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Fishing in Islamorada: All You Need to Know | FishingBooker

Fishing in Islamorada: All You Need to Know | FishingBooker

In this video, we’ll head down to the Florida
Keys to check out Islamorada, the “Sportfishing Capital Of the World!” We’ll talk to some of our local captains
about what makes fishing in Islamorada so unique and why it’s become a top destination
over the years. After watching this video, you’ll be ready
to explore the Keys and create lasting memories in the “Village of Islands!” Islamorada’s landscape has enchanted visitors
for centuries. When Spanish explorers first set foot here,
they couldn’t help but notice the purple sunset in the sky above. This gave way to its name, “Isla Morada,”
which in Spanish means “purple island.” The town occupies just over six square miles
of land – a thin stretch of islands separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Florida Bay. Its unique geographical location provides
some of the most diverse fishing grounds in the world. What I love about fishing in the Keys is that
you can do 12 months of fishing. You don’t have to worry about cold weather
or anything crazy like that. We have…they call it the sportfishing capital
of the world because you can catch more species than anywhere else. What’s really cool about Islamorada is you
can go backcountry fishing for Snook in the morning and go out on the Swordfish in the
evening. We have all types of game fish here – the
big estuary system of Florida Bay for Bonefish, Permit, Pompano, Tarpon, Cobia. And then we have, right out our front door,
three miles out, is an ocean full of ocean fish. Just 15 miles offshore you can fish the Islamorada
Hump, an underwater seamount located right in the middle of the Gulf Stream. This area hosts a wide range of bait and game
fish, making it an ideal feeding ground for large predators such as Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish,
Marlin, and various Shark species. On the Atlantic side, you can hit some amazing
reefs for an exciting bottom fishing trip that will reap lots of delicious rewards. Pickles, Conch, and Alligator Reefs are popular
areas where you can reel in lots of Grouper and Snapper species, as well as Triggerfish,
Blackfin Tuna, and Hogfish. There are lots of shipwrecks scattered along
the coast as well. These underwater structures contain loads
of game fish just waiting to put up a fight! Locations such as Eagle Wreck and Spiegel
Grove hold large amounts of Barracuda, Wahoo, Mahi, and many other species. You can’t talk about fishing in Islamorada
without mentioning its amazing flats fishing opportunities. With easy access to the Key Largo flats in
the north and Marathon flats to the south, Islamorada is smack dab in the middle of some
of Florida’s best inshore action. My heart is in Snook fishing when it comes
to the backcountry fishing. I just love Snook. It comes naturally. My dad was a Snook-a-holic and I guess I have
a little bit of it too. I love the pursuit of going up against mangroves
and stuff and having to work to get them out and everything and then the reward of such
a beautiful fish that we only have here in South Florida. They’re not anywhere else in the continental
United States. So to here, they’re our treasure. Favorite type of fish is probably going to
be Dolphin and Tuna fishing during the summertime. I do love the bottom fishing though. So there’s bottom fishing which is Mutton
Snappers and Yellowtails, and then we have Groupers and Snappers. And then we go to the deeper waters and drop
to 400 feet for other types of Snappers. But what I really like to do is run out and
catch Dolphin and fill the coolers up. The best part about planning a fishing trip
in Islamorada is that no matter when you visit, you’ll have a good shot at catching lots
of fish. The winter months are excellent for bottom
fishing over reefs and wrecks. The best time probably is wintertime, right
now. This time of year, we have all the migratory
fish like Cobia. From January 1 to December 30, there’s always
something to catch. Throughout the year, you can catch something
or more of lots of things. It truly is a wonderful, wonderful place for
sportfishing. Islamorada fishing charters usually provide
bait and tackle on board. Many captains will also offer to clean and
fillet your fish for you, so you can head straight to the Lazy Days Diner and have your
catch cooked fresh for an enjoyable dinner with the family. There’s no need to purchase a fishing license
on your own. Just come straight to the marina with any
essential items you may need like sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and a cooler for your catch. Islamorada is full of adventure and great
for the whole family. Whether you plan to go fishing, diving, or
just relaxing on the beach, this town’s got a little something for everyone. So get ready for an exciting journey, visit, and get ready for a fun day of fishing in Islamorada. We want to hear about your experiences fishing
in Islamorada! Drop us a comment and tell us about your favorite
fish to target, your go-to spots, and which techniques you use, and let us know which
destination you’d like to see next!

1 comment on “Fishing in Islamorada: All You Need to Know | FishingBooker

  1. Drop a comment and let us know about your experiences fishing in Islamorada. What are some of your favorite fish to target, go-to spots, and top techniques?

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