is referred to by many as the"Sportfishing Capital
of the World" and rightfully so. More world record
fish have been caught from our waters than any other location
on earth. Where else can you fish for Bonefish, Tarpon, Snook, trout and Permit in
the the Florida Bay and then go for Marlin, Sailfish and Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) with
just a short run offshore?
What makes Islamorada such a hot spot for fishing? There's
something in the water. the Gulf Stream of the Atlantic Ocean,
Bay and and
of Mexico all surrounding this chain of
islands off the southern tip of Florida called the Florida
Keys. Every warm water gamefish that swims in our hemisphere
can be found here at one time of the year or another.
charter boat captains and guides in
the surrounding Keys are some of the best in the world.
They are professionals and have usually spent many years
on the waters off the Florida Keys learning the local fishing
spots and the techniques necessary to catch fish in our
clear waters. In fact, some of today's guides and captains
are children of charter boat captains who grew up fishing
this area and learned these techniques with their parents
fishermen know that there is no substitute for local Knowledge and
this is why chartering a local captain and guide is so important.
No one can make the fish bite but being in the right place
at the right time with the right tide and the right bait
can make the difference between just having a relaxing day
fishing our beautiful waters or catching the fish you dream
Fly fishing has become an extremely popular form of
the Florida Keys. Here in Islamorada they fish for everything
from Spotted Trout to Blue Marlin on fly. Tarpon and Bonefish
are two of the more popular targets for fly fishermen in
the Florida keys. In fact, my neighbor, Craig
Brewer, a native of Islamorada and long time, second generation
took one of his clients to a world record 14 lb.plus
Bonefish on fly. What a thrill to hook one of these guys
on a fly!
on saltwater fly fishing is usually a part of the charter
service but make sure to ask your captain ahead of time if
this is the case. Some Captains welcome anglers new to fly
fishing and some will only take experienced fly anglers.
You will find charter fishing the offshore waters around Islamorada to
be easy and enjoyable. No long, time consuming runs out to the fishing
grounds. In the winter months you can fish for Sailfish right after
you get past the reef and in the summer months when waters are
usually calm it might take a little longer run out to the weed lines
for Dolphin but I can tell you after fishing the Carolinas, this
is cake. Some guides even come in for lunch at some of Islamorada's restaurants!
From Sailfish and Marlin, reel-smoking Wahoo and Dolphin, to delicious
Yellowtail, Mutton Snapper, Grouper and Kingfish, there's something
to catch year round here in the Florida Keys.
Backcountry fishing is fishing "outback" or in the
beautiful Florida Bay. Here Redfish,
Snook, Sea Trout, Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit and many other fish
are sought after by anglers from all over the world. White Herons,
Egrets, Pelicans, Roseate Spoonbills, Ospreys and many other
highlight the skies over the green waters of the Bay and Everglades
National Park. The seas are usually a light chop to calm which
make for a comfortable ride on the guide boats. These boats
are open outboards which vary in size but usually run between
17 and 21 foot and are designed to run in very shallow water.
They comfortable carry a captain (guide) and two
There's a category
of backcountry fishing in the Florida Keys is called "FLATS"
fishing. The major sportfishes sought
technique are Bonefish, Permit and small Tarpon. This type
of fishing is really a cross between hunting and fishing. Most
times after running out to a likely spot, considering tide
and conditions, the guide quietly poles the boat along the
flats (very shallow water) trying to sight
fish are very spooky and care has to be taken not to scare
them off. Once your prey is spotted, you must work your way
to them and present your bait or fly with care. When they hit
When it comes to water, this is one
of the most beautiful areas of the US. The captains are the
best available anywhere so saddle up. It's
a great adventure with some of the best fishing
find anywhere in the world.