Here is why Islamorada is considered the fishing capital of the world. No where else can they claim to catch as many species of game fish in one place, as we do here in Islamorada. Fishing here is good all year long. The fishing is constantly changing so you never get board of one type of fishing. Also, we have an offshore side and a backcountry side. You can fish offshore in the deep water, the edge of the reef, on the reef patches, in the channels that run between the islands, up on are flats,in the bay, back in the everglades,and all the vast islands and runoffs.
Islamorada is the best spot in the Keys to fish because of the water movement in the area. Years ago when there was an algae bloom. This was green water full of algae coming from the everglades. Before Key West, Marathon,and Key Largo saw this water, we saw it very heavy here in Islamorada. It covered all the reefs and all the water in and around Islamorada. This proves that the majority of water flushed from the everglades flows harder here, in Islamorada, than any were else in the Keys. This water pushes all the different kinds of bait; shrimp, pilchards, mullet, ballyhoo and sardines out to the reef 3 to 4 miles offshore. When the bait flows through, the fish here have a abundance of food. As it gets to the edge of the reef and the water starts to get deep, the ballyhoo start to back up and get thick. Pelagic fish such as sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, kingfish and cero mackerel come here to feed for the winter. Mutton snapper, mangrove snapper, yellowtail snapper, grouper and many other species of fish depend on this awesome phenomena of mother nature to survive, eat and grow.
Offshore Fishing in Islamorada
If you look at a chart of the ocean floor (offshore of Islamorada), you will see from 10 miles out to 20 miles out and about 40 miles wide, there are giant 200 foot canyons, drop offs and undersea mountains. The gulf stream currents hits this bottom and pushes up food. When the current is strong, the fish have to feed more because they are burning more energy to stay on a hump or breeding ground. The mahi mahi and wahoo that are migrating through these waters never run out, because the current moves a new batch through each day. Even though the fish are swimming southwest into the current, they are still moving backwards. A floating piece of debris holding 100 mahi mahi and 20 wahoo will float to the north east, in the gulf stream, up to 75 miles in a 24 hour period.