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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.

Top Islamorada Fishing Spots

  1. 409 Hump
    7/16/2012 6:24:45 PM - 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. Cowpens Cut
    7/3/2013 4:46:13 PM - Cowpens Cut is a cut that connects Key Largo to Islamorada. 

  3. John Sawyer Bank
    2/4/2016 1:50:53 AM - John Sawyer Bank

  4. Grassy Key Bank
    12/2/2016 10:05:18 AM - Grassy Key Bank

  5. Key Largo Hump
    11/8/2017 8:50:41 PM - Key Largo Hump

  6. Bamboo Banks
    12/2/2016 10:00:34 AM - Bamboo Banks

  7. Islamorada Ledge
    12/30/2016 2:19:26 AM - Good deep water ledge.

  8. 408 Hump
    2/16/2017 2:16:26 PM - 408 Hump is inshore of the 409

  9. SS Benwood Wreck
    12/30/2012 1:33:45 AM - The Norwegian merchant freighter Benwood (360'x51') . The Benwood came to rest stern-to on a sandy slope in approximately 25 feet (7.6 m) to 45 feet (14 m) of water

  10. American Shoal
    2/24/2016 12:46:22 PM -

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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 13.43% catch rate for Yellowtail Snapper, based on 2669 Yellowtail Snapper counted.

    Islamorada Yellowtail Snapper Counts Chart


  3. Scaled Sardine

  4. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 9.3% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 1849 Scaled Sardine counted.

    Islamorada Scaled Sardine Counts Chart


  5. Spotted Seatrout

  6. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 8.33% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 1655 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Islamorada Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart


  7. King Mackerel

  8. King Mackerel

    There is a 7.72% catch rate for King Mackerel, based on 1534 King Mackerel counted.

    Islamorada King Mackerel Counts Chart


  9. Gray Snapper

  10. Gray Snapper

    There is a 7.35% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 1461 Gray Snapper counted.

    Islamorada Gray Snapper Counts Chart


  11. Ballyhoo

  12. Ballyhoo

    There is a 6.75% catch rate for Ballyhoo, based on 1342 Ballyhoo counted.

    Islamorada Ballyhoo Counts Chart


  13. Mahi-mahi

  14. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 6.05% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 1202 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Islamorada Mahi-mahi Counts Chart


  15. Round Scad

  16. Round Scad

    There is a 5.2% catch rate for Round Scad, based on 1034 Round Scad counted.

    Islamorada Round Scad Counts Chart


  17. Spanish Mackerel

  18. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 4.18% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 831 Spanish Mackerel counted.

    Islamorada Spanish Mackerel Counts Chart


  19. Blackfin Tuna

  20. Blackfin Tuna

    There is a 3.5% catch rate for Blackfin Tuna, based on 695 Blackfin Tuna counted.

    Islamorada Blackfin Tuna Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 100 species of fish and 19874 fish counted for February around Islamorada.

To date, there are 161 species of fish and a total of 726039 fish counted for Islamorada and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1925 (98 years).

Last Update: 2/8/2023 1:20:50 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.

View full Islamorada Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Islamorada Fishing Reports

  • Early February ‘dock walk’ fishing report with Barry!
    2/2/2023 9:16:29 PM -   The post Early February ‘dock walk’ fishing report with Barry! appeared first on Bud n' Mary's Islamorada Fishing Marina.

  • Great windy day fun!
    1/26/2023 3:36:19 PM - Mangrove Snapper fine table fare!

  • Tripletail Tagging & Research with Gulf Coast Marine Scientists & Commission
    1/24/2023 9:48:19 PM - The post Tripletail Tagging & Research with Gulf Coast Marine Scientists & Commission appeared first on Bud n' Mary's Islamorada Fishing Marina.

  • Awesome Reef Bite!
    1/24/2023 1:33:31 PM - Andre with a fish of a lifetime…African Pompano

  • Sword Fishin’ on the Broad Minded
    1/21/2023 5:39:29 PM - Barry gets out on the Broad Minded with Capt. Nick Stanczyk for a day of sword fishin’! The post Sword Fishin’ on the Broad Minded appeared first on Bud n' Mary's Islamorada

  • Winter Time in the Florida Keys
    1/17/2023 9:56:53 AM - Well it’s winter time in the Florida Keys. People are flooding to our little islands to enjoy fun in the sun. Fishing is always a great activity this time of year we have a f

  • Jan. 3
    1/4/2023 6:45:00 AM - Great day catching #snapper with this crew!! #fearless #fearlessfishing #islamoradafishing

  • Jan. 2
    1/3/2023 7:07:00 AM - Some #snapper and #tuna on the #fearless #fearlessfishing #conch27

  • Dec. 30
    12/31/2022 6:48:23 AM - Some almaco jacks and an amber jack … Let a few go as well #fearless #fearlessfishing #conch27

  • Dec. 28
    12/28/2022 7:01:02 AM - Here we go! Back at it! #conch27 #fearless #fearlessfishing

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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!

  6. 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

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

  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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Latest Fishing Spots

Queen Snapper 048

Cubera Snapper 9653

Cubera Snapper 8595

Cubera Snapper 10996

Graysby 9964

Graysby 9839

Graysby 9836

Graysby 9835

Graysby 9824

Graysby 9816

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Bouy Conditions

Station PKYF1 - Peterson Key, FL
February 9, 2023 12:00 am EST
Location: 24.918N 80.747W
Water Temperature: 74.5°F (23.6°C)
Tide: -0.32 ft

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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