Many fishermen refer to Islamorada in the Florida Keys as the “Sport Fishing Capital of The World”. The gulf streams gorgeous tropical waters are flowing only a few short miles from the sun kissed sandy shores and provide rich fishing opportunities for the lucky fishermen that have the privilege to cast lines here as it is more than likely that they will end up with a prized fish.
Best caught in the months of March and April are the notorious blue marlin. January through March, you will most likely catch the wonderful cobia and April through July; keep an eye out for the delectable mahi-mahi. Beginning in November and lasting through March you can fish for all kinds of grouper and September through March you have a chance at the sturdy kingfish. In February you will catch the lovely sailfish that are so abundant in the Atlantic around then and the flavorful yet elusive snapper fish are around all year long. Snapper are great for children to fish as they have been known to be caught right from the dock just like yellowtail. However, you will most likely find yellowtail beginning in April and lasting through June. May through July, the famous “silver king” tarpon reign during these months but if you prefer amazing tuna, be sure to schedule a trip somewhere between December and February. While these months are the best time to find these fish, each and every one of them can still be caught all year round. No wonder Islamorada is so well known!
Fishermen from all over the world flock here to try their hand at the famous fishing this destination has to offer. With hundreds of backcountry guides and charter boats available in the Florida Keys, the majority of them are in the Islamorada location. One call to the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce can get you all the information you need regarding the boats and guides available to choose from.
Equally popular here are the many fishing tournaments like The Islamorada Sailfish Tournament, Islamorada Swordfish Tournament, George Bush Cheeca Lodge Bonefish Tournament, Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge, The $25,000 Winner-Take All Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish, and The “Captains Take the Cup”. Don’t forget to come well equipped with luck!
Of course, there are dozens of bait and tackle shops to choose from. Don’t have a boat? You can easily rent one here and launch it from one of the many public boat ramps and marinas that do nothing but cater to the many fishermen. You can also find a great deal of beautiful resorts, hotels and restaurants for relaxing in after long days either under or on the water, so bring the entire family!