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 03/26/2020


What a week here in the upper Florida Keys, as we have had some windy weather which has made conditions less than favorable. The change in pressure, as well as the increasing winds, has made for less than favorable conditions. Even though we are in the “Sportfishing Capital of the World” things can get tough from time to time. Even though the conditions have been tough, we have still managed to put a catch together. Not exactly what we prefer, but when the gods hand you lemons….you know the rest. This week has been a “pick” as the variety has been the name of the game. Spot to spot fishing that with a couple or three fish on each spot until the fish box becomes acceptable. Kings were biting pretty decent early, then a tuna or two, followed up by a few muttons, and maybe a sail. Finish up the day with a sail, or something else on the kite. Not horrible, but definitely been a grind it out kind of week. Had the usual rallies of bar jacks and Bonita to keep the rods bent, but you got to take the good with the bad sometimes. It wasn’t always constant action, even though we like it that way, but as much as I hate to say it sometimes it’s called fishing. We have definitely made the best of it. The good news is that this messy weather and wind is going to be out of the north for the weekend and will be much more tolerable. The current finally moved back in as of Thursday, so things are looking up. Just a temporary setback this week, as you know we can’t help the weather.


Looking forward to this weekend, and to see what it brings. The sailfishing should pick back up with this current, and most everything else should pick up as well. The patch reefs should be red hot as the shrimp should be running from the bay, and the shallow bite should really fire up. The deep reef is the only thing I think will be slow as the Yellowtails do not like the cooler water.

Gulf and Bay:

We also fished the gulf recently and had a great time catching Mackerel, Bluefish, Trout, Sharks, Snappers and many more. Pinfish, Pilchards and Shrimp kept my anglers busy with constant action and a box full of fish for the fish fry. The Tarpon are here and the fly guy’s are after them. Captain Brett Greco had some great reports of action packed sight fishing. His anglers have been putting some big fish boat side making for some unforgettable memories.

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:

We have been doing some social distancing out in the Islamorada backcountry. The fishing in the flamingo area has been great. Lots of Snook, Redfish, Trout and others have been keeping anglers busy. The shallow water skiffs reported some really good sight fishing for Redfish and Snook on the shallow flats in the flamingo area. We mostly fished around island moats and edges of flats with great success. The guides targeting bonefish around the local flats and banks reported great action with multiple shots at fish along with great catches.

Around the Bridges:

The Tarpon are here and mostly everyone that targeted them was rewarded with the silver king experience. Most of the bites have been with dead mullet on the bottom or live mullet on the surface. Along with the Tarpon some big Jacks have been terrorizing the mullets and keeping anglers busy with great fights. Snappers and Groupers are being caught on the bottom baits as well.

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

Tailing tarpon

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