Fishing with Relentless
If you are looking to get some awesome time on the water and experience some great fishing then I recommend heading to Islamorada in the Keys. The middle keys are known for their fishing and it is pretty easy to find a charter to take you out. My family and I decided to head out of Bud N' Mary's Marina with Relentless Charters, which I highly recommend! We were catching fish when no one else was because the captain made sure to get live bait before we headed out. We also ended up with the biggest and most fish at the dock; we ended up giving away some fish to the crew since the coolers we had weren't big enough. The fishing trip we did specifically target Tuna, which meant a nice ride out the Humps. I was thinking I would be lucky to catch two or three tuna. Instead, there were so many fish on I was reeling like crazy for about four straight hours. The only reason we stopped fishing was because we ran out of bait, which is a great problem to have.
As a side note, I spent a lot of time reeling in what probably would have been my biggest tuna. Unfortunately, when I got the tired guy to the boat a huge bull shark hit it from underneath and stole have my fish. Not so great for dinner but it was an epic thing to watch!
Below are some charter boats (other than the relentless) that leave out of Bud N' Mary's with the size and price as of October 2015. I have never used another boat out of this marina so I cannot speak to how good they are but everything is worth a shot at least once.
Where to Stay
There are tons of places to stay in Islamorada, some being more expensive then others. If you will be leaving out of Bud N' Mary"s either with Relentless or another charter you can stay in the hotel right on site. This makes its easy in the morning when you have to get up early to be at the boat. From my room it was about 10 steps to the boat. The marina bait shop does have coffee, but its not great. I am alright with admitting I am a bit of a coffee snob so if you are like me I would bring some with you to make in the morning.
Where to Eat
*If you don't mind driving back into Key Largo stop in at The Fish House(Mile Marker. i ate here growing up and still continue to go back because its awesome. Its an expensive place but well worth it. When in the Keys eat like a local; try out the Matecumbe!
* You do not need to bring fishing gear since this will be provided to you.