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Wreck Fishing


Published: 01/18/2014


Like reef fishing, wreck fishing is a fantastic way to catch a great variety of tasty fish no matter what time of year.  The primary difference is that wrecks are an artificial habitat created—sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally—by sunken ships instead by a naturally occurring coral reef.  Another important difference is that while reefs are crowded with younger and smaller fish in schools, wrecks tend to be home to larger and more independent fish.  That makes them the preferred choice for more advanced anglers looking for a greater challenge and a more impressive prize.

Another important difference between reefs and wrecks is that wrecks tend to occur at greater depths, making it harder to spot the fish that shelter there.  This creates another layer of difficulty in addition to the effort it takes to land larger and more powerful fish.  Add in the fact that your boat must be positioned directly over the wreck in order to take advantage of the location and you create a very tricky situation indeed.

Fortunately, our Islamorada fishing guides have been fishing these waters for decades, and they can guide you through the process.  Once they take you to their favorite spots, armed with their favorite bait and gear, landing a sizeable catch is almost guaranteed.  Just listen to their tips and follow their instructions and you’ll be posing for photos with your massive prize in no time.

Your guide will talk you through chumming, sinking lines to the bottom, and using straight lines simultaneously for the best chance of landing a variety of species.  Some of the types of fish you can expect to find living in the wrecks off our coasts include Grouper, Mutton Snapper, King Mackerel, Wahoo, Sailfish, Barracuda, Amberjacks, Jack Crevalle, Blackfin Tuna, and Bonita, but part of the excitement of wreck fishing is that you never know just what you will get!

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