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 11/16/2021


The weather this week has been tough, but we have managed to get through it.  The offshore scene is still showing with a few mahi and the tunas are still pretty good on the hump.  We have been seeing some nicer fish move in on the deeper wrecks while chumming and kite fishing, but the big body is still offshore on the sea mounts.


The wreck fishing has picked up this week with a better bite from the mutton snappers, and the sharks have been a little nicer with the water temps cooling off.  Plenty of kings in these areas and a few wahoo and sails.  The vermillion snappers have been stacked up pretty good on these deeper wrecks too, especially to the north, so these have been a welcomed site.  A few groupers, jacks, and bonitas as well.  The reef bite has been getting better too with the yellowtails, so there are plenty of options.  Let’s not forget about the sailfish either, as those who have been targeting them have been getting 3-5 shots per day with some scallywags mixed in while kite fishing.  Things are looking up for the weekend with some nicer weather forecast, so we will see what it will bring!

Gulf and Bay:

The park boundary areas from Sprigger Bank to Sandy Key are full of life with nice Trout, Snappers and schools of Spanish Mackerel. Drifting the grass bottom in between banks while casting artificials or jigs with live shrimp will get great action. Anchor up on an area with good current flow and get the chum slick going for a fun time. The Gulf fishery will continue to get better as more Cobia, Spanish Mackerel and many more continue to come our way. The Tripletails are showing up on the trap line buoys so keep your eyes open on your way to your favorite fishing hole.

Backcountry, Flats and Flamingo:

Typical fall weather pattern lately, we had some beautiful days last week and some ugly ones as well. The Redfish bite throughout the park has been decent. Fish the deeper channels and runoffs in the Snake bite area as well as adjacent Island moats for a mixed bag of Reds, Trout and Snook. Out in the Cape Sable area expect the bite to continue to produce great catches of Redfish, Trout, Snook and some Black Drum. Live Shrimp on a 1/4 oz jig bounced on the bottom will get anybody’s attention. Artificial baits like DOA Jerk baits are a great option as well. The bait has been very easy to find, get your live well full of pilchards and use them to spice things up at your favorite fishing hole. Look for the birds to be diving on the bait early in the morning around the Oceanside shoreline throughout Islamorada.

The Bonefish bite improved some last week after the winds came down. There has been some Permit cruising around the deeper edges of the Oceanside flats so keep an eye out for them and be ready.

Around the Bridges:

Live wells full of live baits have been providing some great action around the Islamorada bridges and channels with an array of species. Overall great fishing going on in the Islamorada backcountry fishing!

Fishing Reports provided by Captain James Chappell of Catchalottafish Charters   (305-803-1321) and Juan Garcia of Beats Land Charter (305-297-0438).

*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.