Florida Keys Fishing & Tournaments

Fishing at Cheeca Lodge & Spa

Just offshore, four bodies of water – the Gulfstream, the Atlantic, Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico - converge to create a “sweet spot” for marine wildlife. In one direction anglers can find North America’s only living coral barrier reef; in the other direction the mangrove clusters and calm bay waters play host to an entirely different spectrum of fish. Over 500 species of fish flourish here, making Islamorada the perfect destination for world-class sportfishing and watersports adventures.

The tranquil Floriday Bay, known as the “Backcountry,” is home to bonefish, redfish, permit, sea trout and tarpon. This is great fishing on light tackle. The reef line runs parallel with the Keys and is approximately 4 miles off shore. Common reef fish are sailfish, snapper, grouper, barracuda, cobia, mackerel, shark, African pompano, wahoo, etc. Troll our beautiful blue waters for offshore big game fish such as dolphin, sailfish, marlin, kingfish and wahoo; or spend the day with the family on a family fishing adventure. If you’d rather stay close to land, cast a line off the end of our 525-foot fishing pier, the longest in the Keys.   

Contact us at (305) 517-4451 or by email at watersports@cheeca.com to book today. 

Tournaments at Cheeca 

Aptly named the Sportfishing Capital of the World, Islamorada is home to numerous fishing tournaments throughout the year. One of the most prestigious is Cheeca Lodge’s own Presidential Sailfish Tournament held each January. Started by former president George H.W. Bush in 1990, this tournament has become an annual favorite of serious anglers worldwide and is a part of the Gold Cup Series of sailfish tournaments. Discerning anglers from across the country visit Cheeca every fall to fish for some of the most elusive gamefish in the world at the Annual Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Tournament. Click below to learn more about these