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Key West, FL

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A must visit location for any angler, with diversity of fishing styles - from wading the flats to deep sea trolling for sailfish.

Key West is a year round fishery that provides anglers with multiple opportunities to target a wide variety of gamefish, including bonefish, mahi-mahi, permit, tarpon, shark, wahoo and amberjack. This beautiful island at the southernmost point of the United States won’t fail to provide you with ample opportunities to wet a line and hook into the Atlantic’s most prized gamefish. Outfitters here offer a wide variety of fishing options. You can book a day chasing bonefish and permit on the flats, or go out into the Gulf after world record sailfish and wahoo.

Key West should be on the bucket list for any serious angler, but also works as a perfect entry point for anyone just getting into the sport.

Basic Info
  • 74° 64° Dec-Feb
  • 83° 74° Mar-May
  • 89° 80° Jun-Aug
  • 85° 76° Sep-Nov
Gulf Of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, Straits Of Florida
Fishing license info here: here

The Catch

Top fish species to target in Key West, FL


Amberjack, generally refers to a few species that usually have dark stripes extending from nose to in front of their dorsal fins, fierce predators.


Skittish, preferring the shallowest water, and with great eyesight, Bonefish are a challenging but rewarding pursuit.


Groupers have stout bodies and wide mouths, used to suck prey in from a distance.


Not related to the mammal, Dolphin have vibrant yellows and metalic blues and greens, especially when first caught


Elusive and unforgiving, the permit is almond shaped with a unique tinge of yellow.


Reddish color along the back and white on the belly, Redfish are known for the distinct eyespot on their tail.


Prefer warmer water, put up a spirited fight, and have a delicate mild flavor.


Tarpon have swimming since prehistoric time. They can reach sizes up to 8 feet and weigh up to 280 pounds. As fierce a fight as any fish.


Wahoo are steel blue on their top side and pale blue on their underside. Also known for a series of blackish-blue vertical bars on their sides.

More Key West Outfitters

Fishing with Too Lethal Fishing Charters Key West in Key West

Too Lethal Fishing Charters Key West

Key West, FL

There is nothing better then a lazy afternoon on a Key West boat, in the middle of the ocean, looking for the perfect catch; and in Key West, Florida, this is just an ordinary day. Key West is known for a lot of things, but its best feature is the outdoors. With its crystal blue seas and balmy weather, you would be crazy not to go outside, dip your feet in the ocean, go snorkeling or kayaking, and of course, fish. Key West fishing charters are so famous all over the world, that it has been dubbed the “quintessential fishing town”. We provide all types of fishing charters in Key West, Florida – inshore fishing charters, offshore fishing charters, wreck fishing charters and reef fishing charters. The only way to get the most out of your Key West fishing trip, is to go out on the water with the best. This is where Captain Scott Gordon comes in. Having been involved in the Key West charter business for over 25 years, he knows the Key West waters like the back of his hand. His tarpon – in season from early spring through the summer months – fishing trips in Key West Harbor are legendary. But this isn’t the only type of fishing Captain Scott excels at, he also enjoys going offshore around Key West in search for Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, Snapper, Grouper, Shark and Mahi-Mahi. Key West offers many fishing options. From light tackle fishing, to inshore or offshore fishing, to wrecks and reef fishing, Captain Scott will provide you with an experience of a lifetime. He can take you around the Key West waters, to the many wrecks scattered around the Lower Keys to fish for snappers or groupers, king mackerels or sharks; or to the different reefs in and around the Key West or Atlantic waters in search for Cobia, Yellowtail Snapper, Grouper, and a whole lot more. Ready to find out more? You can Contact Capt. Scott today or read more about our Charter Fishing!

Fishing with Capt. Dan's Fishing Charters in Key West

Capt. Dan's Fishing Charters

Key West, FL

Non-Stop Action - Fish Key West Channels and Flats for Large Tarpon, Shark and Anything That's Hungry Enjoy backcountry fishing at its finest in the channels and on the flats of the expansive waters that surround Key West. We use extremely light, light, and medium tackle (6#, 10#, 12#, 15#, 20#, and 25# test line) to catch a variety of species. We can fish for snapper, jacks, barracuda, shark, tarpon, permit, bonefish, grouper or even mackerel. I have sat in one spot, on anchor, and caught 17 different species of fish in 4 hours. That's good action! We use live bait, chum and cut bait depending on what we're fishing for. We may drift a live pinfish or crab down a channel for tarpon; throw a shrimp-tipped jig for snapper, jacks or even bonefish; or put a cut bait out on wire for a barracuda or shark. Key West Shark Fishing We have caught many types of shark in these waters, from the 12ft hammerhead on 25# test that took 1hr 25min to land, to the smaller (2 to 4 ft) bonnethead sharks that you can sight cast a shrimp tipped jig to up on the flats. Probably the most exciting species of shark to catch is the spinner shark. When you hook one of these spinners they almost immediately come flying out of the water spinning around their long axis so rapidly that it's impossible to count the number of revolutions, throwing water in every direction like fireworks. I have seen them travel 30 feet through the air and I believe that they rival tarpon in the amount of adrenaline pumping excitement you can get from this acrobatic sport species.

Fishing with Grateful Dave Charters in Key West

Grateful Dave Charters

Key West, FL

Captain David Moloney operates the Grateful Dave Charters, offering inshore fishing excursions in the lower Florida Keys (from Big Pine Key to Key West) for a variety of species congregating on the flats and nearshore waterways. The crew utilizes both spin and fly fishing gear for tackling the likes of Bonefish, Snook, Tarpon, Permit, Barracuda, Sharks and more. Custom and personalized charters are available and the crew is more than happy to accommodate your specific fishing preferences and desires. You’ll be fishing from a 17’ Hell’s Bay Biscayne flats boat, designed for shallow water fishing, with a maximum capacity of 2 passengers per trip. The vessel features a conventional range of Raymarine navigational gear including GPS, radio and fishfinder, and comes equipped with an anchoring system as well as a push pole. Grateful Dave Charters take pride in putting people in unique environments and making fishing memories for everyone on board. There’s a large variety of species you can target in the waters surrounding the Keys depending on the season. The regular Tarpon migration occurs between early spring throughout late summer when large schools roam through the area, while Snook seem the most active during the winter months. Big Barracudas are a regular on the flats virtually throughout the year, although fall, winter and oftentimes spring appear to be most productive. Bonefish are abundant spring thru late fall, although winter time often attracts the bigger specimen. Most of the species can be targeted all year round though, including Redfish, Sharks, Snapper, Grouper and many others, so feel free to inquire about the recent fish count. All the appropriate Shimano fishing equipment, live and artificial bait, licenses and beverages (bottled water and soda) are provided by the crew. If you’d like to have your catch cleaned and filleted following the trip, just let Captain Dave know.

Fishing with Last Cast Charters in Cudjoe Key

Last Cast Charters

Cudjoe Key, FL

Lower Florida Keys Fishing Charters Last Cast Charters offers flats, inshore, reef, gulf and offshore fishing charters in the Lower Florida Keys. Whether you are into battling the acrobatic sailfish or chasing reel screaming bones in inches of water, the Florida Keys is the place to be. With three boats to choose from there is no fishery out of reach. Capt. Andrew Tipler offers fly fishing with Orvis gear both in skinny water and offshore. All other tackle is top of the line Shimano. Custom fishing trips in the Lower Florida Keys are just a phone call away. With so many types of fishing and fish available in the Florida Keys, why target just one when you can catch them all with Last Cast Charters. Last Cast Charters operates out of Cudjoe Gardens Marina at mm21.5 and Dolphin Marina at mm28, just a short drive from Key West or Marathon. Key West flats fishing and Marquesas fishing trips are also available. Last Cast Charters E-mail: (305) 744-9796 When you book a trip with Last Cast Charters you will be fishing with Capt. Andrew Tipler. Attention to detail and patient instruction ensure an enjoyable day on the water. Whether you are a novice angler or seasoned tournament professional you can count on Last Cast Charters to provide you with the fishing experience you desire. Fishing in the Florida Keys and Key West offer the angling experience of a lifetime. What makes the Keys special is the variety of fish that swim in our waters. Very few places offer as many opportunities in one day. You never know what you might hook next. Call now to book your next Florida Keys Fishing Charter.

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