Reef Fishing & Wreck Fishing in the Florida Keys
There are an incredible number of species available to fish for. The reefs and wrecks off Islamorada alone provide a great opportunity for anyone. The really great part is that you are typically fishing for multiple species at one time.
There are many common fish found in these areas. There are types of Snapper such as Yellowtail, Mutton & Mangrove. You can find jacks including the Greater Amberjack. There are multiple species of Sharks. Grouper including Red, Black, Gag, & the sought after Goliath Grouper. There are also many others including Wahoo, King Mackerel, and Sailfish just to name a few.
Reef Fishing off Islamorada
When reef fishing, typically in 30-100 feet of water, we will typically anchor up and establish a chum slick.
Yellowtail Snapper rise up into the middle of the water column and are typically found in schools of hundreds or sometimes even thousands of fish. They are caught by free lining or drifting pieces of cut bait through the chum slick slowly sinking towards bottom.
Mutton and Mangrove Snapper, as well as all species of Grouper, are living on or very near the bottom. They are targeted using live, dead, or larger cut bait with a leaded rig and a long fluorocarbon leader.
Wreck Fishing off Islamorada
With wreck fishing, the wrecks are where you find large Snapper and Grouper, as well as several species of jack. The largest being the Greater Amberjack occasionally reaching the 100 pound range.
Lurking in the waters surrounding these deep wrecks are large Goliath grouper, as well as several species of large sharks.
This is a very exciting type of fishing, as it has the ability to be very visual with a great variety of game fish and table fare!