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 08/19/2019


Some pretty nice weather down here this week, and even though the fishing was a little tough early on with the moon, it has picked up nicely toward the end of the week. Mahi fishing is mainly what I’m talking about as a couple current edges have set up in 700’ and 900’ and the fishing is right back on track. The sword ledge offshore has remained good this week with still good numbers being put up, but not a lot of size. 140 pounds was the best I heard this week, but a bunch of them caught so pretty good. The tunas and AJ’s were good on the humps all week too, so offshore fishing should be good for the weekend.


The wreck fishing remains the same this week with lots of sharks and Jacks mostly. A few kings this week, and a couple Muttons. Nothing to write home about on the wrecks or the reef. The water temps today were 91 degrees, so this could be a long summer on the table fare side of the reef. I’m sure with a storm or two, some wind, or just something to dirty up the water things could change with some good current. We will have to wait and see I suppose as it is that time of year.

Gulf and Bay:

The Snapper bite has been great while fishing the grassy bottom from Sandy Key all the way to Sprigger Bank around the park boundaries. We have been bouncing white 1/2 oz Pompano jigs on the bottom while drifting for a mixed bag of big Trout, Snappers, Ladyfish, Bluefish and many more. The boats that have been venturing to fish the wrecks in gulf waters are reporting great action with big Sharks, Snappers, Goliath Groupers, Permit and a few Cobia. On a recent trip with a great family from England we had a blast catching big Trout, Sharks, Cobia and many more.

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:


If you can take the hot temperatures in the Florida Keys backcountry you will be rewarded with some great catches. The fishing on the Everglades National Park has been phenomenal lately. The mainland shoreline from Key Largo to Flamingo has been holding Redfish, Snook, Trout, Jacks and some Tarpon as well. Live baits have been best but plenty of action can be had with artificials. Flamingo has been typical for this time of the year. Schools of Redfish are patrolling the shallow areas with Snook and Tarpon not far behind. Work with the tides and you will be more successful. If you want something big to tug on your line a dead bait on the bottom around the deeper channels will get your workout going. Look for the mainland shoreline as you head west towards the Cape to be productive as well with a great Snook and Redfish bite. Fish the creeks and shorelines in the East Cape canal area for Snook and Reds with plenty of Shark and Tarpon as well. Anglers fishing the shorelines from Cape Sable north keep encountering a great bite of Snook with Redfish mixed in. Live baits like pilchards and Pinfish will be deadly but Berkley Gulp baits and DOAs soft plastics will also get the job done.

The bonefish bite remains best early morning with the cooler water temperature with some Permit around the deeper edges of the flats and banks, concentrate on the deeper edges of the flats and banks where the water temperature will be the lowest.

Around the Bridges:

The Tarpon bite around the local bridges and channels remains good around sunrise and sunset. We had a live well full of pilchards on a recent trip and had a blast with the local Tarpon. We also caught Groupers, Snappers and Jacks. This fishery will only get better as the boat traffic should slow down in the weeks to come. Good Luck on the water!

Fishing Report provided by: Captain Juan Garcia 305-297-0438, and Captain James Chappell 305-803-1321

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