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 11/28/2020


Some crazy weather still moving around down here early in the week, but it finally got nice toward the end. Fishing was a little tougher than we like early on, but was good enough I suppose. A little mixed bag from sails to the reef, but as the winds started coming down things got better. It’s looking like the weekend is going to come together it fine, as the bite is picking up. Sails started biting better as of Friday, as some current moved in and got things fired up. Should be a good bite on the humps this weekend with the calmer seas as well, and bait fishing is solid, so live baiting may be pretty good out there. We are expecting these conditions throughout the weekend, so the fishing should only get better!


Not only the Sailfishing, but the reef and wrecks were getting happy as well. Still some nice Mahi in close too, so the variety right now is really good. Good numbers of kings on the reef and wrecks, plus a few nice AP’s and Wahoo.

Gulf and Bay:

We ventured in to Gulf waters on a recent outing while taking advantage of some beautiful Islamorada weather. The water was really clean and with that came some amazing fishing. Cobias and big bull redfish along with all the regular gulf residents made out for nonstop action fishing. The water cooled down and the Spanish Mackerel are starting to show up, great fishery for any type of angler. Anglers targeting Snappers around the channels and grassy areas in the bay reported good numbers of fish.

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:

We finally got some cooler weather and the fish in the Islamorada backcountry are loving it. The fishing in the Everglades National Park has been epic lately and will continue to be so. We have been fishing the Flamingo area and the bite has been spectacular with big numbers of Snook and Redfish. Anglers targeting fish up on the shallow flats are reporting great action with snook and redfish while casting flies and artificials. The snook fishing around the many island moats and shorelines in the backcountry has been great as well with nice Snappers, Tarpon and redfish. Anglers targeting Bonefish reported some great action while working the tides both ocean and bayside in Islamorada. Some big Permit are also around as well.

Around the Bridges:

Great action can be had while fishing the many Islamorada bridges and channels this time of the year. Groupers, Snappers, Jacks, Snook and Tarpon have all been part of the regular catches. It’s a great fishery to take advantage of on the windy days.

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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