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Islamorada Florida Fishing & Charters


Islamorada Florida fishing is some of the best in the world.  Whether you are interested in deep sea fishing or plying the waters of the Keys back country, it's doubtful that you'll go home empty-handed.

Charter fishing in Islamorada is big business, but you really should make reservations, especially in season. Walk-up spots may be available, but don't count on it!

And once you have your catch safely fileted and cleaned, many of the local restaurants will cook your catch for you!

Islamorada Florida Fishing, Charter BoatSome of the many fish you can find in the local waters include mahi-mahi, wahoo, tuna, marlin, grouper and snapper.  But that's by no means a comprehensive list!

Islamorada Deep Sea Fishing & Reef Fishing

Deep sea fishing in Islamorada, Florida is awesome. But even if you didn't bring a boat of your own, there are options.  The most expensive is to charter a boat (see the special section, below). 

If you can't quite afford a private charter fishing trip, try booking a spot on a party boat (sometimes also know as a drift boat).  Usually the boat goes out for reef fishing (think snapper and grouper), for somewhere between 3 and 6 hours.

The cost for a spot on a part boat varies on the length of the trip, but around $40 is a good number to start with. 

On an Islamorada party boat, snapper and grouper are usually the big catches.  No guarantees that you'll even get a nibble, although most people do catch something -- and sometimes a lot of something! 

Charter Fishing Islamorada

See the picture on the right?  That was just part of the mahi-mahi (dolphin) catch when my husband David went to Islamorada for a fishing charter in July, 2007. Islamorada Florida Fishing, Charter Boat Catch of Mahi-Mahi

Although Islamorada, Florida fishing charters tend to be quite pricy (starting at around $450 for a half day), charter fishing is a magnificent want to experience the Florida Keys.

Here are a couple of hints if you plan on booking a private charter boat:

Make your reservation ahead of time, if at all possible.  While there are a ton of boats, there are also a ton of people wanting to fish these waters.

If you can't make your reservation in advance for some reason, go down to the dock (Bud 'N Mary's is a good one) at around lunch or at the end of the day, and see what charter boats are pulling in the fish.  Then try and make a reservation.  You might get lucky with one for the next day, but don't be surprised if you have to wait a few days or a week.

Don't forget -- deep sea fishing isn't the only kind available in Islamorada -- there are back country guides as well!  Florida Bay is shallow and almost always calm, and a good guide can find all kinds of fishing spots.

Islamorada Florida Fishing

If you are in the Keys, and it's at all possible, you really should try wetting a line here.  Islamorada Florida is one of the most fabulous places in the world to do so!

Fish on!

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