Top fishing trips in Islamorada, FL
Everything to Know About Booking a fishing charter in Islamorada
What are the best fishing charters in Islamorada?
Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 46 trips in Islamorada, and the most popular trips in the area are Half or Full Day Offshore - 32' Sea Vee guided by Conan, Full Day or Half Day Trip - 28' Proline guided by Don, and Flats and Back Country guided by Eric.
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What types of fishing charters are common in Islamorada?
Inshore fishing is the most popular in Islamorada as well as offshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and flats fishing.
The most commonly sought after species in Islamorada are: 1. tarpon, 2. mahi mahi / dorado, 3. permit, 4. spanish mackerel, and 5. cobia.
The most common fishing techniques in Islamorada are live bait fishing, heavy tackle fishing, and light tackle fishing but bottom fishing and artificial lure fishing are popular as well.
How much do Islamorada fishing charters cost?
in Islamorada prices can range anywhere from $300 to $2,695, but the average price for a half day in Islamorada is $754. The average price for a full day in Islamorada is $1,156.
When is the best time to go fishing in Islamorada?
The most popular season for fishing in Islamorada is spring, and most anglers book their trips 32 days in advance.
Where can I get a Islamorada fishing license and what are the bag limits in Islamorada?
See here for more information on fishing licenses in Islamorada, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Islamorada. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Islamorada.
Islamorada Fishing Charter Overview
If you want to catch it, Islamorada has it. Located a third of the way down the Florida Keys, the 20 mile long island is in the perfect spot for fishing of all kinds. The shallow flats and backcountry bays have inspired legendary stories for generations. The offshore waters just a short boat ride away hold fish year round. Fishing in Islamorada is guaranteed to knock off bucket-list species, often times in the same trip.
Islamorada has a fleet of modern charter boats ready to take you to the prime fishing grounds. Whether you're chasing a Florida Keys grand slam, or heading offshore for a 2 day billfish trip, our Damn Good Guides have the local knowledge needed to keep you on the fish.
Islamorada Inshore Fishing Charters
As far as inshore fishing is concerned, you'd be hard pressed to find a find a better destination. The little slice of inshore heaven situated between the tip of Florida and the island has some of the best backcountry fishing on the planet. Islands, sandbars and flats divide countless basins and bays.
The backcountry bite is on year round. The weather here rarely gets below 60 degrees, which means plenty of inshore gamefish spend their winters feeding in the warm waters. In addition to your classic inshore denizens like Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Snook, these waters hold bucket list species like few places on earth. Sight fishing for Bonefish and Permit in the flats is the experience of a lifetime, especially on the fly.
Islamorada is a major stop on the Tarpon migration down the east coast and around the gulf. They pretty much hang out here year round. You would be hard pressed to find a better place to catch The Silver King. From late February through early November, schools of Tarpon make the backcountry bays and basins their feeding grounds. While not ideal, they can still be caught in the winter months - just imagine what it's like when the water's warm.
Islamorada Fly Fishing
For the fly angler, it just doesn't get better than Islamorada. There's no question why fly anglers from all over the world flock here every year. With an army of world-class fly guides at the helm, catching that grand slam on the fly is within reach. While going after Bonefish, Permit, and Tarpon, there's always the option to go after a hard fighting Redfish or Snook just around the corner.
Islamorada Deep Sea Fishing Charters
The action doesn't stop when the water gets deeper. Nearshore, bountiful reefs hold Snapper and Grouper variants year round, with shots at exotics like African Pompano and Hogfish. Filling up the freezer with delicious fish fillets has never been easier.
Further offshore, flybridge sportfishers and center consoles troll, deep trop, and kite fish for everything under the sun. The deepwater swordfish fishing is excellent here, arguably the best in the world. Bluewater pelagics like Mahi-Mahi, Sailfish, Blue Marlin, and Wahoo are always biting on the longer offshore trips.
Other Things to do in Islamorada
Although we doubt it, you may eventually want to find something to besides fishing. It's rare to find such an incredible fishing destination that also has fun for the whole family. Apart from the fishing and white sand beaches, there are plenty of sites and attractions around the island. Visit a number of galleries to look at salt-inspired masterpieces. Stop by the farmer's market to pick up some accompaniments for your fresh catch. Take the kids to the History of Diving Museum, or head over to any number of local watering holes or seafood joints. And where would an Islamorada list be without the famous Bud N Mary's! Home to most of our guides in Islamorada, this famous marina will be your number one stop.
How are fishing conditions in Islamorada?
Islamorada Fishing Reports from Our Damn Good Guides.
Species in Islamorada
- African Pompano
- Black Drum
- Black Grouper
- Blackfin Tuna
- Blacktip Shark
- Blue Marlin
- Bonnethead Shark
- Bull Shark
- Cero Mackerel
- Florida Pompano
- Gag Grouper
- Goliath Grouper
- Jack Crevalle
- King Mackerel / Kingfish
- Lane Snapper
- Lemon Shark
- Mahi Mahi / Dorado
- Mangrove Snapper
- Mutton Snapper
- Peacock Bass
- Red Grouper
- Red Snapper
- Scamp Grouper
- Skipjack Tuna
- Spanish Mackerel
- Speckled Trout / Spotted Seatrout
- Vermillion Snapper
- White Marlin
- Yellowtail Snapper