It is hard to dispute Islamorada's self-proclaimed and much quoted title of being the Sports Fishing Capital of the World. Located in the Florida Keys, approximately half way between Miami and Key West, Islamorada really is something of a haven for visiting anglers, whose biggest challenge is likely to be in deciding which of the countless species of fish to target.
Fishing in The Keys falls into two main categories. There is the shallow water, flats style fishing in the Gulf of Mexico where giant tarpon, bone fish, permit, red fish, snook and other species are fished, invariably using light tackle amidst the vast turtle grass flats and deeper interconnecting channels and bridges.
There is also a magnificent shark fishery here. Visiting anglers are all but guaranteed of hooking into a hundred pound shark, again on light and sporting tackle. Sharks caught include lemon, nurse, black tip, bull or even a tiger or hammerheads, not to mention enormous, tackle busting stingrays.
Out in the deeper water found off the Atlantic coast, you will have the opportunity, obviously depending on season, of fishing for sailfish, swordfish, blue marlin, tuna, dorado, amberjacks and many other popular species that frequent the reefs, banks and indigo blue water of the Gulf Stream.
Accommodation Your base is close to Islamorada in a spacious two-bedroom house. Accommodation is from Saturday to Saturday and you get five 8-hour days fishing (split into two 4-hour sessions). There is an optional rest day or you can pay for an extra day fishing in the resort. Transfers to and from Miami International Airport are included. Islamorada in the Florida Keys is just over an hour’s drive from Miami Airport.
Your trip includes
Flights from the UK are not included.
Maximum two anglers.
Booking now for autumn 2024 - spring 2024 fully booked
Passports Please ensure your passport is valid for your trip. Most destinations insist that your passport must have an expiry date at least 6 months after your return flight. It is important that you check both your issue date and expiry date on your passport. If you have renewed your passport early in the past, the passport office could have added these extra months to your expiry date. Some countries, particularly in the EU, do not recognise these extra months. You should assume that your passport validity is 10 years from the date of issue.
Visa - ESTA You must have a valid ESTA visa waiver application confirmed online at least 72 hours prior to travel. It is valid for 2 years. ONLY USE THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE via the following link:
Application charge is $21, payable by credit card. With effect from 1 April 2016, all travellers entering USA under the Visa Waiver Programme will need to hold a passport with an integrated chip. Please note if you have ever been arrested, cautioned or convicted you may not be eligible to travel under the Visa Waiver Program. Check with the US Embassy.
Fishing Licence Buy your fishing licence from Bass Pro a huge tackle shop that has the widest choice of tackle and clothing at great value prices. Bar and restaurant on-site too.
A week's fishing in Islamorada makes a great add on if making the traditional family pilgrimage to the famous central Florida based theme parks or many other tourist attractions throughout the Sunshine State.