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Islamorada Fishing

Islamorada Fishing

Islamorada is known as the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. Two of the most famous Islamorada residents and anglers were Zane Grey and Ted Williams. Even though Ernest Hemingway lived in Key West, he would drive his boat Pilar to fish the better waters around Islamorada. Harry Truman also visited and fished often. With close proximity to the back country flats, coral reefs, and Gulf Stream, there is no wonder why this is a favorite fishing destination for many famous fishermen.

Fishing offshore of Islamorada will produce great catches of Barracuda, Blackfin Tuna, Kingfish, Mahi-mahi (dolphinfish), and Wahoo much of the year. During the Spring and Summer many Blue Marlin are caught, and during the Fall and Winter the Sailfish are plentiful. Fishing the deep waters for daytime Swordfish originated in Islamorada.

Bottom fishing the many reefs and bridges around Islamorada with offer Amberjack (aka Reef Donkeys), Jack Crevalle, Sheepshead, and many species of Snapper and Grouper. Fishing the shallow water flats in the back country can be exciting with catches of huge Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Permit, and Bonefish.

Islamorada Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Islamorada, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Yellowtail Snapper

  2. Yellowtail Snapper

    There is a 18.48% catch rate for Yellowtail Snapper, based on 3464 Yellowtail Snapper counted.

    Islamorada Yellowtail Snapper Counts Chart


  3. Ballyhoo

  4. Ballyhoo

    There is a 13.44% catch rate for Ballyhoo, based on 2520 Ballyhoo counted.

    Islamorada Ballyhoo Counts Chart


  5. Gray Snapper

  6. Gray Snapper

    There is a 8.68% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 1627 Gray Snapper counted.

    Islamorada Gray Snapper Counts Chart


  7. Mahi-mahi

  8. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 5.63% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 1056 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Islamorada Mahi-mahi Counts Chart


  9. Blue Runner

  10. Blue Runner

    There is a 4.91% catch rate for Blue Runner, based on 920 Blue Runner counted.

    Islamorada Blue Runner Counts Chart


  11. King Mackerel

  12. King Mackerel

    There is a 4.57% catch rate for King Mackerel, based on 857 King Mackerel counted.

    Islamorada King Mackerel Counts Chart


  13. Crevalle Jack

  14. Crevalle Jack

    There is a 4.1% catch rate for Crevalle Jack, based on 768 Crevalle Jack counted.

    Islamorada Crevalle Jack Counts Chart


  15. Scaled Sardine

  16. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 3.88% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 728 Scaled Sardine counted.

    Islamorada Scaled Sardine Counts Chart


  17. Round Scad

  18. Round Scad

    There is a 3.46% catch rate for Round Scad, based on 648 Round Scad counted.

    Islamorada Round Scad Counts Chart


  19. Blackfin Tuna

  20. Blackfin Tuna

    There is a 3.4% catch rate for Blackfin Tuna, based on 638 Blackfin Tuna counted.

    Islamorada Blackfin Tuna Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 103 species of fish and 18747 fish counted for November around Islamorada.

To date, there are 183 species of fish and a total of 781998 fish counted for Islamorada and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 6/15/1905 (118 years).

Last Update: 11/24/2023 2:27:17 AM

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Top Islamorada Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Islamorada are the following:

  1. 409 Hump
    This 409 Hump is a large seamount that rises within 409 feet of the surface. It is a good place for bottom fish/deep drop, drifting/live baiting, trolling, and vertical jigg

  2. John Sawyer Bank
    John Sawyer Bank

  3. Grassy Key Bank
    Grassy Key Bank

  4. 408 Hump
    408 Hump is inshore of the 409

  5. Bamboo Banks
    Bamboo Banks

  6. Islamorada Ledge
    Good deep water ledge.

  7. American Shoal

  8. wreck-2097

  9. Islamorada Hump
    The Islamorada Hump is probably the most well known fishing spot in the Florida Keys. The hump or seamount is in Gulf Stream near Continental Shelf offshore of Monroe County

  10. Rachel Bank
    Rachel Bank

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Top Islamorada Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Tackle Center of Islamorada
    We are the premier tackle center in the Florida Keys, located in the heart of Islamorada at mile marker 81.9 in front of the Lorelei Restaurant & Bar. Count on us for all your tackle and bait, from grunts to granders.

  2. Key Largo Rods
    Key Largo Rods. Your place for custom rods. ... Born and raised in Miami, Rick Berry is a second-generation rod builder who held his first rod as a toddler.

  3. World Wide Sportsman
    This is the largest Bait & Tackle store in the area with over 27,000 sq feet of space. Started in 1967, the store expanded to its new location in 1997. It is now owned by Bass Pro Shops and is located at MM 81.5.

  4. Florida Keys Outfitters

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Top Islamorada Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Fearless Fishing Charters
    Offshore fishing in Islamorada, Florida Keys at it's BEST! We are able to offer action-packed Offshore and Reef/Wreck trips for comparatively less than the big boats.

  2. Captain Joe Petrucco
    Sportfishing in Islamorada, Fl. The Fishing Capital Of The World! Center Console. Tavernier Creek Marina Fishing Guide

  3. Quit Yer Bitchin'
    Depending on when you plan your trip to the Florida Keys we have some of the best offshore fishing in the world with Sailfish, Swordfish, Tuna, Wahoo and Dolphin are only a few of the Pelagic fish we have. The Florida Keys also has a Coral Reef that

  4. Skins and Fins Fishing Charters and Guides
    Florida keys, Islamorada fishing charter guide. fishing the the florida keys, islamorada, key largo for tarpon, bonefish, sharks, snook, redfish, trout.

  5. Sea Horse Charters
    If you want to have fun and catch fish like mahi-mahi, swordfish, sailfish, marlin, tuna, yellowtail snapper, wahoo, amberjack, kingfish, sharks, and other sport fish, Call Captain Rick!

    "DIRTY BOAT" is a charter boat docked at Robbie's Marina in Islamorada, the sportfishing capital of the world!

  7. A Fishing Guide - Capt. Steve Friedman
    Tarpon, Bonefish, Redfish, Snook and Permit on fly and spin tackle First-timers, families, couples and seasoned anglers are all welcome aboard my boat, to experience the raw beauty that is Florida Bay, Biscayne Bay and Everglades National Park. Ba

  8. Gold Reserve Charters
    The waters offshore of Islamorada offer the opportunity to catch sailfish, king mackerel, tuna, dolphin (a.k.a. mahi-mahi or dorado), wahoo, grouper, snapper, amberjack, swordfish, marlin, cobia, sharks and my other species of fish. We offer full day

  9. Good Karma Sportfishing
    Good Karma Sportfishing specializes in offering Key Largo customized Fishing Charters-Offshore, Reef and Wreck fishing. We are the only 24ft fishing charter boat in the Florida Keys that is Seakeeper Stabilized!

  10. First Choice Charters
    The only FL Keys fishing charter boat the other charter captains say is too nice to be used for charters! We offer full day, three quarter day, and half day fishing charters, in a relaxed, professional, fun-filled family atmosphere! My name is Captai

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Top Islamorada Marinas

  1. Bud N' Mary's
    Bud N' Mary's is home to over 40 of the finest Florida Keys Fishing offshore captains and backcountry guides to be found anywhere in the world. Many grew up right here in Islamorada, some were even Fishing Key West when they were youngsters!

  2. Robbie's of Islamorada
    Whether your passion leads you kayaking the mangrove creeks and streams of the Bay; hand feeding the majestic silver king from the dock; battling deep sea fish a la Ernest Hemingway; captaining your own boat around the islands; island hopping with a

  3. Whale Harbor Marina
    The crisp air of the sea along with sun-kissed blue skies and perfect sailing weather; it’s the ideal fishing trip, and what you’ll find at Whale Harbor Marina, the home of the best fishing charters Islamorada has to offer. Our Gulf Stream location p

  4. World Wide Sportsman
    This is the largest Bait & Tackle store in the area with over 27,000 sq feet of space. Started in 1967, the store expanded to its new location in 1997. It is now owned by Bass Pro Shops and is located at MM 81.5.

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Bouy Conditions

Station PKYF1 - Peterson Key, FL
November 30, 2023 8:00 am EST
Location: 24.918N 80.747W
Water Temperature: 72.3°F (22.4°C)
Tide: -0.23 ft

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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