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SALTWATER SAFARI REEF TRIP

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Best Day Ever Fishing In Islamorada

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37 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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Islamorada Fishing With Capt Pete

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44 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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trip description for Islamorada Offshore Experience in Islamorada

Join Captain Tony on this incredible offshore sportfishing trip here in Islamorada, Florida! Islamorada is known worldwide as a Mecca for sportfishing, and there's no better guide to the rich waters here than Captain Tony. On board his sleek and comfortable 32' SeaVee center console, you'll have a perfect opportunity to chase a variety of classic sportfish, including Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo towards the top of the water column, plus a bunch of Grouper and Snapper species that lurk down in the reefs and rocks. Whatever fish you want to go after or method you want to try, just let Captain Tony know, and he'll get you properly set up for success! He also has tons of expert pointers to improve your fish-fighting skills and put you in the best possible position to catch a new personal best. Captain Tony will also switch gears in order to give you a superior experience, whether that means switching to bottomfishing midway through, or letting out trolling lines, drift fishing, or otherwise. Captain Tony's 32' SeaVee is a beautiful boat, and sports twin 300-HP Yamaha engines and a Seakeeper system that prevents boat roll and seasickness! As a center console vessel, you'll be able to fish 360º around the boat, making it perfect for groups of up to six people. Plus, she features recently-updated electronics, side-scanning sonar, radar, multiple live wells, and an oversized box for your big fish. Captain Tony will provide all rods, reels and tackle. All you need to bring are good vibes and whatever you care to eat and drink. Enjoy your day out on the water! Read More

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Islamorada Offshore Experience

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32 ft 1 - 6 People $$
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trip description for Morning Half in Islamorada

4 Hour 1/2 day trip for up to 6 people departs at 0630. U will be going out on a spacious 44' Express Marlago Jefferson Yacht. Twin 450 HP 3208 Caterpillar engines. Vessel is equipped with all the electronics needed. GPS, Sonar, Radar, VHF and more. You will be using top of the line tackle, rods and reels, Vessel is equipped with fighting chair, 2 large live wells, Outriggers, Center rigger, Downrigger and many other specific tools that we use to target all the different species that roam these Florida Keys waters. Summertime we will generally fish on the reef for various Snappers such as Yellowtail, Mutton, Mangrove and some others. More than often we will take some time to troll and target Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna, Mahi and a few others when they are close enough to go after in the allotted time. Wintertime we again stay close to the reef but target species such as Sailfish, Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna King Mackerel, and again can target the many Snapper species that thrive here. All you need to bring is whatever you would like to eat and drink and we have everything else ready for you to come aboard and enjoy a great day and create some unforgettable memories Please remember to thank your mate with a 20% tip. Read More

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Morning Half

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44 ft 1 - 6 People $$
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trip description for Spear the Depths: Reef & Wreck in Islamorada

The reef and wreck spearfishing in Islamorada is some of the best in the Florida Keys! Our locations are endless, with spearfishing sites from Key Largo to Marathon, offering you an abundance of fish and countless new locations to explore. With changing seasons and fisheries, Islamorada provides a unique spearfishing experience any time of year! 
Shipwrecks and artificial structure creates the perfect habit for fish to live. Large groupers, jacks, snappers, mackerel, and a variety of other species can be found here at certain times of the year. These wrecks are found in a variety of depths, allowing access to all levels of freedivers. 
 The Florida Keys reef tract consists of shallow patch reefs and ledges that hold an abundance of marine life. Depths range from 15 feet to over 90 feet, offering quality spearfishing for all ages and experience levels. Got Lionfish? The Keys do... Lionfish are invasive in the Florida Keys and we need your help as a diver to eliminate them! Not only are Lionfish invasive, they also make a great dinner. If you're interested in protecting our reefs by hunting Lionfish, just mention it when you book. We have all the equipment, permits, and knowledge to safely remove them from our coral reefs. Read More

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Spear The Depths: Reef & Wreck

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32 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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trip description for Afternoon Half in Islamorada

4 Hour 1/2 day trip for up to 6 people departs at 1:00pm. U will be going out on a spacious 44' Express Marlago Jefferson Yacht. Twin 450 HP 3208 Caterpillar engines. Vessel is equipped with all the electronics needed. GPS, Sonar, Radar, VHF and more. You will be using top of the line tackle, rods and reels, Vessel is equipped with fighting chair, 2 large live wells, Outriggers, Center rigger, Downrigger and many other specific tools that we use to target all the different species that roam these Florida Keys waters. Summertime we will generally fish on the reef for various Snappers such as Yellowtail, Mutton, Mangrove and some others. More than often we will take some time to troll and target Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna, Mahi and a few others when they are close enough to go after in the allotted time. Wintertime we again stay close to the reef but target species such as Sailfish, Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna King Mackerel, and again can target the many Snapper species that thrive here. All you need to bring is whatever you would like to eat and drink and we have everything else ready for you to come aboard and enjoy a great day and create some unforgettable memories Please remember to thank your mate with a 20% tip. Read More

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Afternoon Half

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44 ft 1 - 6 People $$
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trip description for Islamorada Full Spectrum Trip in Islamorada

On this trip with Captain Sal, you'll cover the entire extent of Islamorada's fishing options, starting with some inshore fishing and progressing all the way out to offshore bluewater! With this much water to explore, you'll be able to chase a huge range of species, from Permit and Pompano to Grouper, Snapper, and Hogfish, all the way out to Mahi, Sailfish, and other pelagics! Captain Sal has years of experience chasing fish out here, so let him be your guide. He's full of helpful advice, and has tips to help you improve your bait presentation, hook set, and fish-fighting skills. If you're circling the humps, you'll be trolling a variety of baits and lures to hook up traveling predators in the middle of the weather column. On the reefs, you'll be dropping lines down over structure and drifting to attract bites from Snappers, Groupers, and reef species. You'll be aboard a beautiful 38' custom Jarrett Bay sportfisher, a purpose-built fishing vessel that matches speed with comfort. With twin 350-HP Mercury outboards on the back, and a full cabin, you'll be cool and comfortable as you get out to the fishing grounds. Get out there and have a blast! Read More

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Islamorada Full Spectrum Trip

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25 ft 1 - 4 People $$$
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trip description for Full Day Trip in Islamorada

8 Hour Full day trip for up to 6 people departs at 0630. U will be going out on a spacious 44' Express Marlago Jefferson Yacht. Twin 450 HP 3208 Caterpillar engines. Vessel is equipped with all the electronics needed. GPS, Sonar, Radar, VHF and more. You will be using top of the line tackle, rods and reels, Vessel is equipped with fighting chair, 2 large live wells, Outriggers, Center rigger, Downrigger and many other specific tools that we use to target all the different species that roam these Florida Keys waters. Summertime, generally stop to catch some live bait and then could be straight offshore to chase Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, Marlin, dropping for Jacks, Grouper, Tile fish, snappers etc. Additionally there is always the option to stop on the reef on the way out or the way back to catch some Snapper, most common Yellowtail or Mangrove. Wintertime, Again generally stop for some live bait and more than likely stay close to the reef to start out and target Sailfish, Blackfin Tuna, Mahi, Snapper, Bonita some others. All you need to bring is whatever you would like to eat and drink and we have everything else ready for you to come aboard and enjoy a great day and create some unforgettable memories Please remember to thank your mate with a 20% tip. Read More

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Full Day Trip

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44 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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Everything to Know About Booking an Islamorada black grouper fishing charter

What are the best black grouper fishing charters in Islamorada?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 30 black grouper trips in Islamorada, and the most popular trips in the area are Deep Water Adventure guided by Conan, SALTWATER SAFARI REEF TRIP guided by Eric, and BEST! Sport fishing Trips in Islamorada, Whale Harbor guided by Richard.

Our guides in Islamorada are rated a 4.84 out of 5 based on 2549 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Other popular cities nearby for booking a Black Grouper charter include Key Largo, Marathon and Tavernier.

Looking for kid friendly black grouper guides / fishing lessons in Islamorada? Check out our beginner and family friendly black grouper guides in Islamorada.

What types of black grouper fishing charters are common in Islamorada?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for black grouper in Islamorada as well as nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and jetty fishing.

The most common fishing techniques in Islamorada are bottom fishing, live bait fishing, and trolling but light tackle fishing and heavy tackle fishing are popular as well.

How much do Islamorada black grouper fishing charters cost?

for black grouper in Islamorada prices can range anywhere from about $750 to $1,700, but the average price for a half day trip for black grouper in Islamorada is $890. The average price for a full day trip for black grouper in Islamorada is $1,370.

What month is best for black grouper fishing in Islamorada?

The most popular season for black grouper fishing in Islamorada is spring, and most anglers book their trips 36 days in advance.

Do I need a Islamorada fishing license for black grouper and what are the bag limits for black grouper in Islamorada?

You’re in luck! Our fishing tours in Islamorada don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. See here for more information on bag limits and fishing season regulations in Islamorada.

What is black grouper fishing in Islamorada all about?

Islamorada, known as the "Sportfishing Capital of the World," is home to a diverse marine ecosystem, including the prized black grouper. These majestic fish inhabit the deep reefs and wrecks off the coast, making them a prime target for anglers seeking a thrilling catch. With their distinctive black markings and powerful build, black grouper are not only a challenging opponent but also a delicious delicacy highly sought after in local restaurants. Their presence in the waters of Islamorada adds to the allure of this picturesque destination for fishing enthusiasts worldwide.

Anglers visiting Islamorada often target black grouper for their impressive size and fighting spirit. Reeling in one of these trophy fish requires skill, patience, and the right equipment. Whether fishing from a charter boat or casting from shore, enthusiasts have the opportunity to engage in exciting battles with these formidable creatures. Beyond the thrill of the catch, anglers also appreciate the sustainable management efforts in place to preserve black grouper populations, ensuring future generations can continue to enjoy the thrill of pursuing these magnificent fish in the waters of Islamorada.

For both seasoned anglers and novices alike, encountering a black grouper in the waters of Islamorada is a memorable experience. Beyond the thrill of the catch, it offers a deeper connection to the rich marine environment of the Florida Keys. Whether releasing a prized specimen back into the ocean or savoring its succulent flesh at a local restaurant, the presence of black grouper in Islamorada serves as a reminder of the importance of conservation efforts in preserving the natural beauty and biodiversity of this unique coastal paradise.

What are the most popular months to fish for black grouper in Islamorada?

In Islamorada, understanding the black grouper seasons is crucial for anglers looking to maximize their chances of a successful fishing trip. These seasons are regulated to ensure sustainable fishing practices and maintain healthy fish populations. Typically, black grouper are most abundant during the cooler months, with peak seasons extending from late fall through early spring. During this time, the waters around Islamorada teem with activity as black grouper migrate closer to shore, offering anglers ample opportunities to reel in these prized catches.

Spring and fall mark transitional periods for black grouper in Islamorada, with shifting water temperatures and migration patterns influencing their behavior. As temperatures warm up in the spring, black grouper may move to deeper waters or seek out cooler, more sheltered areas. Conversely, during the fall months, cooling temperatures prompt black grouper to migrate back toward shallower reefs and wrecks, where they can be targeted by eager anglers. Understanding these seasonal movements is key to strategizing successful fishing outings and increasing the likelihood of encountering black grouper in the waters off Islamorada.

While black grouper can be found year-round in the waters of Islamorada, knowing the seasonal variations in their behavior and habitat preferences can significantly improve fishing success. Local regulations and guidelines also play a crucial role in determining when and where anglers can target black grouper responsibly. By adhering to these regulations and staying informed about seasonal patterns, anglers can enjoy rewarding fishing experiences while contributing to the conservation of black grouper populations in the pristine waters of Islamorada.

What techniques are popular for catching black grouper in Islamorada?

In Islamorada, mastering effective fishing techniques is essential for anglers hoping to reel in the prized black grouper. One popular method employed by experienced fishermen is bottom fishing using live or cut bait. This technique involves anchoring near reefs or wrecks where black grouper are known to congregate and presenting bait close to the sea floor. Live bait such as pinfish or mullet, as well as cut bait like squid or ballyhoo, can entice black grouper to strike, providing an exhilarating battle for anglers as they work to land their catch.

Another successful technique for targeting black grouper in Islamorada is vertical jigging. This method involves dropping heavy jigs to the bottom and then quickly jerking them upward, mimicking the motion of wounded prey. Black grouper are opportunistic feeders and often strike at fast-moving targets, making vertical jigging an effective way to elicit bites. Anglers can experiment with different jigging motions and lure colors to find what works best in enticing these voracious predators to strike.

Trolling is also a favored technique for black grouper fishing in Islamorada, particularly when targeting larger specimens in deeper waters. Anglers troll along the edges of reefs or over known grouper hotspots, dragging diving plugs or large soft plastic lures at varying depths to attract strikes. This method allows anglers to cover a larger area while searching for actively feeding black grouper. By adjusting trolling speed, lure depth, and location, anglers can increase their chances of hooking into these prized fish and enjoying a memorable fishing adventure in the waters of Islamorada.

What other species are popular in Islamorada?

In addition to the coveted black grouper, Islamorada offers anglers a diverse array of species to target, ensuring there's always something exciting to catch. One notable species is the yellowtail snapper, prized for its delicious flesh and challenging fight. Anglers often target yellowtail snapper by drifting over shallow reefs and dropping small baits or jigs to entice these cunning fish. With their vibrant yellow tails and keen eyesight, yellowtail snapper provide a thrilling challenge for anglers of all skill levels.

Another popular species found in the waters of Islamorada is the mahi-mahi, also known as dolphin fish or dorado. These vibrant and acrobatic fish are a favorite among offshore anglers for their striking colors and impressive fighting ability. Mahi-mahi can be found in open waters, particularly around floating debris or weed lines where they hunt for prey. Trolling with brightly colored lures or live bait can attract the attention of these powerful fish, offering anglers an exhilarating battle and the chance to reel in a trophy-sized catch.

For those seeking a true test of strength and endurance, the mighty tarpon presents an irresistible challenge in the waters of Islamorada. Known for their acrobatic leaps and fierce runs, tarpon are a prized game fish revered by anglers worldwide. Islamorada's shallow flats and backcountry waters provide ideal habitat for targeting tarpon, especially during their annual migration along the Florida Keys. Anglers often use live bait or artificial lures to entice tarpon, and the thrill of hooking into one of these majestic fish is an experience that lingers long after the battle is won.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    I have been fishing the keys for 10 years but learned a ton fishing with Captain Troy and first mate James. We caught a 2 man limit of nice sized yellow tail in 1.5 h. Very friendly folks made for a great day ! Highly recommend!

    Thomas J. with Troy W. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a blast fishing with Captain Troy and his crew! They did everything possible to provide us an exciting adventure during our vacation. We caught a variety of fish and enjoyed grilling them up that evening. We highly recommend Captain Troy for your Florida Keys fishing adventure.

    Patrick G. with Troy W. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great time! Very nice guy, helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely go out again.

    Jeff C. with Daniel P. of Key Largo, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great time, knowledgeable and cool captain! Highly recommend!

    Gary G. with Jason C. of Key Largo, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Bill was outstanding. He found the fish for us and we caught yellow tail snappers, strawberry grouper, and blue bonnets. Will definitely use him again.

    Kathy S. with Bill G. of Marathon, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Very good trip. Well worth it. Slow start on the bite, but Capt was persistent on got us on some good fishing. Great guy, hope to do it again.

    David M. with Eric S. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Merry good trip. Well worth it. Slow start on the bite, but Capt was persistent on got us on some good fishing. Great guy, hope to do it again.

    David M. with Eric S. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Jason, he is a true professional. He laid us on plentiful fish. I highly recommend his services and will use him again next year!

    Gary P. with Jason C. of Key Largo, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Fishing trip was a lot of fun, Captain Dylan was a true gem. Captain was very informative on fish and fishing techniques, not to mention the number of different species he helped us catch. Captain was a lot of fun while still being very professional, would definitely charter with Dylan and Blackwater Fishing Charters again.

    Kevin O. with Eric S. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Jason was excellent. Throughout the trip, he was knowledgable, kind and ensured that we had a great time. He knew all about the species we caught, shared anecdotes from his previous trips and stories from his 15 years of fishing in the keys. We would highly recommend Jason as a guide and we’ll be sure to go out again with him the next time we’re back in the keys

    David P. with Jason C. of Key Largo, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Bill was awesome with our kids, and we caught a ton of fish, would definitely do this again.

    Mike S. with Bill G. of Marathon, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    An excellent day on the beautiful keys water. Started with overcast but the sun did come out as well as the fish. All three of us had a wonderful time thanks to Captain Pete and Christy. They were kind, helpful and great fun to be around. We would definitely come back and go with Captain Pete again! Thank you for a wonderful day!

    Kelly P. with Pete R. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time. I will definatly go again with capt. Pete next time I'm here

    Jason J. with Pete R. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Wow what a great time we had. Captain Scott was awesome caught some fish, great conversation as well would recommend to anybody.

    Nickolas T. with Scott G. of Tavernier, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Jason was amazing! Very knowledgeable and funny. Makes your trip feel like you’re with a friend and for sure worth it!

    Lilly M. with Jason C. of Key Largo, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Pete and his wife could not have been any nicer and their boat was perfect. Pete kept us on the water longer than our trip was scheduled for trying to put some fish in the boat (we caught 1 tile fish and 3 vermillion that were just over 12 inches) I know the captain cannot control the bite as I have been on 100’s of charters however we fished with one rod the entire day! It was an electric reel since we were fishing in 600 plus feet of water. I spent almost the entire day watching my girlfriend dropping her line down and flipping the switch to bring it back up. That certainly is not what we had in mind when we booked the trip. We should have had two rods to fish with and moved into the reefs for some snapper, yellow tail or something but to deep drop the entire with one rig and zero activity was really disappointing.

    Jason C. with Pete R. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Pete and Chisty were great. Although we did not catch any keepers, we had a great time trying

    William I. with Pete R. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great day fishing with Capt. Pete and Christy! Our teenager got his first deep sea fishing experience and reeled in a couple huge tilefish, which made for a great dinner that evening and we had plenty more to take home. We would definitely take another trip with Capt. Pete and Christy on our next trip to the area and I'll recommend them to others.

    Charity P. with Pete R. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Scott was great

    Jacob H. with Scott G. of Tavernier, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great time! Captain Pete and his wife were a great time! We will come back for sure!

    Michael I. with Pete R. of Islamorada, Florida

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