facebook pixel

Lionfish Fishing Charters In Islamorada

Easily find an Islamorada fishing guide that fits your needs. Confidently book your next day on the water.

5/5 Average Rating


Experts Available 24/7

Licensed & Insured Guides

100% Weather Guarantee

Recently Booked Lionfish Fishing Charters Near Islamorada, Fl

Fishing in Islamorada

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Spearfishing For Lionfish

100% (1)
32 ft 1 - 6 People $$$

“Our Damn Good Guides go above and beyond to provide you an incredible trip, and we’ve handpicked every single one. We’re passionate about the outdoors and about empowering people to find the perfect-match guide for the trip of a lifetime, every time.”

Jonathan and Attison   |   Co-founders   |   Austin, Texas

Other Trips in Islamorada

Fishing in Key Largo
Fishing in Key Largo
Fishing in Key Largo
trip description for Key Largo Offshore Mixed Bag in Key Largo

Climb aboard with Captain Eric and hit the water for an action-packed day of fishing! The offshore waters of Key Largo are perfect to chase after some of the prized big game fish that Florida is known for. No matter your fishing experience, Captain Eric will lead you to some impressive catches! On these 6-hour (3/4-day) adventures you will fish the deep waters off of Key Largo where you’ll target a variety of serious fish such as Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Wahoo, and more. You might even see some Snapper and Blue Marlin! You'll be targeting these fish using a variety of methods including light tackle, heavy tackle, trolling, kite fishing and jigging. Make sure you stretch a little before the trip - many of these fish put up a big fight! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Eric’s 35-foot center console with a capacity for 6 anglers. Powered by twin Yamaha 425 HP engines, this vessel will get you to the deep waters with time to spare! She comes equipped with a GPS, fishfinder, live bait well, outriggers, and an ice box. Captain Eric will provide all rods, reels, tackle, live bait, and licenses. All you need to bring is some food, drinks of your choice, sunscreen, a hat, and a cooler to take home your day’s catch. Captain Eric is excited to give you a spectacular fishing trip. Test your skills and strength on what promises to be an exhilarating day! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Key Largo

Key Largo Offshore Mixed Bag

NEW
35 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
Fishing in Key Largo
Fishing in Key Largo
Fishing in Key Largo
trip description for Islamorada Fly Fishing the Flats in Key Largo

Head out with Captain Josh for an action-packed day of fly fishing in the Islamorada flats! The inshore flats in this world-famous fishing hotspot provide excellent year round fishing for a host of sought-after species. Let Captain Josh show you why fly fishers from all over flock to this fishing paradise! On this 4 to 8-hour trip, Captain Josh will take you into the beautiful Islamorada backcountry flats where you'll be fly fishing for sought-after fish including Barracuda, Black Drum, Bonefish, Jack Crevalle, Permit, Redfish, Snook, and Tarpon. Although many of these elusive fish require some pretty accurate casting, Captain Josh is happy to help anglers of any skill level and will provide expert-level instruction to accommodate you and guests! You'll be aboard a 17' Maverick HPX-V skiff boat with capacity for 2 anglers. Powered by a 90 HP Mercury engine, this boat was designed with shallow waters in mind and she'll have no problem letting you creep up on even the most skittish fish. It comes equipped with GPS, Fishfinder, a Live Bait Well, a Wireless Trolling Motor, and an Ice Box to store your catches. Captain Josh will provide all rods, reels, tackle and fishing licenses. All you need to bring is sunglasses, sunscreen, and any food or drinks you might need. Come aboard with Captain Josh and see what all the Islamorada buzz is about! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Key Largo

Islamorada Fly Fishing The Flats

100% (1)
17 ft 1 - 2 People $$
Fishing in Tavernier
Fishing in Tavernier
Fishing in Tavernier
trip description for Tavernier Backcountry Fishing in Tavernier

Head out with Captain Ben for an action-packed day of fishing in the Tavernier backcountry! Tavernier provides quick access to the productive Florida Key waters home to reefs and shipwrecks covered in brilliant bright colors of the spectrum, backcountry shallow water flats with fish made for sight fishing, gorgeous deep water Pelagics that love to feed on the surface, and much more! On this 4 to 8-hour trip, Captain Ben will take you into the beautiful Tavernier backcountry flats where you'll be fly fishing for sought-after fish including Barracuda, Snapper, Florida Pompano, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Redfish, Snook, Speckled Trout, Tarpon, Tripletail, and even some elusive Bonefish and Permit. With Captain Ben, you can either use classic light tackle, or if you're looking for a challenge you can try your hand at sight-casting with a fly rod. Whatever your ideal trip is, Captain Ben will do what he can to make it happen! You'll be fishing aboard an 18' Action Craft skiff boat with capacity for 3 guests. Powered by a 115 HP Suzuki engine, this boat will have no problem taking you from one hotspot to another in the backcountry waters! She comes equipped with GPS, Fishfinder, Snorkeling Equipment, a Live Bait Well, Tuna Tubes, and an Ice Box to store your catches. Captain Ben will provide all rods, reels, tackle and fishing licenses. All you need to bring is a Florida saltwater fishing license, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, and any food or drinks you might need. Come aboard with Captain Ben and experience the awesome fishing the Keys have to offer! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Tavernier

Tavernier Backcountry Fishing

100% (7)
18 ft 1 - 3 People $
Fishing in Key Largo
Fishing in Key Largo
Fishing in Key Largo
trip description for Swordfish Slam in Key Largo

Swordfishing in Key Largo is an exciting and unique experience. The Florida Keys are home to some of the best Swordfishing in the world, and Key Largo is the perfect place to enjoy this amazing sport. Daytime charters are the best way to see these magnificent creatures up close. What is so special about daytiming is that you can see the fish jump and thrash out of the water; the colors are magnificent and you actually see the fight. On this 8-hour Swordfishing adventure, you will be trolling the edge of the outer reef just off the coast of Key Largo. You will be using live bait to target the Swordfish that inhabit these waters. You might also get bites from Dorado (Mahi Mahi), Tuna, Wahoo, Cobia, and sharks along the way. Captain Eric practices “catch and release” when landing all of their Swordfish to ensure all generations can enjoy these marvelous creatures. Captain Eric's boat is the perfect vessel for a successful day of Swordfishing in the Florida Keys. At 35 feet long, this Contender center console has plenty of space for you and your gear, and with 850 horsepower from its two Yamaha 4-stroke engines, it has the power to get you to the Swordfish grounds quickly. The boat is also equipped with GPS, a fishfinder, live bait well, outriggers, and an ice box, so you have everything you need for a successful day on the water. Captain Eric will provide all of the rods, reels, tackle, licenses, and live bait that you need. All you need to bring is some food and drinks, sunscreen, a hat, and a cooler to take home your day's catch. So come aboard and test your skills on what promises to be an exciting and exhilarating day of Swordfishing in the Florida Keys! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Key Largo

Swordfish Slam

NEW
35 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
Fishing in Key Largo
Fishing in Key Largo
Fishing in Key Largo
trip description for Reef Fishing Action in Key Largo

Climb aboard with Captain Eric and hit the water for an action-packed day of fishing! Captain Eric is determined to help you catch your personal best. No matter your fishing experience, he will lead the way! On these 6-hour (3/4-day) and 8-hour (full day) adventures you will fish the reefs of Key Largo between the water depths of 5 and 60 feet. You’ll likely take home a cooler full of Mangrove Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Black Grouper, Gag Grouper, Hogfish, Barracuda, and more. You might also catch a few sharks. Make sure you stretch a little before the trip - you'll feel the intense power of this apex predator as you reel it in. This charter is also family-friendly! Captain Eric and his crew thoroughly enjoy sharing their knowledge with the little ones on board. You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Eric’s 35-foot center console equipped with two Yamaha 425 HP engines. She is equipped with a GPS, fishfinder, live bait well, outriggers, and an ice box. She can accommodate 6 anglers. He will also provide all rods, reels, tackle, live bait, and licenses. All you need to bring is some food, drinks of your choice, sunscreen, a hat, and a cooler to take home your day’s catch. Captain Eric is excited to give you a spectacular fishing trip. Test your skills and strength on what promises to be an exhilarating day! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key Largo

Reef Fishing Action

100% (2)
35 ft 1 - 6 People $$
Fishing in Islamorada
Fishing in Islamorada
Fishing in Islamorada
trip description for Flats fishing in Islamorada

Head out with Captain Nick for an inshore fishing adventure hammering the backcountry bays and flats around upper Florida Keys. Nick will show you the best areas to stalk up all bone fish, permit, and tarpon He will provide all the rods, reels, tackle, and bait for your trip, so all you need to bring is your snacks and drinks, and Captain Nick will take care of the rest! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Flats Fishing

100% (2)
24 ft 1 - 3 People $$
Fishing in Islamorada
Fishing in Islamorada
Fishing in Islamorada
trip description for Full Day Mahi Mahi Trip in Islamorada

Hop on board with Captain Jeff and prepare for an action-packed day of Mahi Mahi fishing! Islamorada is a renowned fishing hotspot with some of the best inshore and backcountry fisheries in the world, home to dozens of exciting species. You also have easy access to the offshore waters if you want to go after some bigger fish! In the summer months of April through August, you can go offshore to haul in some colorful Mahi Mahi! On this full-day trip, Captain Jeff will take you to some deeper waters off the coast of Islamorada where you'll be primarily targeting Mahi Mahi, with opportunities to go after some Amberjack, Blackfin Tuna and Cobia. You'll be targeting these fish using methods such as light tackle, heavy tackle, and bottom fishing. Whether you're an expert or a beginner, Captain Jeff will show you some expert tips to help get one on the line! He'll take you to prime spots and get your rod set up with what the fish are biting. Captain Jeff fishes aboard a 23' Sea Craft center console that can hold up to 3 people. Powered by a 300 HP Yamaha engine, this vessel will get you where you need to be in the beautiful inshore waters! She comes complete with GPS, Fishfinder, a Live Bait Well, and an Ice Box to store your catches. Captain Jeff will even clean your fish for you at the end of the trip! Captain Jeff will provide all rods, reels, tackle and fishing licenses. All you need to bring is sun protection and any food or drinks you might want. Head out with Captain Jeff! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Full Day Mahi Mahi Trip

NEW
23 ft 1 - 3 People $$
Fishing in Islamorada
Fishing in Islamorada
Fishing in Islamorada
trip description for Live Bait Sailfishing in Islamorada

Hop on board with Captain Jeff and prepare for an action-packed day of Sail Fishing! Islamorada is a renowned fishing hotspot with some of the best inshore and backcountry fisheries in the world, home to dozens of exciting species. You also have easy access to the offshore waters if you want to go after some bigger fish! From October to April, you can even target some Sailfish as they travel up and down the reef's edge. On this full-day trip, Captain Jeff will take you to some deeper waters off the coast of Islamorada where you'll be primarily targeting the distinctive Sailfish, with opportunities to go after some Amberjack, Blackfin Tuna, Cobia, and Mahi Mahi. You'll be targeting these fish using methods such as light tackle, heavy tackle, and bottom fishing. Whether you're an expert or a beginner, Captain Jeff will show you some expert tips to help get one on the line! He'll take you to prime spots and get your rod set up with what the fish are biting. Captain Jeff fishes aboard a 23' Sea Craft center console that can hold up to 3 people. Powered by a 300 HP Yamaha engine, this vessel will get you where you need to be in the beautiful inshore waters! She comes complete with GPS, Fishfinder, a Live Bait Well, and an Ice Box to store your catches. Captain Jeff will even clean your fish for you at the end of the trip! Captain Jeff will provide all rods, reels, tackle and fishing licenses. All you need to bring is sun protection and any food or drinks you might want. Head out with Captain Jeff! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Live Bait Sailfishing

NEW
23 ft 1 - 3 People $$
Fishing in Islamorada
Fishing in Islamorada
Fishing in Islamorada
trip description for Silver King Classic in Islamorada

Hop on board with Captain Jeff and prepare for an action-packed day of Tarpon fishing! Islamorada is a renowned fishing hotspot with some of the best inshore and backcountry fisheries in the world, home to dozens of exciting species. You also have easy access to the offshore waters if you want to go after some bigger fish! On this half or full-day trip, Captain Jeff will take you to some of the beautiful Islamorada inshores where you'll be primarily targeting the elusive Tarpon, with opportunities to go after some Black Drum, Blacktip Shark, Mangrove Snapper, Redfish, Snook, and Yellowtail Snapper too. You'll be targeting these fish using methods such as light tackle, heavy tackle, and bottom fishing. Whether you're an expert or a beginner, Captain Jeff will show you some expert tips to help get one on the line! He'll take you to prime spots and get your rod set up with what the fish are biting. Captain Jeff fishes aboard a 23' Sea Craft center console that can hold up to 3 people. Powered by a 300 HP Yamaha engine, this vessel will get you where you need to be in the beautiful inshore waters! She comes complete with GPS, Fishfinder, a Live Bait Well, and an Ice Box to store your catches. Captain Jeff will even clean your fish for you at the end of the trip! Captain Jeff will provide all rods, reels, tackle and fishing licenses. All you need to bring is sun protection and any food or drinks you might want. Head out with Captain Jeff! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Silver King Classic

NEW
23 ft 1 - 3 People $$
Fishing in Islamorada
Fishing in Islamorada
Fishing in Islamorada
trip description for Bank and Bight Backcountry in Islamorada

Hop on board with Captain Jon-Paul and prepare for an Islamorada backcountry adventure! This renowned fishing hotspot has some of the best inshore and backcountry fisheries in the world, home to dozens of exciting species. On this 4, 6, 8 or 10-hour trip, Captain Jon-Paul will take you to some of the beautiful Islamorada inshores where you'll be targeting Barracuda, Bonefish, Jack Crevalle, Mangrove Snapper, Permit, Redfish, Snook, and the elusive Tarpon. You'll be targeting these fish using top-of-the-line light tackle gear, or you can choose to fly fish if you want. The fish you reel are yours to keep and all kids are welcome to join aboard. No matter your skill level, Captain Jon-Paul will show you some expert tips to help get one on the line! Captain Jon-Paul fishes aboard a brand-new 18' Xplor skiff boat with a capacity for 2 anglers. Her 115HP Mercury ProXS engine is all you need to navigate these beautiful inshore waters! She comes complete with GPS, Simrad Trolling Motor, Fishfinder, two Live Bait Wells, and an Ice Box to store your catches. Captain Jon-Paul will even clean your fish for you at the end of the trip! Captain Jon-Paul will supply all fishing gear, including live bait and lures. Also, he will clean and filet your catch and provide fishing licenses. Make sure to bring sunscreen and protective clothing as the sun can be intense. Enjoy your day out on the water with Captain Jon-Paul! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Bank And Bight Backcountry

100% (2)
18 ft 1 - 2 People $$
Fishing in Islamorada
Fishing in Islamorada
Fishing in Islamorada
trip description for Islamorada Live Action Fishing in Islamorada

On this trip, you'll launch from one of the coolest marinas in the Florida Keys. Even the marina here is packed with Tarpon! You'll be able to watch 100-pound Tarpon cruising right next to the dock while you board Captain Mike's Action Craft skiff. Once on board, you'll discuss the game plan for the day. Whether you want to try for the inshore "grand slam" of a Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, and Snook, or if you want to fish for dinner, Captain Mike does it all and is willing to accommodate any technique you wish to use. He comes prepared, and will provide you with all the rods, tackle, live bait, or artificial lures you will need for a successful day out on the water. If you decide to chase the sport fish, Captain Mike will use his knowledge of the tides and weather to take you to the best Tarpon, Bonefish, or Permit flats in the area. On these beautiful clear water flats, Captain Mike will use his wireless trolling motor to stealthily sneak you across the flat to sightcast right to the fish! If you choose to bag some gamefish, Capt. Mike will put his 30+ years of experience to work taking you to all the secret channels, mangroves islands, and "honey holes" to help you catch your limits on delicious species including Mangrove Snapper, Redfish, Gag Grouper, and more. Plus, if fly fishing is your game of choice, Captain Mike just asks that you bring your own gear. He can also provide his own flies and fly rods as backup. Besides that, all you need to bring is your food and drink of choice, sunglasses, and a hat, and Captain Mike will take care of the rest on your Florida Keys fishing adventure! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Islamorada Live Action Fishing

100% (2)
18 ft 1 - 3 People $$
Fishing in Islamorada
Fishing in Islamorada
Fishing in Islamorada
trip description for Islamorada Angling Excursion in Islamorada

On this trip, you'll launch from one of the coolest marinas in the Florida Keys. Even the marina here is packed with Tarpon! You'll be able to watch 100-pound Tarpon cruising right next to the dock while you board Captain Mike's Action Craft skiff. Once on board, you'll discuss the game plan for the day. Whether you want to try for the inshore "grand slam" of a Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, and Snook, or if you want to fish for dinner, Captain Mike does it all and is willing to accommodate any technique you wish to use. He comes prepared, and will provide you with all the rods, tackle, live bait, or artificial lures you will need for a successful day out on the water. If you decide to chase the sport fish, Captain Mike will use his knowledge of the tides and weather to take you to the best Tarpon, Bonefish, or Permit flats in the area. On these beautiful clear water flats, Captain Mike will use his wireless trolling motor to stealthily sneak you across the flat to sightcast right to the fish! If you choose to bag some gamefish, Capt. Mike will put his 30+ years of experience to work taking you to all the secret channels, mangroves islands, and "honey holes" to help you catch your limits on delicious species including Mangrove Snapper, Redfish, Gag Grouper, and more. Plus, if fly fishing is your game of choice, Captain Mike just asks that you bring your own gear. He can also provide his own flies and fly rods as backup. Besides that, all you need to bring is your food and drink of choice, sunglasses, and a hat, and Captain Mike will take care of the rest on your Florida Keys fishing adventure! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Islamorada Angling Excursion

100% (5)
22 ft 1 - 5 People $$

Everything to Know About Booking an Islamorada lionfish fishing charter

What are the best lionfish fishing charters in Islamorada?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 1 lionfish trip in Islamorada: Spearfishing for Lionfish guided by Tony.

Our guides in Islamorada are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 2529 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.

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

What types of lionfish fishing charters are common in Islamorada?

Inshore fishing is the most popular for lionfish in Islamorada as well as nearshore fishing.

The most common fishing technique in Islamorada is spearfishing.

How much do Islamorada lionfish fishing charters cost?

for lionfish in Islamorada prices can range anywhere from an affordable $1,100 to $1,700, but the average price for a half day trip for lionfish in Islamorada is $1,100. The average price for a full day trip for lionfish in Islamorada is $1,550.

What month is best for lionfish fishing in Islamorada?

The most popular season for lionfish fishing in Islamorada is summer, and most anglers book their trips 8 days in advance.

Do I need a Islamorada fishing license for lionfish and what are the bag limits for lionfish 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 lionfish fishing in Islamorada all about?

In Islamorada, lionfish have become a topic of concern and interest among anglers and conservationists alike. Lionfish, native to the Indo-Pacific region, have invaded the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, including the Florida Keys, where they pose a threat to native marine ecosystems. These invasive predators are known for their voracious appetites and rapid reproduction rates, which can disrupt the balance of marine life and harm native fish populations. As a result, efforts to control and mitigate the spread of lionfish have become a priority in Isla Morada and other coastal communities.

Despite their invasive status, lionfish have also become a target species for anglers in Isla Morada, offering an unconventional and unique fishing experience. Lionfish are typically found in shallow reef environments, where they prey on small fish and crustaceans. Anglers target lionfish using spearfishing techniques, employing specialized gear such as pole spears or spear guns to capture these elusive predators. While handling lionfish requires caution due to their venomous spines, anglers can safely harvest and remove lionfish from the ecosystem, helping to mitigate their impact on native marine species.

In addition to their ecological implications, lionfish are also recognized for their culinary appeal, with their tender white flesh considered a delicacy by many. Some restaurants in Isla Morada have incorporated lionfish into their menus, offering innovative dishes that highlight the unique flavors of this invasive species. By promoting lionfish as a sustainable seafood option and encouraging its consumption, anglers and conservationists in Isla Morada are working together to combat the spread of this invasive predator while also supporting local culinary traditions and economies.

What are the most popular months to fish for lionfish fishing in Islamorada?

In Islamorada, like many other coastal areas in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, lionfish are considered invasive species with no specific fishing seasons or regulations in place due to their detrimental impact on native marine ecosystems. Lionfish, native to the Indo-Pacific region, have proliferated in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea due to accidental or deliberate releases by aquarium enthusiasts. Their voracious appetite and lack of natural predators have led to concerns about their negative effects on native fish populations and coral reef ecosystems.

As a result of their invasive status, efforts to control lionfish populations in Islamorada and surrounding areas typically occur year-round, with various organizations, conservation groups, and individuals actively engaged in lionfish removal initiatives. These efforts often involve targeted lionfish culling events, where trained divers and volunteers participate in lionfish removal dives to help reduce their numbers and minimize their impact on native marine species. Additionally, some fishing tournaments and events in Islamorada may include lionfish categories to incentivize anglers to target and remove these invasive species.

Despite the lack of specific fishing seasons for lionfish, the removal and consumption of lionfish are encouraged as part of ongoing conservation efforts to mitigate their harmful effects on marine ecosystems. Lionfish are not only invasive but also prized for their mild, white flesh, making them suitable for consumption. Some restaurants and seafood markets in Islamorada may offer lionfish on their menus as a sustainable seafood option. By promoting lionfish removal and consumption, communities in Islamorada aim to address the ecological threat posed by these invasive species while providing opportunities for sustainable fishing practices.

What techniques are popular for catching lionfish in Islamorada?

In Islamorada, like in many other coastal regions affected by lionfish invasion, specialized fishing techniques are employed to target and remove these invasive species. Lionfish are typically found in a variety of habitats, including reefs, wrecks, and rocky outcrops, making them accessible to divers and snorkelers. One common method for capturing lionfish involves the use of a spear or pole spear, allowing divers to approach the fish closely and deliver an accurate strike to immobilize and capture them. This method requires precision and careful handling to ensure safety and minimize damage to the surrounding marine environment.

Another effective technique for lionfish fishing in Islamorada is the use of specially designed lionfish containment devices, such as handheld nets or containment bags, which allow divers to capture multiple lionfish efficiently during a single dive. These devices are equipped with features to prevent lionfish from escaping while minimizing the risk of accidental stings to the diver. Some divers also utilize modified lionfish hunting tools, such as the "Zookeeper," which provides a safe and secure means of handling and containing lionfish underwater.

Additionally, lionfish traps or cages may be deployed in certain areas of Islamorada to target lionfish in deeper or more remote locations. These traps are baited with small fish or other attractants to lure lionfish inside, where they become trapped and can be safely removed by divers or retrieved by boat. While lionfish fishing techniques in Islamorada vary depending on the diver's skill level, equipment availability, and local regulations, the overarching goal remains consistent: to control and reduce lionfish populations to protect native marine ecosystems and promote sustainable fishing practices.

What other species are popular in Islamorada?

In Islamorada, anglers have an abundance of options when it comes to targeting a variety of native and migratory fish species, offering diverse opportunities for fishing enthusiasts. One popular species among anglers in Islamorada is the mahi-mahi, also known as dorado or dolphin fish. These colorful and acrobatic fish are commonly found in offshore waters, particularly near floating debris, weed lines, and current edges. Anglers target mahi-mahi using trolling, casting, or live bait techniques, enjoying thrilling battles and rewarding catches.

Another sought-after species in Islamorada is the sailfish, prized for its impressive size, distinctive sail-like dorsal fin, and lightning-fast speeds. Sailfish are commonly found in offshore waters, particularly along the edge of the Gulf Stream and near underwater structure such as reefs and wrecks. Anglers target sailfish using trolling techniques with rigged baits or artificial lures, as well as live bait fishing and kite fishing methods. Sailfish offer anglers in Islamorada exhilarating fights and the chance to reel in trophy-sized fish.

Additionally, anglers in Islamorada can pursue a variety of other species, including tuna, wahoo, kingfish, marlin, snapper, grouper, tarpon, permit, and bonefish, among others. Tuna are prized for their speed and strength, inhabiting offshore waters where they feed on baitfish and squid. Wahoo are known for their sharp teeth, fast strikes, and delicious flesh, making them a favorite among anglers targeting pelagic species. With such a diverse range of species to target, anglers in Islamorada can enjoy thrilling fishing experiences and the opportunity to catch a wide variety of prized fish throughout the year.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Fishing with Captain Randy was a blast caught plenty of bonefish and some sharks Randy is a cool dude really enjoyed my trip

    Rick B. with Randy S. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a terrific day with Pete!

    Kipp H. with Pete R. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great full day trip with Captain Chris. Chris really helped my wife with his patience and encouragement fight big fish in deep water and use lighter tackle at the shallower wreck. She landed nice yellowtail, yellow jack, mackerel and amberjack. Chris worked hard all day keeping us in fish and rigged as the shark tax was high though the morning. At the end of the day we got great local restaurant recommendations and tips on cooking our catch. Loved the boat playlist! Highly recommend and hope to come back to fish with Chris again.

    John K. with Chris P. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    What an amazing day of fishing and boating. Captain Pete and his mate Christy were great with my three boys. They really made the experience "The Best Day Ever!"

    Roy G. with Pete R. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    If you want to be inspired to be a better person, laugh, and catch the most fish out of the Islamorada marina Captain Mark is the way to go. Thanks Mark for a great day. Also thank you for your service to our country and continued surrport of disabled veterans!

    Brian S. with Mark G. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great work Captain Phil. Had a good time on the boat and caught fish all through the 8 hour day. Even when the bite slowed down captain phil ran all over to get back on the bite. We had our trout limit within the first hour of the fishing. He showed me allot of tips for casting under mangroves. Looking forward to another trip soon.

    Shaun T. with Mike P. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had two great days on the water with captain Eric. Even though it was pretty windy Captain Eric put me in fish. Enjoyed the fishing and enjoyed my time on the water with captain Eric. Next time I'm in the Keys I will be looking forward to fishing with Captain Eric.

    Bob M. with Eric S. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    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 truly enjoyed our fly fishing trip with Capt GW. His boat was clean and comfortable and Capt GW was very personable and knowledgeable. We had some tougher conditions with wind that allowed him to give me so much needed help and encouragement on techniques to help my skills. But alas, no adrenaline moments of catching backwater fish, just the adrenaline of trying to make the right cast in the right spot. We saw a great deal of sea life as an addition to the friendly camaraderie, and that was a bonus.

    David H. with Gw D. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Ron is a true pro and so nice. My family had a great fishing trip. 10 out of 10🙂

    Mark L. with Ron B. 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

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Tony was top notch! He communicated well prior to the trip, was ready to go when we arrived, got us on some great fish, and was just a good guy and fun to go fishing with.

    Jc F. with Tony Y. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time.

    Gerald L. with Eric S. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a good trip with Capt. Don. Very friendly and knowledgeable. We did have to cut our trip short, as one of our party got sea sick. Thanks Capt. Don. (He is also a veteran).

    Harry B. with Don R. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Ron was awesome! Tons of fun. Caught dozens of fish. He was super helpful. Knew the good spots. Would totally recommend for a great family or couples excursion.

    Cameron S. with Ron B. of Islamorada, 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

  • ★★★★★
    Great guide and a great man. My wife and I went out for 6 hours, caught tarpon, snook and snapper. was exactly what I was looking for.

    Tom G. with Eric R. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Don was awesome! If you are truly wanting to get out and do some fishing he is your guy. He got us on fish right away and was very clear on what he wanted us to do. My Father, brother and me had a really good day hanging out with him. We would do it again.

    Nicholas H. with Don R. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great guide. Had a wonderful outing. Thanks for being persistant and finding us some great places to catch fish.

    Brian K. with Nick D. of Islamorada, Florida

What's biting in Islamorada?

View Lionfish Fishing Reports from our damn good guides.

Didn't Find What You Were Looking For?

Our guides are Damn Good Guides, which means they’re licensed, insured and vetted by our team of outdoor experts who know them on a first-name basis. We hand pick our Damn Good Guides, and our network spans all across the country and beyond.

The proof is in the pudding, and we’re incredibly proud of our 4.9 / 5 average review score. Hit the button below to see more trip options:

See All Lionfish Trips in Islamorada