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

  7. 408 Hump
    2/16/2017 2:16:26 PM - 408 Hump is inshore of the 409

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

  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 Prediction

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. Mahi-mahi

  2. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 52.75% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 12264 Mahi-mahi counted.

  3. Yellowtail Snapper

  4. Yellowtail Snapper

    There is a 8.99% catch rate for Yellowtail Snapper, based on 2090 Yellowtail Snapper counted.

  5. Gray Snapper

  6. Gray Snapper

    There is a 7.32% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 1701 Gray Snapper counted.

  7. Scaled Sardine

  8. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 5.48% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 1273 Scaled Sardine counted.

  9. White Grunt

  10. White Grunt

    There is a 4.16% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 967 White Grunt counted.

  11. Spotted Seatrout

  12. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 3.06% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 711 Spotted Seatrout counted.

  13. Blackfin Tuna

  14. Blackfin Tuna

    There is a 1.74% catch rate for Blackfin Tuna, based on 405 Blackfin Tuna counted.

  15. Ladyfish

  16. Ladyfish

    There is a 1.12% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 261 Ladyfish counted.

  17. Round Scad

  18. Round Scad

    There is a 1.06% catch rate for Round Scad, based on 246 Round Scad counted.

  19. Tarpon

  20. Tarpon

    There is a 0.88% catch rate for Tarpon, based on 204 Tarpon counted.

Recommedations above based on 94 species of fish and 23250 fish counted for May around Islamorada.

To date, there are 141 species of fish and a total of 381462 fish counted for Islamorada and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

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 1939..

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Latest Islamorada Fishing Reports

    5/18/2022 11:33:47 AM - Thursday June 23 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm Meet Capt. Rick Brie and Capt. Geoff Page at the Daiquiri Deck Stickney Point Location. Hang out with the crew from 6-8 pm and enjoy

  • May 6
    5/7/2022 8:29:00 AM - Some #mahi on the #fearless! #fearlessfishing

  • May 5
    5/6/2022 1:42:00 PM - #amberjack and some #yellowtail #snapper on the #fearless #fearlessfishing

  • April 30
    5/1/2022 8:02:00 AM - #mahi and #tuna caught on the #fearless

  • April 29
    5/1/2022 7:54:00 AM - Great day the other day #tuna #mahi #snapper on #fearlessfishing #fearless

  • April 19
    4/20/2022 7:48:00 AM - Some #tuna on the #fearless

    4/18/2022 12:57:17 PM - Friday April 22 2022 - 10:00am to 6:00pm Saturday April 23 2022 - 10:00am to 6:00pm Meet Capt. Rick Murphy and Dave Ferrell at the Fishbites Trading Post for a day of seminar

  • April 16
    4/17/2022 7:50:00 AM - Some snapper and tuna

  • April 9
    4/10/2022 6:11:00 PM - Another great day of fishing in the #fearless!!

  • AprIl 9
    4/10/2022 7:52:00 AM - Nice catch the other day on the #fearless

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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. 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

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

  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. 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!

  7. 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!

  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. 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

  10. 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!

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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


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Buoy Conditions

Station PKYF1 - Peterson Key, FL
May 25, 2022 2:00 pm EDT
Location: 24.918N 80.747W
Water Temperature: 85.1°F (29.5°C)
Tide: -0.79 ft

Current Moon Phase

Waning Crescent Moon

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