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Epic Islamorada Inshore

100% (7)
25 ft 1 - 4 People $$
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Flats Fury With Captain Eric

100% (4)
18 ft 1 - 2 People $$
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Flats Backcountry Quest

100% (4)
22 ft 1 - 4 People $$

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Islamorada Angling Excursion

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

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Flats Fishing

100% (2)
24 ft 1 - 3 People $$

Inshore Fishing Charter in Islamorada

FL Keys Flats Fishing

100% (2)
18 ft 1 - 2 People $$

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Get out there and join Captain GW on this picture-perfect fishing charter in Islamorada, FL! He's a long-time guide with a star-studded record of putting clients on new personal bests. Whether you're an old-timer or a first-timer, you'll have a blast out there while enjoying the scenic beauty of the Florida Keys. On this charter, you'll chase Keys classics on the fly or spin, including Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, and Redfish! These species are challenging to catch, but they're world-famous for a reason, and you'll have the fight of your life when one's on the line. You'll be on the water on a 17' Hells Bay Marquesa skiff that's ideal for flats fishing in the shallows. Sightcast right to tailing Permit from the casting deck up front, or cast off the side for passing Tarpon. Whatever you choose to target, you'll have Captain GW's expertise and guidance to back you up. Get out there and have a blast! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Islamorada Flats And Backcountry

100% (5)
17 ft 1 - 2 People $$
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Experience an unforgettable backcountry fishing trip with Captain Eric in the fishing paradise of Islamorada, FL. Our trips cater to all skill levels, perfect for families seeking a memorable experience. Depart from the renowned World Wide Sportsman (Bass Pro Shops) Bay Side Marina, where your fishing adventure begins in style. Parking is available on the World Wide Sportsman property, just ask the Dock Master for your Captain, and you'll be on your way to an incredible day on the water. With Captain Eric as your guide, leave your worries behind. Fishing licenses and equipment will be provided, ensuring you have everything you need for a successful day of backcountry fishing. Departure is at 7 AM, so please arrive 15 minutes beforehand ready for an exciting journey. Choose from flexible trip options of 4, 6, or 8 hours, tailoring the experience to your preferences and availability. Explore the stunning backcountry waters, renowned for their diverse fish species and natural beauty. Enjoy free cancellations up to 14 days before the trip, ensuring flexibility in case of unforeseen circumstances. In the event of unfavorable weather conditions, the charter captain may reschedule the trip to a later time, prioritizing your safety and comfort. Book your trip today and get ready for an unforgettable adventure filled with thrilling catches, picturesque scenery, and cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Join Captain Eric for an unforgettable backcountry fishing trip in Islamorada, FL. Read More

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Back Country Bonanza

100% (2)
17 ft 1 - 2 People $$
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Have you ever wanted to do battle with a prehistoric apex predator with razor-sharp teeth and pounds of lean muscle? With Captain Eric, you can! Your Shark adventure will begin at the dock as Eric explains what you can expect on your trip. No detail will be left out or question unanswered in order to make your trip exciting, educational, and memorable. If you are ready to be put through the paces, clamp down on your rod, and haul in one of these beasts. Islamorada Shark fishing is where it’s at! This unique trip is for the angler looking for a thrilling excursion. During Tarpon season, you'll be chasing one of the best trophy fish Florida has to offer Possible Species: Bonnethead Shark, Nurse Shark, Bull Shark, Blacktip Shark, Lemon Shark, Spinner Shark, Hammerhead Shark, Tiger Shark, Barracuda, Jack Crevalle, and others Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Monster Hunt: Shark & Tarpon

100% (2)
22 ft 1 - 4 People $$

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 the Florida Keys is every fisherman's dream! Whether it's stalking the flats for sportfishing like Tarpon, Bonefish, and Permit, or exploring the backcountry up in the Everglades chasing down Redfish, Snook, and Snapper, sublime nature, and prolific trophy fish are literally everywhere down in the Florida Keys! Be one of the first to book a trip on this brand new 2021 Pathfinder 2500 Hybrid state-of-the-art fishing machine. Powered by a 300 HP Yamaha outboard. As authorized guides with the United States Park Service, we can explore the beauty of the Everglades National Park as we fish for a variety of species including Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Seatrout, Snapper, Tripletail and Sharks. The upper keys patch reefs, islands, and flats provide additional territory to explore and fish. All modern tackle and your fishing license are included, so just bring what you want to eat and drink. So head out with Captain Shawn who knows how to do it all! You'll meet up with him at Chris' Bait and Tackle, in Tavernier, which provides easy access and quick commutes to both the flats and the Everglades. Aboard his 25' Pathfinder you can decide what you'd like to fish for on that day. **Note** If you choose to go back into the Everglades National Park you will need to purchase a daily park pass which is only 15$ a person and can be purchased the morning of the charter on your smartphone. Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Islamorada Classic Trip

100% (1)
25 ft 1 - 4 People $$

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 $$
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Everything to Know About Booking an Islamorada tarpon fishing charter

What are the best tarpon fishing charters in Islamorada?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 54 tarpon trips in Islamorada, and the most popular trips in the area are Epic Islamorada Inshore guided by Ron, Flats Fury with Captain Eric guided by Eric, and Islamorada Angling Excursion guided by Mike.

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Other popular cities nearby for booking a Tarpon charter include Key Largo, Marathon and Layton.

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

What types of tarpon fishing charters are common in Islamorada?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for tarpon in Islamorada as well as inshore fishing, flats fishing, and nearshore fishing.

The most common fishing techniques in Islamorada are light tackle fishing, live bait fishing, and artificial lure fishing but fly fishing and drift fishing are popular as well.

How much do Islamorada tarpon fishing charters cost?

for tarpon in Islamorada prices can range anywhere from an affordable $450 to $2,200, but the average price for a half day trip for tarpon in Islamorada is $721. The average price for a full day trip for tarpon in Islamorada is $952.

What month is best for tarpon fishing in Islamorada?

The most popular season for tarpon fishing in Islamorada is spring, and most anglers book their trips 30 days in advance.

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

Islamorada, nestled in the heart of the Florida Keys, is renowned worldwide for its exceptional tarpon fishing opportunities. The warm, clear waters surrounding this picturesque island provide the perfect habitat for tarpon, attracting anglers from far and wide. Tarpon, also known as the "silver kings," are prized for their impressive size, acrobatic leaps, and fierce fighting ability, making them one of the most sought-after gamefish in the region. Whether casting from a skiff in the shallow flats or fishing from a bridge or pier, Islamorada offers diverse and exciting tarpon fishing experiences for anglers of all skill levels.

Tarpon fishing in Islamorada is a year-round pursuit, but the peak season typically occurs from April to September. During these months, tarpon migrate along the coastlines and congregate in the warm, shallow waters surrounding the Florida Keys. Anglers have the opportunity to target tarpon in various habitats, including flats, channels, bridges, and nearshore reefs. Whether fishing from a boat or wading in the shallows, anglers can expect thrilling encounters with tarpon during this peak season, with the chance to hook into trophy-sized fish weighing over 100 pounds.

Anglers employ a variety of techniques when targeting tarpon in Islamorada. Sight fishing on the shallow flats is a popular method, where anglers use polarized sunglasses to spot cruising tarpon and present live bait or artificial lures to entice a strike. Trolling along channels and bridges with live bait or lures is another effective strategy for hooking tarpon, especially during the incoming and outgoing tides. Fly fishing enthusiasts can also test their skills against tarpon using specialized flies designed to mimic their natural prey. With its abundance of tarpon and diverse fishing environments, Islamorada offers anglers an unforgettable tarpon fishing experience amidst the stunning backdrop of the Florida Keys.

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

In Islamorada, tarpon seasons revolve around the patterns of tarpon migration and local weather conditions. The tarpon fishing season in Islamorada typically peaks from April to September, aligning with the annual tarpon migration along the Florida Keys. During these months, tarpon move in large numbers along the coastlines, flats, and channels of Islamorada, providing anglers with prime opportunities to target these majestic fish. The warm waters and abundance of baitfish attract tarpon to the area, making it an ideal destination for anglers seeking thrilling tarpon fishing adventures.

Spring and summer months, particularly April through June, are considered the height of tarpon season in Islamorada. As water temperatures rise and days lengthen, tarpon become more active and readily feed in preparation for spawning. Anglers can expect to encounter large concentrations of tarpon in the shallows, channels, and nearshore waters during this time, presenting ample opportunities for exciting hookups. From dawn until dusk, anglers can enjoy thrilling tarpon fishing action, with the chance to hook into trophy-sized fish weighing over 100 pounds.

While tarpon fishing in Islamorada is most prolific during the peak season, tarpon can be found in the waters surrounding the Florida Keys year-round. During the fall and winter months, from October to March, tarpon can still be targeted in certain areas, although their numbers may be lower compared to the peak season. Cooler water temperatures and occasional cold fronts may affect tarpon behavior and migration patterns, but dedicated anglers can still find success by adjusting their tactics and targeting areas with warmer water temperatures and consistent baitfish activity. Overall, Islamorada offers tarpon fishing opportunities throughout the year, with the peak season from April to September drawing anglers from around the world to experience the thrill of tarpon fishing in this renowned angling paradise.

What techniques are popular for catching tarpon in Islamorada?

In Islamorada, a variety of tarpon fishing techniques are employed to target these powerful and acrobatic fish successfully. One of the most popular methods is live bait fishing, which involves presenting live baitfish such as mullet, pilchards, or pinfish to hungry tarpon. Anglers typically fish with live bait suspended under a float or free-lined in areas where tarpon are known to congregate, such as channels, bridges, or flats. Live bait fishing allows anglers to mimic natural prey behavior, enticing tarpon to strike aggressively.

Another effective tarpon fishing technique in Islamorada is using artificial lures, such as plugs, jigs, or soft plastics. Anglers often cast these lures near structure, mangroves, or along the edges of channels and flats, where tarpon are likely to ambush passing baitfish. Working lures with a jerking or twitching action can trigger aggressive strikes from tarpon, especially during periods of high feeding activity. Topwater lures, such as poppers or surface-walking baits, can also be effective for targeting tarpon in shallow water, producing explosive strikes that thrill anglers.

Fly fishing for tarpon is another popular technique favored by many anglers in Islamorada. Using specialized fly rods, reels, and flies, anglers can target tarpon in shallow flats, channels, and along the edges of mangroves. Fly anglers often sight fish for tarpon, scanning the water for signs of rolling or cruising fish before presenting their flies with precision accuracy. Flies designed to mimic baitfish or crustaceans are typically used, and anglers must employ proper casting techniques to deliver their flies softly and effectively to wary tarpon. Fly fishing for tarpon in Islamorada requires patience, skill, and finesse, but the exhilaration of hooking into a tarpon on the fly makes it a rewarding and unforgettable experience for anglers of all levels.

What other species are popular in Islamorada?

While tarpon fishing is undoubtedly a highlight of Islamorada's angling opportunities, there's a diverse range of other species waiting to be caught in these pristine waters. One popular target for anglers is the bonefish, known for its elusive nature and thrilling fights. Islamorada's expansive flats provide ideal habitat for bonefish, and sight fishing for these silver bullets can be both challenging and rewarding. Using lightweight spinning or fly-fishing gear, anglers stalk the flats, scanning the crystal-clear waters for signs of bonefish tails or wakes before presenting their baits or flies with precision.

Another prized species in Islamorada is the permit, revered by anglers for its strength and cunning behavior. Permit are often found on shallow flats, wrecks, and around structure, where they feed on crustaceans and small baitfish. Targeting permit requires finesse and patience, as these wary fish can be easily spooked. Anglers typically use small live crabs, shrimp, or crab-imitating flies to entice permit, presenting their baits or flies with delicate presentations and keen observation. Hooking into a permit is considered a pinnacle achievement in saltwater fishing, making it a sought-after species among anglers in Islamorada.

For anglers looking for larger game fish, Islamorada offers opportunities to target species such as mahi-mahi, sailfish, and tuna. Offshore waters abound with these pelagic species, particularly during the warmer months when they migrate through the area in search of food. Trolling with rigged baits, lures, or live baitfish is a common tactic for targeting pelagic species, as it allows anglers to cover large areas of water and intercept passing schools. Anglers can also opt for live baiting or kite fishing techniques when conditions are favorable, increasing their chances of hooking into these prized game fish. Whether targeting inshore or offshore species, Islamorada offers a world-class fishing experience for anglers of all skill levels.

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

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