Islamorada Reef and Wreck Fishing

Your Premier Islamorada Reef and Wreck Fishing Charter.
Serving Key Largo, Islamorada and Marathon.

The Florida Keys is comprised of a 120 mile long arch of islands. Landward out to 3 miles along this arch lies some of the most productive reef fishing in the United States. Reef fishing in the Keys presents all sorts of opportunities. You can fish to the North on the Key Largo patch reefs, or just 3 miles offshore at the Islamorada reefs or travel south to the Marathon reefs. It’s not uncommon to catch a variety of different species in one day. You can fish shallow on the patch reefs or head to the deeper reefs in 100 to 150 feet. All these reefs attract large numbers of Yellowtail Snapper, Grouper, Muttons, Grey Snapper, Hog fish, Mackerel and Kingfish. Due to the vast majority of fish along with our beautiful weather, Islamorada reef fishing is a year round activity.

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Scattered along the coast the Keys offers an abundance of offshore wrecks. Some are in shallow water and some deep. A few of the wrecks were intentionally sunk, while others were the fate of storms and poor navigation. You can fish the Duane or the Bibb located off Key Largo, or some of the deeper wrecks located off Islamorada. The deeper wrecks are in 100 to 250 feet of water, holding the larger, loner fish. The shallower wrecks tend to hold a larger number of schooling fish. Try your skills at Keys wreck fishing with live baits in search of a monster Grouper, a brute Amberjack, or the speedy Wahoo and Kingfish.

One of the most unique things about Islamorada reef and wreck fishing is that at specific times of the year the Snapper, Grouper, Yellowtails and Muttons gather in large numbers on the shallow reefs to spawn. Usually this only last for a couple of weeks, catch the spawn and you will have a memory you will not forget. Drop a live bait in front of a hungry flag Yellowtail, a cooler size Mutton or a big Black Grouper, and they will gobble it up! Limit catches almost always occur.

Islamorada reefs and wrecks fishing has long been known for producing very large Yellowtail Snapper. The prime season is June, thru August, these fish rang in size from a few pounds to the flags being around five pounds and an occasional monster pushing six pounds. If you enjoy light tackle fishing with a formidable advisory Yellowtailing is for you. Catch a cooler full of these tasty fish and you will not only have a blast you will also have some great meals.

Let Captain Chris Venezia show you his proven techniques for catching quality fish while on your Islamorada reef and wreck fishing charter.


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