Welcome to the Sportfishing Capital of America. Islamorada. This is fishing country. Zane Grey first decamped here in 1911 at the Long Key Fishing Club and thus the legend began.A veritable smorgasbord of bluewater and skinny water gamefish call these waters home.
From the earliest days made public by Zane Grey and his fishing buddy Ernest Hemmingway, to present day, Islamorada remains one of the angling world’s most talked about fishing destinations.
Whether your passion is back country or flats fishing, reef or offshore fishing, there’s a guide and charter operation for every interest and skill level.
We have to confess, there may be more flats guides amd offshore captains living and working in and around Islamorada than there are visitors on Memorial Day! Below you will find information of several of our go-to guides in the area, and the marinas where more guides and charter boats can be found.
Getting hooked up for a great fishing adventure in Islamorada is no small task. So many options, so many choices. We’re here to help!
No life is so happy and so pleasant as the life of the well-govern’d angler.
– Izaak Walton
We at Guy Harvey Outpost take fishing regulations seriously. We’re committed to conservation and hope you are as well. It’s important to know and respect the local fishing regulations.
At best, it’s good sportsmanship. At worst, being unfamiliar is a prescription for fines and penalties. Sadly, for some anglers fishing restrictions are for others to worry about. Such attitudes quickly result in an unsustainable fishery. So we ask all our anglers to be good sportsmen and conservationists, and respect the regulations.
If you are planning a charter fishing trip, you likely don’t need a fishing license, as the boat’s licensee will automatically apply to charter guests. Nevertheless, it pays to inquire. For further information on the need for a license, visit the licensing page of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, click here.
Lots of species means lots of differing regulations on open and closed seasons, slot limits, bag limits and the like.
For the most current and complete info on Saltwater Fishing from the Florida Wildlife Commission, click here.
For current Recreational Seasons in Atlantic State Waters, open and closed, with detail by species, click here.
For an “easy to read” chart summary of 2013 regulations, click here.
We must all do our small part in protecting the fisheries for both our ‘lil guys and future generations to come. Now let’s go fishin’!
IGFA Certified Captains are passionate fishing professionals who are dedicated to sustaining the future of angling. These individuals are respected by their peers and knowledgeable about their craft, and provide letters of recommendation and complete an open-book test on the IGFA rules as part of our approval process.To learn more about IGFA Certified Captains, and search for these top-of-class captains in Islamorada, click here.
Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman’s job is simple:
Pick out the best parts.
– Charles Waterman
Fishing is our DNA. For us, a good bedtime read is the IGFA World Record Book, peppering our dreams with thoughts of our own world record. There’s a lot of water in Florida Bay, and even more in the Atlantic and Gulfstream. Don’t waste your valuable time trying to find that perfect spot…that special wreck, or that secret honey-hole.
At the Outpost Islamorada, we know the fishery and the top-of-class guides who put you on the fish. Catching the fish is your job, finding the fish is theirs! Whether it’s backcountry or offshore, we’ve teamed up with some of the best fishing guides in the region. Read more about them below! Tight lines and good fishing!
Captain Randy Towe
Captain Randy Towe was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, were he started fishing when he was old enough to ride his bicycle to the local canals and fish from shore. Islamorada has been home for Captain Randy Towe for more than 30 years fishing both Offshore and the Flats and Backcountry.
Capt. Randy is featured weekly on the Florida Insider Fishing Report TV show, updating angler on current fishing conditions in Islamorada and the Keys. To catch the latest episode and Randy’s click here.
Capt. Randy runs both a 34 ft. Pursuit center console with twin 250HP Yamaha engines for bluewater charters and a 18 ft. Custom Action Craft flats boat with a Yamaha 150HP for all his inshore fishing. He can also captain your own boat and show you how to be comfortable going on your own and having a good time. To contact Captain Randy, click here.
Captain Nick Stanczyk
The son of fishing legend Richard Stanczyk, owner of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina, Nick is an Islamorada native and true “Conch”. Along with his father Richard, and uncle Scott, the Stanczyk angling team has pioneered the discovery of a large body of broadbill swordfish in the waters off Islamorada, Prior to the 2002 discovery, few broadbill swordfish had ever been caught and typically they were targeted only at night. The Stanczyks and their crew discovered how to fish for them during the day and have turned Islamorada into a top destination for catching the species.
Of late, Nick Stanczyk has captained swordfishing charters for visitors from around the world. Most days, Nick can be found fishing offshore aboard his 34-foot Crusader, the B n’ M. To reach him, click here.
Captain John Kipp
With a lifetime of offshore angling, Captain John has been a dedicated flats guide since 1977 when he was introduced to the sport by Islamorada’s legendary guide Jimmy Albright. He considers “his turf” to be the Florida Keys, and his passion is saltwater flyfishing. As an IGFA Certified Captain, he’s a champion of sustainable fishing and knowledgeable on all aspects of his target species, including his preference for the Silver Kings, a/k/a tarpon! To reach Captain John, click here.
Bud N’ Mary’s Marina
Bud N’ Mary’s Fishing Marina has the oldest, largest, and most established fishing fleet in the Florida Keys. Their tournament tested Captains are world renowned for their abilities and acumen. Located Oceanside at Mile Marker 79.8, just down the road from the Outpost Islander, the marina has operated continuously since 1944, and many of their guides are 2nd and 3 generation fishermen. You’ll find nothing but top-of-class guides and captains here.
Worldwide Sportsman Marina
Located adjacent to the Outpost Islander Bayside, the Worldwide Sportsman Marina is home to a group of offshore charterboats and backcountry flats guides. Four hour trips ($400 for half day and sunset/night trips) and eight hour trips ($550 full day) are available. Offshore trips vary by boat and schedule. For a list of guides and charterboat operations, click here.
M/V Miss Islamorada
The “Miss Islamorada” is a 65 foot fully rigged, airconditioned fishing vessel operating out of Bud N’ Mary’s at Mile Marker 79.8. All tackle and bait is provided including rods and reels. The boat has been recently refitted and offers everything you need for a great fishing day. The boat sails daily at 0930 hrs (9:30 am) and returns at 1600 hrs (4:00 pm) for a full day of fishing excitement. For more information, click here.
M/V Capt Michael
The “Capt. Michael” is a fully rigged, air conditioned, 65 foot deep sea fishing vessel operating out of Robbie’s of Islamorada at Mile Marker 77.5. The “Capt. Michael” has been catering to Islamorada anglers since 1980, delivering the thrills of offshore sportfishing at an affordable price. She sails three times daily at 0930 hrs (9:30 am), 1400 hrs (2:00 pm) and 1930 hrs (7:30 pm). Daytime trips are 4 hours; nighttime trips last 5 hours. For more information, click here.