Top Types of Islamorada, Florida Fishing Trips
Captain Conan and Alyssa were excellent. Here is a picture of me, Captain Conan and the giant Jack we caught (we used a blackfin tuna we caught earlier in the charter). He is clearly an experienced captain with an ability to put clients on fish.
Danny F. with Conan Y. of Islamorada, Florida
Great trip The captain was awesome and very accommodating. We will definitely return.
Paul C. with Don R. of Islamorada, Florida
BEST EXPERIENCE & EATS We booked our offshore fishing charter last-minute (the day before we left), it ended up being the best part of our trip. We can’t wait to come back! Captain Conan contacted us the evening prior to discuss a game plan and let us know exactly what we needed for preparation. Being our first offshore fishing adventure and having two kids, this was much appreciated. The waters were predicted to be somewhat rough with a wind presence. Conan emphasized maintaining safety as his priority despite the conditions. I can say we all felt safe for the duration of our trip. Capt. Conan and his First Mate, Alyssa, met us at the docks and helped the kids onto the boat. ‘Just One More’ was ready to go: cooler was filled with ice for our food/ drinks; bluetooth hookup to speakers for necessary offshore soundtracks; bean bags available on deck for kids to chill in. As we headed offshore, Alyssa pointed out the dolphins, sea turtles and jelly fish we saw along the way. Our offshore targets were dynamic, ranging from sailfish to permit; barracudas to snapper and barjack. We were able to hook many large fish, including barracuda (catch & release) plus a yellow barjack and many yellowtail snapper, which we were able to keep for eating. Conan processed our catch upon return to the dock, and also recommended a local restaurant to prepare our fish/ his go-to menu selections, which ended up being our best meal of the trip. The ‘Just One More’ is a safe, clean, comfortable and spacious boat. Captain Conan proved to be just as passionate as he is knowledgeable when it comes to offshore fishing. Rather than simply looking to make a dollar, he cares to really create an experience for his customers. Conan was able appeal to both the kids and the provide thrill for the adults on our trip.
Beth P. with Conan Y. of Islamorada, Florida
I wish I could give Captain Mark more than 5 stars! My two sons and I caught a ton of fish -- mackerel, snapper, trout, bluefish and more. Captain Mark knew the area, took us right where we needed to be and made sure we were set up for success. We wanted enough for a dinner, and we needed to buy a cooler to bring it all home. Captain Mark is a class act, we'll definately be back again, and will refer to friends who visit the Keys.
Tom A. with Mark G. of Islamorada, Florida
Eric was concerned about us going out because of high winds but we were here for a special occasion so his partner Dylan persevered and took us out in a bigger boat. The conditions were indeed challenging but Dylan worked extremely hard to see that we had a good time. His love of the area and the nature around was obvious and we benefited from it. My wife caught fish for our lunch and a really nice grouper that we were unable to harvest due to seasonal restrictions. We had a lot of fish on and boated, had a great chat, saw beautiful nature and even had two birds, an osprey and cormorant, go after our baits. It was a wonderful adventure. We’re going out with Eric or his crew again tomorrow. It was an awesome morning! Highly recommend them.
Stewart B. with Eric S. of Islamorada, Florida
We had a great time. Through windy conditions we were still put on fish and enjoy the overall experience. We will be back.
Sean S. with Eric S. of Islamorada, Florida
Great Trip, we caught some good fish had some good stories and laughs. Would highly recommend a trip with Capt Don!
Nathan P. with Don R. of Islamorada, Florida
Captain Mike is the Bomb! With over 30 years of experience Captain Mike, who usually likes to bait fish around Islamorada, was more than willing to take us flyfishing, and even had an extra reel when ours got jammed. He showed us around some beautiful tarpon and permit flats and we got tons of good shots at giant tarpon and permit. Capt. Mike clearly does it all, and his experience is hard to rival down here in the keys.
David I. with Mike P. of Islamorada, Florida
Everything You Need to Know About Islamorada, Florida Fishing
Islamorada Fishing Charters
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....Read More
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.
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.
Bud N Mary's Marina
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.
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