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 01/26/2020


What a cold front we just had come through, with temperatures dropping into the high 40’s. Residents of our island seemed a frozen as the iguanas, and for a couple days didn’t leave their homes. It’s pretty funny for most tourists, but man was it cold! Approaching the end of the week most of us began to thaw out and get back to work. The winds have subsided making for some great fishing conditions, and coming toward the weekend things are pretty much back to normal. Fishing this past week has been pretty solid all around. The cooler temps had most fish pretty fired up other than the snappers. Sails, kings, Tunas, jacks, and a few wahoo were caught after the thaw, and the cobia have even shown up. Further offshore, the sword ledge has been producing some nice fish as well, so things are pretty solid right now for sure.


The deep reef bite was on the slow side with the Yellowtails this week, and I wouldn’t expect much after this blow for a while. I’d focus on the patch reefs as a lot of the deeper fish will be moving in shallow to feed on the shrimp running with the front. Sunday especially should be great patch reef fishing.

Gulf and Bay:

The Spanish Mackerel bite has been red hot lately. This is a great fishery for any type of angler looking for lots of action and hard fighting fish. Some big Kingfish were also caught while Mackerel fishing along with Cobia and many more. Running the trap lines for Tripletail west of Sandy Key has been very productive as well. The areas around Schooner and Blue Bank have been holding some nice Trout along with Spanish Mackerel and other rod benders. Popping corks and DOA artificials have been catching some nice fish.

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:

We had some windy days lately along with some beautiful days as well. The fishing in the Islamorada backcountry continued to be great no matter what the weather conditions were. The flamingo area remains pretty consistent with Redfish, Snook, Trout and Blackdrum. We have mostly been fishing the edges of flats and island moats. Shrimp and a 1/4 oz jigshead slowly worked on the bottom were getting the bites. Some nice Tarpon catches where also reported on the warm days. Anglers up on the flats in the Flamingo area reported multiple shots at redfish along with some nice Snook. Fly’s and artificials baits rigged weedless where working great. Same goes for the Cape Sable area, great action and lots of happy anglers. Back around town anglers targeting bonefish took advantage of the nicer days to put together some great catches.

Around the Bridges:

Snappers, Groupers, Jacks, Snook and many more have all been regularly caught while fishing the local bridges and channels around Islamorada. Pilchards, Shrimp or chunk bait will get win the action. This fishery has been a great option 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.

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