada.
No saltwater Florida fishing license is required if you are a non-resident who fishes from a vessel whose operator has a fishing license. This means that if you go fishing with a fishing charter in Islamorada, no fishing license is required.
In order to protect the local fish stocks, the State of Florida has strict rules on bag limits. For each species there are minimum sizes and daily recreation bag limits. Check the rules before you drop a line in the water in Islamorada.