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What Makes Islamorada the Sport Fishing Capital of the World

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Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the United States. Whether you fish as a hobby or a sport, fishing can be an adventure, taking you to ever more exciting waters to discover new underwater worlds and new fish.

Islamorada is often considered the sportfishing capital of the world. It did not come by that title accidentally. Fishing in Islamorada is something that many anglers only imagine, but if you are planning a holiday at Mangrove Marina, you will have the opportunity to try your luck in Islamorada. Islamorada’s perennially warm waters are a rich source of incredibly diverse ocean life. Anything that lives naturally in the Atlantic can be found here.

Getting Started

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced angler, your best bet is to charter a fishing boat with a professional. Professional captains in and around Islamorada make it their business to know which fish are biting and where, and they can take you right to the best fishing spots and show you the ideal techniques for a great catch. If you want a memorable experience, these captains can make it happen.

What to Expect

The Florida Keys are richly biodiverse both above and below the water. From the open seas to the backcountry, no matter where you drop your line, you are all but guaranteed to get a bite. Islamorada is nestled in the Keys with the Gulf Stream flowing just a dozen or so miles offshore, bringing mahi-mahi, wahoo, kingfish, sailfish, marlin, and tuna within reach of small boat anglers. Light tackle anglers are not left out in the cold, either. They can snag everything from bonefish and permit to tarpon and spotted sea trout. Regardless of the type of fishing you prefer, you are sure to have fantastic results.

Seasonal Fishing

In the warmer summer months, the Gulf Stream is brimming with life, and the millions of baitfish attract larger predator fish, such as dolphinfish or Mahi-Mahi. Summer is also a great time to fish for blue marlin, which is most active from March to October. During the cooler months, you can find lemonfish, kingfish, and grouper.

Of course, Islamorada is warm year-round, which means that some fish are in plentiful supply no matter when you arrive, including:

  • Mutton snapper
  • Yellowtail
  • Wahoo
  • Tarpon
  • Sailfish
  • Tuna

While chartering a boat is your best bet for ensuring a memorable catch on your fishing trip, it is not your only option. You can fish virtually anywhere here, including on a boat, off a pier or bridge, or even right from the beach or the deck of your houseboat here at Mangrove Marina.

At Mangrove Marina, we have everything you need for your fishing trip to the Sport Fishing Capital of the World, including fully equipped luxury houseboats to serve as your home-away-from-home during your stay in Islamorada. Our boats feature kitchenettes, dining areas, flat-screen cable, complimentary Wi-Fi, full bathrooms, and outdoor patios. The marina features a heated freshwater pool, Tiki huts and barbecue facilities, bathhouses, laundry facilities, and more for your comfort and convenience. Contact us today to make your reservations or to learn more about fishing in Islamorada.

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