Gulf of Mexico

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Location:
Islamorada, FL
United States United States
Coordinates:
24.9243, -80.6278
Description:

Come visit the tropical waters of the Florida Keys.

Whether you take the boat to the blue waters of the Gulf Stream to catch Sailfish, Wahoo, Dolphin (Mahi), Kings, Tuna or Marlin or fish the tropical waters of the Florida Keys coast or Gulf of Mexico for Cobia, Grouper, Spanish Mackerel or Shark we have the fishing here for you!

Big game fishing is king in the Islamorada area; the many celebrities of the past and present who have been drawn here would attest to that fact. The Gulf Stream comes in close and that is where you find the fish. Islamorada boasts the largest concentration of fishing boats in the Florida Keys. If the price tag for a private charter is beyond your means, you can always reserve a place on a party boat. Bridge fishing is very popular too, but you do need your own equipment and a license. Many restaurants in the area will cook your catch.

Many interesting dive sites grace the waters around Islamorada. Alligator Reef Light, Davis Reef (with its statue of Buddha), Horseshoe Reef (with its statue of Jesus) and Pickles Reef are only a few. The San Pedro Underwater Archeological Preserve and the Eagle site are great for wreck diving. Snorkelers can have great fun at Cheeca Rocks, located 600 yards out from Cheeca Lodge, and Hens and Chickens Reef, with its huge coral heads and caves.

Cover/Structure:

Reefs, wrecks, ledges.

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Power Boats Allowed, Swimming Area, Shore fishing access, Restrooms, Beach, Fly Fishing, Wading, Floating, Bait shop on site, Marina
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Fishing Reports

almost 2 years ago (12/03/2012)

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 12.03.12

  The last few days of November we had here look to be fairly windy, so I was glad to get out and enjoy some fun fishing for myself on 11/28/12.  We hit a couple gulf spots early in the day on the last of the falling tide.  Caught a cobia and nice redfish both on pinfish on different spots, hit a few more though no other luck.  When the tide started coming in we ran back to cape sable and looked in one of the creeks back there.  Had a slow pick of redfish, catch...
almost 2 years ago (12/03/2012)

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 12.03.12

  The last few days of November we had here look to be fairly windy, so I was glad to get out and enjoy some fun fishing for myself on 11/28/12.  We hit a couple gulf spots early in the day on the last of the falling tide.  Caught a cobia and nice redfish both on pinfish on different spots, hit a few more though no other luck.  When the tide started coming in we ran back to cape sable and looked in one of the creeks back there.  Had a slow pick of redfish, catch...
about 2 years ago (09/19/2012)

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 09.19.12

          Last week I had a good friend of mine in town fishing the Islamorada-Sarasota Shootout . Frank and I fished in an 18 foot Dolphin Skiff because my brand new Mercury Verado was broke down again! (btw any ideas besides buying a Yamaha?)        We pre-fished Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday finding all the big trout and snook we needed to win. We also found lots of small tarpon, redfish, and unfortunately, some...
about 2 years ago (09/19/2012)

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 09.19.12

          Last week I had a good friend of mine in town fishing the Islamorada-Sarasota Shootout . Frank and I fished in an 18 foot Dolphin Skiff because my brand new Mercury Verado was broke down again! (btw any ideas besides buying a Yamaha?)        We pre-fished Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday finding all the big trout and snook we needed to win. We also found lots of small tarpon, redfish, and unfortunately, some...
about 2 years ago (09/19/2012)

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 09.19.12

          Last week I had a good friend of mine in town fishing the Islamorada-Sarasota Shootout . Frank and I fished in an 18 foot Dolphin Skiff because my brand new Mercury Verado was broke down again! (btw any ideas besides buying a Yamaha?)        We pre-fished Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday finding all the big trout and snook we needed to win. We also found lots of small tarpon, redfish, and unfortunately, some big-...

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 04.12.12

The winds subsided the last couple of days to flat calm, giving some new options on florida keys backcountry charters.  Capt. Jim Willcox fished the gulf the last few days, running far back 30-40 miles to some wrecks.  They had some big sharks, goliath groupers, cobia, permit, and tripletail.  Capt. Rick Stanczyk fished off the cape, reporting several big sharks, mud marlins, and a big tarpon today.  They also caught plenty of big trout and tripletail on the way home.&nb...
almost 3 years ago (02/16/2012)

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 02.16.12

Hello once again from the "Sportsfishing Capital of the World" Islamorada, Key Largo and the Florida Keys fishing. Well the waters out in the Gulf have cooled down a bit and the Spanish Mackerel run continues heat up. on a average four hour Charter nets up to 30 of these great fighting fish about 24 to 36" in size, we are also catching Pompano, Spinner Sharks and Spotted Seatrout too. In Flamingo in the Everglades National Park the Redfishing has really turned on, they have b...
Skins and Fins Charters/Captain Ted Benbow
almost 3 years ago (01/03/2012)

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 01.03.12

Greeting once again from the "Sportsfishing Capital of the World" Islamorada, Key Largo and the Florida Keys fishing. Well the waters out in the Gulf have cooled down a bit and the Spanish Mackerel run has really started to heat up, an average four hour Charter nets up to 30 of these great fighting fish about 24 to 36" in size. In Flamingo in the Everglades National Park the Redfish and Snook have been hanging around in the channels and run offs. Thes...
Captain Ted Benbow
almost 3 years ago (11/29/2011)

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 11.29.11

Greeting once again from the "Sportsfishing Capital of the World" Islamorada, Key Largo and the Florida Keys fishing. Well the waters out in the Gulf have cooled down a bit and the Spanish Mackerel run has really started to heat up, an average four hour Charter nets up to 30 of these great fighting fish. There  fish provide great action for the whole family! On the Backcountry Everglades trips we are still catching good numbers of Redfish and some Snook. Captain Donnie a...
Capt. Richard Burson
about 3 years ago (11/23/2011)

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 11.23.11

We are catching Spanish Mackerel ,Snapper, Sea trout,and more in the Gulf right now .It has been very productive and steady.In Flamingo the Redfish have been steady .If you want some great action fishing and catching ,its time to get on the water. R U Fishing Yet??  ...
about 3 years ago (11/07/2011)

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 11.07.11

Capt. Rick Stanczyk fished two half days today on 11/3/11. This morning had Keith Krunk down with a group also fishing Capt. Jack Backus and Capt. Ed Cale. We fished out west trying for spanish mackerels since a few have been showing up since the temperatures have dropped. Today the wind fell down to 5-10 mph, from blowing over 25 mph yesterday out of the north! Lots of cool air, but at least not so rough today! The macks did not bite great this morning with the in tide, though we caught a han...
about 3 years ago (09/27/2011)

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 09.27.11

Greeting once again from the "Sportsfishing Capital of the World" Islamorada, Key Largo and the Florida Keys. Mother nature brought a load of rain the end of the weekend and washed out the backcountry fishing trips for this past Sunday and Monday, but not to worry, the for cast for the rest of the week calls for only a 30% chance of rain and we will be back to normal for this time of the year.     Out in the Everglades the Redfishing has been as good as I can remember...
Skins and Fins Charters Capt. Ted Benbow
about 3 years ago (09/19/2011)

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 09.19.11

Greeting once again from the "Sportsfishing Capital of the World" Islamorada, Key Largo and the Florida Keys.     This past week with the strong moon tides the Redfishing was outstanding!! Large numbers of Redfish up to 30 inches were caught on the mid morning trips to the Everglade National Park.   Captain Donnie Benbow and I had a few group trips early in the week out in the Gulf were our two groups of three anglers caught large numbers of BIG Spotted seatr...

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 08.17.11

Greeting once again from the " Sportfishing Capital of the World" The Florida Keys and Islamorada.   The summer heat is here and the Fishing is even hotter!   Talking to my Son and partner Capt Donnie Benbow, He has been doing a good job of catching the morning Islamorada Bonefish. He and I  Have also been catching good numbers of Redfish in the Flamingo/ Everglades area, some tarpon and Big Sharks. In the afternoon it's all been Spotted seatrout, large numb...
RJS Charters Capt. Rick Stanczyk
over 3 years ago (07/29/2011)

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 07.29.11

It's not all about lobster mini season this week here while Florida keys fishing! Capt. Rick Stanczyk fished a full day in the backcountry today on 7/28/11 and had a wonderful time. The wind was howling almost 20 knots most the day - very unusual for July! Though it kept the heat & sweat down for the most part which was a welcome change. With thousands of people in the water snorkeling and diving looking for those caribbean crawlers, we ran way in the backcountry and only saw one other boa...
over 3 years ago (06/22/2011)

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 06.22.11

Capt. Rick Stanczyk fished all day today in the florida keys fishing with Jeff Cohen family. We ran back in the everglades and it was very nice back there, mildly overcast so not too hot and a good east southeastish breeze. We drifted in some of the bays back there where the water looked nice and dirty and the trout bite was ON! We caught our limit of nice ones up to over 20 inches, plus released a lot more. Also caught some ladyfish and snappers too. This was nice too see as the trout bites b...
over 3 years ago (04/12/2011)

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 04.12.11

Capt. Rick Stanczyk had a wonderful day in the islamorada backcountry fishing along with several other guides as well! He fished Roger Barry and his son James from the U.K. Roger fished with his father Richard Stanczyk almost 20 years ago for tarpon down here and loved fishing with him because Richard was always sharing his knowledge of fishing with him! Well today was a treat for them, we caught and released two tarpon up to 60 lbs on the spinning rods which was a lot of fun! Roger also caugh...
over 3 years ago (04/08/2011)

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Report 04.08.11

The past few years my friend Jon Patten from England has come over in search of big fish. Last year he caught 3 broadbill swordfish with me and mentioned he had always wanted to catch a big tiger shark. I told him April would be his best bet, but there was no guarantee. When Jon showed up this morning for his Islamorada Fishing Trip he was stoked. At 7 a.m. we headed offshore in search for a sea monster. Jon managed to catch a 40 lb amberjack right away and we sent it down for a big shark. We...

Fish

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Amberjack, Lesser (Seriola fasciata)

31
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Barracuda, Great (Sphyraena barracuda)

104
Bonefish

Bonefish (Albula vulpes)

36
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Cobia (Rachycentron canadum)

117
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Dolphinfish, Common (Coryphaena hippurus)

169
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Drum, Black (Pogonias cromis)

144
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Drum, Red (Saltwater) (Sciaenops ocellatus)

466
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Flounder, Gulf (Paralichthys albigutta)

148
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Grouper, Black (Mycteroperca bonaci)

153
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Grouper, Gag (Mycteroperca microlepis)

167
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Grouper, Goliath (Epinephelus itajara)

69
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Grouper, Red (Epinephelus morio)

137
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Jack, Crevalle (Caranx hippos)

184
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Kingfish, Gulf (Menticirrhus littoralis)

48
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Ladyfish (Elops saurus)

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Little Tunny (Euthynnus alletteratus)

93
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Mackerel, Spanish (Scomberomorous maculatus)

249
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Permit (Trachinotus falcatus)

49
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Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus)

123
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Sea Bass, Black (Centropris Striata)

147
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Shark, Blacktip (Carcharhinus limbatus)

82
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Shark, Bull (Carcharhinus leucas)

88
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Shark, Hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran)

53
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Shark, Mako (Isurus oxyrinchus)

38
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Shark, Thresher (Alopias vulpinus)

32
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Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus)

216
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Snapper, Gray (Lutjanus griseus)

131
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Snapper, Mutton (Lutjanus analis)

126
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Snapper, Yellowtail (Ocyurus chrysurus)

81
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Snook (Centropomus undecimalis)

270
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Spearfish, Shortbill (Tetrapturus angustirostris)

6
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Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus)

232
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Tripletail (Lebotes surinamensis)

53
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Trout, Speckled (Cynoscion nebulosus)

255
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Tuna, Blackfin (Thunnus atlanticus)

51
Wahoo

Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri)

122

Guides

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Edge Charters

Have the fishing trip of a lifetime with Captain Bruce of Edge Charters in Islamorada, FL! Catch monster dolphin offshore or capture a bonefish on the flats - whatever your preference, Bruce will t...
Islamorada, FL, United States United States
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First Love Charters

Welcome to Marathon and Duck Key, home of First Love Charters. The Middle Keys has some of the best Sports Fishing in the world. Anglers from all over come here to fish and relax in the pristine wat...
Duck Key, FL, United States United States
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Knotty Boyz Sportfishing

ONE OF SOUTH FLORIDA'S UP AND COMING PREMIER SPORT FISHING AND SPEARFISHING CHARTER BOATS. THE KNOTTY BOY IS A 25' CUSTOM RIGGED SEA VEE WITH ALL THE LATEST ELECTRONICS AS WELL AS A FULL ARSENAL OF...
Islamorada, FL, United States United States
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Reel Sharp Sportfishing

Reel Sharp Sport Fishing Charters has over 20 years experience fishing Islamorada, the sport fishing capital of the world. We also fish the Bahamas, Key West, Dry Tortugas, and the Gulf wrecks. Our...
Islamorada, FL, United States United States

Richard J Stanczyk

Islamorada, FL, United States United States
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RJS Charters

Born and raised in islamorada, Florida, in 1982! Fishing is my passion! I fish out of the world famous Bud N' Mary's Fishing Marina!
Islamorada, FL, United States United States
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R-U Fishing Yet Charters

About Captain Rich: I am a South Florida native who has been fishing the local waters from Biscayne Bay to Islamorda for over 20 years. After obtaining my captain's license, I have been chartering...
Key Largo, FL, United States United States
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Sea Horse Sport Fishing

Have fun catch fish in the Florida Keys. Islamorada is the sport fishing capitol of the world.
Islamorada, FL, United States United States
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Skins and Fins Charters

Come fishing aboard Skins and Fins charters! Flamingo ~ Everglades National Park Florida Bay Backcountry - Islamorada Bonefish Flats Your Captain Ted Benbow U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain....
Islamorada, FL, United States United States
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Trophy Waters Fishing

Fishing guide specializing in backcountry, fly fishing and light tackle. Summers in Kenai River, Alaska. Winters in the Florida Keys. Trophy Waters is located 70 miles south of Miami on the north...
Islamorada, FL, United States United States

Lodges

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Bud N' Mary's Marina & Lodging

"The Sportfishing Capital of the World" Islamorada, Florida Keys Bud N' Mary's is a world famous sportfishing marina located in Islamorada, the heart of the beautiful Florida Keys. You don't have t...
Islamorada, FL, United States United States
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KEY LANTERN MOTEL AND BLUE FIN INN

Our accommodations range from standard motel rooms with 1 or 2 double beds to room with kitchenettes. All rooms have air conditioning, ceiling fans, refrigerator and cable television. WIFI availab...
Islamorada, FL, United States United States

Richard J Stanczyk

Islamorada, FL, United States United States

Tournaments

There are no tournaments associated with this fishing spot.