Fishing Reports

Islamorada Fishing is world class. There are not many spots on this planet that can offer the diverse fishing available in Islamorada. Offshore, Patch Reef, Gulf and Bay, Back County, Everglades, the Flamingo, and Bridges are all active destinations for the largest fishing fleet in the world. The species are endless. Some favorites include tarpon, permit, bonefish, redfish, snook, shark, sailfish, mahi, wahoo, backfin tuna, hogfish and many species of snapper. Epic does not even do justice to describing the fishing in Islamorada. Islamorada Times provides the most current and accurate fishing reports in all the Florida Keys.

Fishing Report 02/27/2021


A pretty great week here in Islamorada and the Upper Florida Keys! We have had some pretty good weather this week, and some really great fishing to go with it! The offshore bite this week has been right on time with some good current moving in close to the reef, bringing a few early Mahi and good numbers of blackfin Tunas on the wrecks. Still good numbers of kings, and a few wahoo as well. Lots of Bonita around these areas and even a few sails showing up again, so the fishing is really picking up!


Satisfaction Carters limiting out on yellowtail

The reef bite was strong this week with a great bite of yellowtail snappers, and lots of cero mackerel. Some kings and sails in the area as well. Even a few packs of cobia found on the rays, so we are definitely looking forward to this picking up. It’s been nearly impossible with the dirty water we’ve had the past several weeks. Looking like we are definitely on the upswing, and off to an incredible start as spring approaches.

Gulf and Bay:

The bite in the gulf has been spotty lately, some days the Spanish Mackerel bite is great and others it’s not. Look for this to continue as Spring time weather settles in. If the Mackerel don’t show up no worries cause there are plenty of other species to keep anglers busy. The Shark bite continues to improve as well as the Snappers.

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:

I’m sure last week everybody thought it was summer time here in the Florida Keys backcountry. Anglers targeting Tarpon on Fly took great advantage of the many pods of fish that pushed through our area probably thinking Spring was here. As long as the water temperatures stay in the 72 degrees or more range this fish are going to continue to push our way making for an early start to Tarpon season. The Flamingo area keeps being productive especially for the shallow drafted boats that can get in skinny water on the edges of dried up flats on the lower stages of the tides. For the bigger boats try casting live shrimp way up on the runoffs and let it sit for a Redfish to find. There has also been a couple of nice snook caught this way as well. The bite has been spotty but if you put your time to it you will be rewarded with some really nice fish.

The Trout bite in the park continue to pick up with some great action fishing mullet muds, deep edges of grass flats and all the regular trout spots. Casting DOA soft plastics under a popping cork is a good way to find the fish. Anglers continue to pick at Redfish, Snook, Blackdrum and Sheepshead along the creeks, ditches, and mainland shorelines in the East Cape Sable area. The best action has been working the shorelines from middle Cape up to Shark River. Many anglers continue to take advantage of the Tarpon that are starting to show up in the same areas. Fish live baits or throw Plugs in the area were the fish are holding for a chance at a hook up. As long as we stay in this warming trend the number of Tarpon making their way to our area will keep improving. So if the conditions are right it might pay off big time to do a little early season Tarpon fishing. Bone fishing remains spotty depending on the weather conditions. Take advantage of the warmer middle parts of the day and when visibility conditions are at their best. Bone fishing remains spotty depending on the weather conditions. Take advantage of the warmer middle parts of the day and when visibility conditions are at their best.

Around the Bridges:

There has been some decent action while fishing around the Islamorada bridges. Big Jack, Tarpon, snappers and many more have all bee regular catches. With the warming trend more Tarpon will keep making their way to our area.

Fishing Report provided by: Captain Juan Garcia 305-297-0438 for backcountry charters, and Captain James Chappell 305-803-1321 for offshore charters.

*Please email or call/text 484-919-2133 for referrals and recommendations for the best Captains and Guides in Islamorada and the surrounding Florida Keys.