Offshore Fishing Islamorada
“Offshore” means going out in an easterly direction from the marina, across the 3.5 mile-wide platform of the Florida Reef Tract, and into the Straits of Florida.
Here the warm blue waters of the Gulf Stream swirl in a northeasterly direction between the Florida Keys and Bahamas, the edge of the current anywhere from just off of the reef drop-off to over 20 miles out. Inside the Gulf Stream, the water may be more greenish, and the current eddies and runs in assorted directions. During winter, primary targets are sailfish, king mackerel, and blackfin tuna.
During spring and summer, migrating dolphin, or mahimahi, pour through and support a very popular sport fishery. Scattered blue marlin and white marlin make appearances behind baits and spreads out in the blue.
Reef Fishing Islamorada
Year round from the reef edge to deeper areas we target yellowtail, mangrove, mutton and a variety of deeper-dwelling snapper species (vermilion, yelloweye, blackfin, queen, and others), and black, gag, and red groupers (and snowy, misty, speckled hind and other deep groupers).
Swordfish are common on the shelf edge from 1300 to 1800 feet. At the other extreme, patches of coral dot the reef tract platform shallows from shore to the drop-off, providing excellent light tackle action for porgies, hogfish, mangrove, mutton, and lane snappers, gag, black, and red groupers, and cero mackerel.
Various other light tackle game targets range broadly, for example barracuda, from the deeper reef edges and lighthouses to the shallows and in to Florida Bay.
Capt. Scott Bannerot
P.O. Box 880
Tavernier, FL 33070
Post Card Inn Marina
84001 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036