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Islamorada Fishing: The Sport Fishing Capital of the World

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Known as the Sport-Fishing Capital of the World, Islamorada is where backcountry sport fishing and saltwater fly fishing were pioneered. It's where legendary fishing figures including Ted Williams, Jimmy Albright, and Cecil Keith plied their trade.

Perhaps the world's highest density of professional offshore charter boats with tournament-grade captains can be found in Islamorada.

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Islamorada's unique location, lying between Florida Bay (the "backcountry") and the Atlantic Ocean (the "front side"), provides an unrivaled diversity of fishing opportunities.

The Gulf Stream flows past the islands from 10 to 20 miles offshore, bringing seasonal visitors like sailfish and marlin, kingfish and wahoo, dolphin (mahi-mahi) and tuna close enough to shore to be targeted by small-boat anglers.

Tarpon and bonefish are among inshore species coveted by light tackle anglers.

Ladies, Let's Go Fishing in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" university teaches students to become anglers or polish existing skills. Over the last two decades, more than 8,000 women seeking knowledge about sportfishing and responsible angling have earned confidence on the water as they applied learned fishing skills in offshore, bottom, inshore and fly fishing.