Sailfish are Red Hot in Islamorada During the Winter Months

by Tammie Gurgiolo
(Islamorada, FL, US)

48 Foot Monterey, the Sugaree out of Bud n Marys Marina in Islamorada.jpg

48 Foot Monterey, the Sugaree
out of Bud n Marys Marina in Islamorada.

It's my favorite time of year in the Sportfishing Capital of the World! Sailfish are here! November to February brings exciting action to Islamorada!

A month ago we brought our new boat the Surgaree to its home at Bud n Mary's Marina. The first thing we did was break it in by going sailfishing!

Making the short run out to the reef for sailfish

Making the short run out to
the reef in search of sailfish!

The Sugaree's reputation as a billfish raising boat rang true! We had success! I caught and released about a 40 lb sailfish right out of the gate! It's so exciting to see the fish come up behind the live bait and grab hold! We took several photos of the sailfish jumping behind the boat as I reeled it in! Catching and releasing sailfish is a huge adrenaline rush! Everyone should try it once!

Going for the release of the sailfish off Islamorada!

Going for the release

In addition to sailfish we've been catching Yellowtail Snapper, King Mackerel, Blackfin Tuna and Dolphin.

For charters, check out and for more exciting Islamorada fishing action!

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