Fishing in Islamorada
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 ...
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.
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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!
Flats Fishing in Islamorada
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.
Wreck & Reef Fishing in the Keys
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.
Top sport fishing species in Islamorada
FISHING SEASON IN Islamorada
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.
TOP FISHING TECHNIQUES IN Islamorada
TOURISM & OTHER ACTIVITIES
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.
LEGISLATION / REGULATIONS
Although anglers need a fishing license for their Islamorada fishing trips, licenses are covered if you go fishing with a licensed fishing charter.
Islamorada Fishing License
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.
Visitors can Fish Without a License 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.