Islamorada FLIslamorada is known as the sport fishing capital of the world. What better place to kick off the Fishing Funaments! Located at 81576 Overseas Highway, World Wide Sportsman has everything you'll need to enjoy the great outdoors, plus it is home to the infamous Islamorada Fish Company and Market. The full-service marina offers live and frozen baits, security, 30 and 50 amp electrical service, pumpout station, overnight and weekend dockage, Texaco 89 octane/#2 Diesel fuel, wet slips and more.
Directions by car: Take U.S. 1 South into the Florida Keys to Islamorada. Heading south (U.S. 1/Overseas Highway), World Wide Sportsman is on the right side of the highway at mile marker 81.5.
Directions by boat: There are two boat ramps that can be utilized to launch your boat. Indian Key Fill Public Boat Ramp (gravel, make-shift ramp) is located at mile marker 79.5, bayside. World Wide Sportsman is a little more than a mile to the north, in Little Basin (on chart). Post Card Inn Public Boat Ramp is located on the north side of Whale Harbor Bridge at mile marker 84. After launching, go under the bridge to bay side and take the ICW south to Little Basin (on chart) and World Wide Sportsman.
Fort Myers, FLBass Pro Shops of Fort Myers will host the Thursday evening Captain's Meeting. Designate some time to explore and shop. They have all the gear you could possibly need to reel in the big one!
The Fishing Funament will be held at Fish Tale Marina in Fort Myers Beach. The small town of Fort Myers Beach is located on Estero Island in southwest Florida Fish Tale is a full-service marina offering ethanol-free fuel (dockside), power hook-ups, pump out facilities, live shrimp, a variety of frozen bait and chum. The marina is conveniently located within walking distance of shopping, dining establishments and more.
Directions by car: If traveling from the north, take I-75 South to exit 131 Ð SW Florida International Airport/Cape Coral. Turn right onto Daniels Parkway, then left on Ben C. Pratt Parkway. Continue on to Gladiolus Drive. Merge onto County Road 869, S. Summerlin Road via the ramp on left to Ft. Myers Beach/Sanibel/S. Captiva. Take the San Carlos Boulevard Ramp to Florida 865. Turn left on Florida 865/San Carlos Blvd. Continue onto Estero Blvd. Fish Tale Marina will be on the left.
If traveling from the south, take I-75 North to exit 116 - Bonita Beach/Gulf Beaches. Head west (left turn) on Bonita Beach Road SE. Continue on to Hickory Boulevard. Make a slight right onto County Road 865/Estero Blvd. Fish Tale Marina will be on the right.
Directions by boat: Fish Tale Marina (26° 24 .843N / 081° 53 .579W) is a short 15-minute boat ride from the Gulf of Mexico via Big Carlos Pass. The bascule bridge at Big Carlos Pass has a 23' clearance and opens on demand between the hours of 8am and 7pm. Note: The green #1 marker at the entrance to Big Carlos Pass is located about 3/4 mile SW of the pass at 26° 23 .154N / 081° 53 .618W. The access canal to Fish-Tale Marina is located at green marker #59 in Estero Bay.