Aboard the Easy Does it we offer 1/2 day, 3/4 day, and full day offshore fishing charters for species such as sailfish, wahoo, dolphin, tuna, swordfish and much more. Some of the species of fish we target offshore of Islamorada are:
Sailfishing is one of the most exciting types of sport fishing in Islamorada. We generally catch most of our sailfish on light 20# tackle. Fishing techniques include Live bait trolling, kite fishing, and sight casting. Although sailfish are caught in the Florida keys year round, the season is best between November and April with the most consistent fishing in December and January, and a chance for big days in April.
Dolphin fishing is one of the most popular types of sport fishing in the Florida keys. They’re great eating, fun to catch and a beautiful trophy fish. Mahi fishing peaks from may through July and can be a part of the catch any time of year when fishing offshore of Islamorada. Dolphin fishing usually consists of lure and dead bait trolling with conventional stand up tackle coupled with sight casting live baits with light spinning tackle. Wahoo, tuna, tripletail, and billfish are also a common part of the catch when dolphin fishing in the Florida Keys.
Blackfin tuna are found mostly on the Islamorada Hump or some of our other Florida Keys sea mounts offshore of Islamorada. Fishing for Blackfins is one of my favorite types of fishing and is very exciting. The tuna fishing can be good any time of year and changes daily or weekly depending on the fishing conditions. The most consistent time of year to charter a fishing boat in the keys and see a hot bite of blackfin tuna is September and October, but any time of year can be good. Techniques include live bait chumming, live bait trolling, lure trolling, and vertical jigging.
Wahoo are one of Capt. Bruce’s favorite fish to catch on charter fishing trips in the Florida keys. We catch wahoo year round in Islamorada, but the best wahoo fishing takes place from November through march (especially around the full moons). Techniques used to catch wahoo include slow trolling large live baits called “speedoes”, as well as high speed trolling. kite fishing and vertical jigging. Wahoo are also caught as a by catch of dolphin fishing in the late spring and summer offshore of Islamorada.
Kingfish or king mackerel are part of the catch in Islamorada especially from October through April. The kingfish on our charter fishing trips in the Florida keys can be anywhere from school size fish in the 6-12# range to “smoker kings” up to 70#. On the Easy Does It we catch most of our king fish with live bait such as cigar minnows or pilchards on light spinning tackle in the 12 to 20 pound test range. We often employ a technique called “live bait chumming” in which the king fish are chummed into a frenzy. This often results in a very fast paced bite with multiple fish hooked up at once and baits lasting only seconds before being eaten.
We offer daytime sword fishing charters aboard the Easy Does It and have one of the highest success rates in the Islamorada area on swordfish trips. Islamorada has great fishing for swords year round, but weather conditions must be right for sword fishing with relatively light winds and calm seas in order to fish effectively. Daytime fishing consists of dropping baits to the bottom in deep water (1,200 to 1,800 feet of water). We are fully equipped with both hand cranking equipment as well as electric power assist reels for this type of fishing and you have the option of manually cranking, using the electric reel, or both. Swordfish trips must be arranged in advance and weather conditions have to be ideal for sword fishing. If conditions are not right we can reschedule your trip or switch to our normal offshore target species for that time of year.
The shark population in the Florida Keys has exploded in the last 5 years and we can now offer shark fishing trips year round. Click here to learn more about the different types of shark fishing we offer in Islamorada Florida.