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Islamorada, FL

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With great weather year-round and an incredible marine habitat, there's no limit to the possibilities here.

Islamorada (pronounced aisle-a-more-AH-dah) enjoys the tropical climes of the Florida Keys and a unique marine geography that harbors sailfish, wahoo, tarpon, permit, bonefish, amberjack … the list goes on. Tucked between the Florida Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, with miles of shallow reefs and the Gulf Stream bringing in deep-water visitors, Islamorada lives up to its reputation as the "Sportfishing Capital of the World."

Cruise the aqua blue flats in a skiff, testing your double-haul fly cast against feisty bonefish. Or charter a bigger boat, head offshore to the edge of the reef and wrestle with 70-pound sailfish, considered by many to be Islamorada's premier game fish. Further offshore, drop sturdy tackle into the deep and take a chance at hooking a 1000-pound shark. Whether you're in the shallows or going for the big one, what you reel in can always be a surprise. There's something for everyone, from expert fly-caster to total novice.

Fishing never sleeps in Islamorada. January through March are "winter" (temps at night seldom drop much below 60 degrees), when sailfish are on the bite. In March, favorable winds draw can mackerel and bluefish into the Gulf, and the kingfish are heating up. As the water warms in April, bonefish, permit and tarpon are more frequent on the flats, and charters also start heading into deeper water. July brings the heat, with evening fishing for bonefish and permit, and charters plying the depths. By October the tarpon are thinning out but there are still plenty of other fish around.

Outfitters offer half- or full-day charters and are stocked with an arsenal of tackle to handle the different depths and fish species. First mates climb the "tuna tower" to scout for current edges, weedlines, circling birds and other signs of where the fish are schooled up. The day can really perk up while fishing for one species and then suddenly getting into a patch of water where something else is biting hard.

Aside from the fishing, Islamorada offers opportunities for diving, snorkeling, parasailing, kayaking and a variety of other activities. This, after all, is the Florida Keys.

Basic Info
  • 74° 61° Dec-Feb
  • 79° 69° Mar-May
  • 88° 78° Jun-Aug
  • 84° 75° Sep-Nov
Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay, Gulf Of Mexico
Fishing license info here: here

The Catch

Top fish species to target in Islamorada, FL


Amberjack, generally refers to a few species that usually have dark stripes extending from nose to in front of their dorsal fins, fierce predators.


Groupers have stout bodies and wide mouths, used to suck prey in from a distance.


Color dark blue on top, brown-blue laterally and silvery white underbelly. First dorsal fin greatly enlarged in the form of a sail with many black spots.


Gray or greenish above and light on the underside, usually with an overall reddish hue that can range from coppery to bright brick red.


Prefer warmer water, put up a spirited fight, and have a delicate mild flavor.


One of the fastest and largest predators in the ocean, swordfish have a distinctive long flattened bill.


Tarpon have swimming since prehistoric time. They can reach sizes up to 8 feet and weigh up to 280 pounds. As fierce a fight as any fish.


Wahoo are steel blue on their top side and pale blue on their underside. Also known for a series of blackish-blue vertical bars on their sides.

More Islamorada Outfitters

Fishing with Captain Duane Baker in Tavernier

Captain Duane Baker

Tavernier, FL

Flats Fly Fishing Florida Keys: Bonefish, Tarpon, & Permit The Upper Keys of Florida provide tremendous opportunities to catch tarpon, bonefish, permit, redfish and snook. We have professionally guided these waters from more than 24 years and would love to show you this wonderful playground. Whether you are experienced at fly fishing or a first time angler, the Florida Keys provide the chance at a fish of lifetime. The Upper Keys including Islamorada, Tavernier, and Key Largo, are rich in heritage and tradition, so come looking for enjoyment, sunshine, and most important just relaxation. Remember its only fishing after all! Meet Captain Duane Baker: Florida Keys Flats Guide. As a Florida Keys fishing guide Duane provides sight casting and shallow water fishing in the Upper Florida Keys. He ranges from the backcountry of Florida Bay to the flats of Islamorada and Key Largo. Duane is an Orvis Endorsed Guide (Orvis has very high standards, and will only endorse some of the best) that offers full and half-day fly fishing and light tackle trips. He will guide you to tarpon, bonefish, permit, redfish and snook. Duane has been guiding fly and light tackle anglers since 1988. His 24 years of professional guiding experience ensure that you are going to have the time of your life. Duane is one of those guides that are not happy till the angler is happy. He is patient and works tirelessly for each and every client. His list of return clients reads like a list of whose who of fly anglers however enjoys taking new clients to areas of the Keys they would otherwise miss. Duane’s reputation has made him one of the most popular guides in the Upper Keys and gained him high status with his peers. He is an Orvis endorsed guide and has been a member of Florida Keys Fishing Guide Association as long as he has been guiding.

Fishing with Captain Dave Perkins Fishing Charters in Key Largo

Captain Dave Perkins Fishing Charters

Key Largo, FL

Captain Dave Perkins offers professionally guided fishing charters in the Florida Keys (Tavernier, Islamorada, Key Largo & Plantation Key), Flamingo (Everglades National Park) and Florida Bay. These are some of the most productive waters in the world. The Florida Keys and Flamingo offer endless opportunities for exciting fishing action year round. I specialize in backcountry, reef, edge and offshore fishing which gives you an opportunity to relax in a wide variety of Nature’s most beautiful and surreal settings while pursuing the adrenaline rush of the screaming reel and the leaping fish. The species that we will target are Tarpon, Snook, Bonefish, Permit, Redfish, Trout, Snapper, Grouper, and several species of Sharks. They can be caught on spin, conventional or fly tackle. I use the best gear and tackle made, and take pride in its upkeep and maintenance. I offer day, evening and night fishing charters and can pick up our guests at any Key Largo, Tavernier, Islamorada and Plantation Key hotel. I have been fishing in the Florida Keys, Flamingo and around the world for over 25 years and I truly love it! Friends and clients can attest to my personable, easygoing, and friendly personality, please read my TripAdvisor reviews. I am always willing to share my knowledge, learn more, and am open to new ideas and techniques. Anglers of of all skill levels and ages are welcome! My background in teaching gives me good rapport with children. Running a summer fishing camp allows me the opportunity to interact and fish with kids of all ages. Finally, my charters are dog friendly; dogs are always welcome on my boats!

Fishing with Contagious Offshore Fishing in Islamorada

Contagious Offshore Fishing

Islamorada, FL

Say Hello to Brian Cone, Captain of the Contagious The Contagious is a 33-foot World Cat especially suited to provide smooth and comfortable travel to the best fishing spots in the ocean waters off Islamorada. Even the roughest days will be smooth in the Contagious! In the Florida Keys, Captain Brian Cone has gained a reputation as the hot hand when it comes to hunting dolphin and many other offshore species. When you fish on the Contagious you not only catch fish, but you learn a whole lot about Cone's techniques and what makes him so good as an expert at finding the fish. His passion and intensity for fishing and his easy way with customers, young and old, will surely make your day on the water a memory you will never forget! Captain Brian was raised in the Keys exploring the ocean since he was just a little tyke. After graduating from college, Brian couldn't wait to get back to the Florida Keys and his real love - fishing! As a kid, he got to know many of the local captains who knew how to go that extra mile and come back with record-book catches. Cone learned well from them. Now, still in his early 30s, he's the one that fishermen young and old love to listen to! His early times spent on the ocean gave him a special understanding and love of the water and turned a passion into a very rewarding career. Cone has been featured on ESPN and in many fishing publications, including Saltwater Sportsman, Center Console, and Men's Journal. Ever since he was a young teenager, with frequency Cone's name has been found at the top of the leader board at local fishing tournaments. Book a trip with Brian on the Contagious! You are sure to have a great day on the water.

Fishing with Catch 'Em All Sportfishing Charters in Marathon

Catch 'Em All Sportfishing Charters

Marathon, FL

Our Sportfishing Charters provides quality fishing adventures in the heart of the Florida Keys, featuring the fertile fishing grounds near Marathon and Islamorada, Florida. With our "No Fish - No Pay" Guarantee you'll be sure to have a great time catching lots of fish. We offer quality charter fishing adventures in Marathon, Florida the heart of the Florida Keys! With Capt. Jeff Shelar as your guide, you're guaranteed to enjoy the very best deep sea fishing Marathon, Florida has to offer. Backed by a "No Fish No Pay" guarantee, you'll feel confident you're in for a great time! Marathon, Florida is located right in the middle of the Florida Keys, and is surrounded by rich history, tourism attractions and of course a world class fishing haven. Our charter fishing trips around Marathon will pursue species such as tarpon, billfish, dolphin (Mahi Mahi), barracuda, grouper, jewfish, king mackerel, marlin, sailfish, shark, snapper, various types of tuna, and dozens of other sportfish species. Capt. Jeff Shelar will lead you on to a great day of Marathon Florida charter fishing on the crystal clear-blue water. Let us know what your perfect fishing trip would be and we'll do our best to exceed your expectations. Whether it's catching tarpon, dolphin (Mahi Mahi), sailfish, tuna, reef or backcountry species, we can..."Catch Em' All"! Key West and Key Largo, Florida offers some of the most diverse and plentiful sportfishing in the world year-round. Capt. Jeff Shelar will take you where the fish are for all major species including tarpon, marlin, bonefish, barracuda, grouper, shark, Mahi Mahi (dolphin), tuna and many others. Enjoy a day or more of charter fishing in the beautiful Florida climate aboard the 28ft. Custom Limited Bluewater Edition Parker which is well-equipped for the needs and comforts of today's sportfisherman.

Fishing with Florida Keys Reel Adventures in Marathon

Florida Keys Reel Adventures

Marathon, FL

Of all the reasons most people book a charter, most seek to take advantage of the wide variety of world class fishing opportunities that exist only here in the Florida Keys. I am a fisherman and fishing is my passion. It doesn’t matter if I’m ice fishing, catching bait, catching dinner, commercial fishing or chasing the most ferocious creature that swims. I just want to go fishing! So…let’s go! My boat is a 25′ Seacat catamaran center console fishing boat fully upgraded and updated with the best electronics and equipment for 2014. The Seacat is a wide and stable platform that I set up specifically to fit the custom charters that I offer to you. Powered by twin Yamaha 150 four stroke outboards, my boat delivers a quiet, efficient and smooth ride that outclasses the performance of any mono hull vessel near its size. Like a Swiss Army knife, the advantages of a catamaran hull allow me the flexibility to offer multiple activities within the same trip without compromise. With plenty of room for 6 customers, it doesn’t matter if we are shallow or deep, near or far. Daytime or night, above the water or diving below…..I am ready to cater to the custom trip you seek with the proper boat to get the job done well. I offer a variety of custom fishing trips. Offshore trolling, speed jigging and deep dropping, deep wreck fishing, reef fishing, tarpon fishing, shark fishing and bay fishing. No flats fishing just yet, but coming soon!

Fishing with Muzzy Sportfishing in Marathon

Muzzy Sportfishing

Marathon, FL

MEET FLORIDA KEY’S TOP FISHING CHARTER CAPTAIN RD GOODMAN Captain Randy Dale Goodman II was born on April 28th, 1988, at the Key West Hospital. His family roots are in the heart of the keys, Marathon Florida. People call him RD because his father’s name is Randy as well. When he was younger his family had received a great opportunity, so they had to move north to West Palm Beach where he went through school. No matter how far you took him from the keys he would always visit his grandparents for most of each of his summers growing up! His Grandfather and Grandma Lived off Key Colony Beach, and had a beautiful home. While growing up he spent most of his time Fishing, Snorkeling, Diving, Lobstering, or Spear Fishing! He has so many hobbies, also including Hunting, Sports, cooking, and can fix anything! RD graduated High School in West Palm Beach and while in school he juggled academics, volley ball, baseball, and always helping his family out. After High School he went to Fire Academy to become a Fire Fighter. Once he graduated Fire Academy he landed a job in Haines City FL, and just could not let him self move so far away from the ocean. RD always knew he wanted to work on the ocean or in it! So he took an opportunity to move back to Marathon, in the heart of the Keys, and be a true Conch. He got his captains license, and has been boating his whole life. RDs’ mother and father still live in West Palm Beach and he visits them often. When he visits he is always taking everyone fishing or spear fishing. The stories he has of the fishing, diving and sharks would amaze anyone. LETS GO FISHING! CAPTAIN “RD”

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