Key West Fishing Charters

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Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Wreck & Reef Fishing - 29’ Sea Vee

100% (7)
29 ft 1 - 6 People From $150 / person

Flats, Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Silver Kings And More

100% (4)
25 ft 1 - 4 People From $138 / person
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Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Fishing Slam

80% (5)
36 ft 1 - 6 People From $175 / person

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West "Flex" Sportfishing

100% (10)
24 ft 1 - 4 People From $163 / person

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Offshore Action

86% (7)
33 ft 1 - 6 People From $150 / person

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Legendary Fishing In Key West

100% (11)
55 ft 1 - 6 People From $183 / person

Most Popular Types of Trips in Key West

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Fishing Charters Near Key West, Fl

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Captain Mark will guide you on a thrilling adventure through the waters of Key West, Florida! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Mark’s 40-foot Luhrs sportfisher, which is equipped with two 750-HP Caterpillar engines that will get you out to your destination quickly and seamlessly. She can accommodate up to 6 adventurous anglers and has a GPS, fishfinder, live bait well, and ice box. On this trip, you’ll be targeting a wide variety of species, including Billfish, like White Marlin and Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Mutton Snapper, and Amberjack. You might also catch a few sharks. Prepare yourself to feel the intense power of this apex predator as you reel it in. The longer you go, the farther out you can travel, and the farther out you travel, the bigger the fish get! Don’t forget to bring a cooler to take home your day’s catch, food and drinks for the day (no glass), sunscreen, and a hat. Captain Mark will provide all rods, reels, tackle, and fishing licenses. Let go of your daily responsibilities and have some fun fishing with Captain Mark! Read More

Deep Sea, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Deep Sea Run - 40' Luhrs

100% (8)
40 ft 1 - 6 People From $233 / person

Come experience the Florida Keys on this incredible fishing adventure with Captain Justin! The Keys are a world-renowned fishing destination, and there's no better way to enjoy all that they have to offer than a trip aboard his 24' Sailfish. Captain Justin specializes in calm water, light tackle, “good times” fishing. This is ideal for beginner to intermediate anglers who are looking to bend some rods and hear the drag scream. Target species include Snappers, Groupers, Barracuda, and Shark. These will vary by season and weather, but rest assured—Captain Justin will put you on some awesome fish! You'll be fishing aboard his 24' Sailfish center console, a fast and manueverable boat ideal for fishing nearshore areas. Features include an enclosed head (restroom), large live well, freshwater shower/saltwater rinse down, comfortable seating, T-top for shade, and a JL Audio stereo system with subwoofers. The Sailfish has a variable deadrise hull that offers an incredibly smooth and comfortable ride, powered by a Suzuki 300HP engine with a maximum speed of 45mph. This is the only boat in the fleet that is equipped with LED lighting and offers night fishing and star gazing trips. Being a 24' single mono-hulled center console makes for the perfect fishing & diving platform. The Sailfish is the biggest boat in the shallow back country, and is more than capable of getting to the reef and beyond. Captain Justin will provide everything you need for a successful day out on the water, from rods, reels, and tackle, to ice, water, and fishing licenses. All he recommends you bring are any snacks and drinks and he'll take care of the rest! Dont miss this amazing fishing experience. Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Fishing Adventure

100% (6)
24 ft 1 - 4 People From $225 / person
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Join Captain Hunter on a charter fishing trip in Key West, Florida and experience the thrill of reeling in a variety of fish species in the crystal clear waters of the Keys! You'll be fishing aboard his 30' Seahunter center console, which is an ultra-reliable fishing vessel equipped with the latest gear and technology. As you head out to sea, Captain Hunter will provide expert guidance and instruction, sharing his knowledge of the local fish populations and the best techniques for catching them. You'll have the opportunity to try your hand at a variety of fishing styles, including trolling, jigging, and live bait fishing, and you'll have the chance to target a range of popular species, including Snook, Gag Grouper, Yellowtail Snapper, and more! As you spend the day out on the water, you'll also be able to take in the stunning natural beauty of the Keys, with its crystal clear waters and picturesque islands. And when you're not fishing, you can relax and enjoy the fresh sea air, soaking up the sunshine and the laid-back atmosphere of Key West. This is one of America's most popular fishing destinations, and for good reason! Get out there and bag some trophy catches with Captain Hunter! One additional treat is the "hook and cook", where you can take your catch to one of Key West's excellent local restaurants, where they will prepare a delicious meal for you. Flip through the pictures to see a beautiful tuna sashimi dish prepared after a recent charter! Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Family Fun Fishing

100% (5)
30 ft 1 - 6 People From $125 / person

Welcome to Captain Alex's Charter where he offers Flats, Backcountry, inshore and Reef Fishing in Key West, Florida. Spin Fishing is offered for all ages and skill levels. The boat provides enough room for up to four fishermen. His goal is to make fishing easy and fun by modifying custom charters just for you and your party guests. Family trips, father-son outings, or single-person charters are all provided. Click to the left and right on the carousel above for photos of the Alex's sweet 28’ Blue Wave and the beautiful fish his previous clients have caught. With Captain Alex, you'll target tarpon, bonefish, permit, and barracuda on the flats. As well as snapper, mackerel, jacks inshore and in the backcountry. Also he offers fish mounts by Gray Taxidermy to immortalize your catch for a lifetime! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Backcountry Classic - 28’ Blue Wave

100% (11)
28 ft 1 - 4 People From $175 / person
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Captain Mark will guide you on an action-packed adventure through the waters of Key West, Florida! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Mark’s 37-foot Contender side console powered by two 250 HP Yamaha engines. She comes with outriggers, downriggers, and a live bait well. She also boasts air conditioning, a multimedia system, TV, refrigerator, and an ice-box. On this trip, you’ll be targeting a wide variety of species, including Black Grouper, Blackfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Dorado (Mahi Mahi), Yellowtail, Wahoo, and many more. The longer you go, the farther out you can travel, and the farther out you travel, the bigger the fish get! Don’t forget to bring a cooler to take home your day’s catch, food and drinks for the day (no glass), sunscreen, and a hat. Captain Mark will provide all rods, reels, tackle, and fishing licenses. Let go of your daily responsibilities and have some fun fishing with Captain Mark! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Sportfish Trip

100% (5)
37 ft 1 - 6 People From $192 / person

Whether you're looking to hit the backcountry of the Gulf of Mexico, chase fish in Key West Harbor, or rip it out to the reef on the Atlantic side, a half day trip with Captain Spencer offers seemingly endless opportunities. And Captain Spencer is just the man to customize the perfect trip for you! There are tons of different species to target on these half day trips all depending on how you'd like to spend the day. Some of them are; cobia, permit, bonefish, mutton snapper, mangrove snapper, red grouper, black grouper, gag grouper, sharks, barracudas, and jacks but there are many more as well. Captain Spencer is all about customizing your experience, so if there is something specific you'd like to target, just let him know in the days leading up to the trip and he can make it happen! Captain Spencers 25' Pathfinder is extremely versatile in this regard shallow enough to maneuver the backcountry and local grass flats, and sturdy enough to handle the light chop of the open ocean. The vessel also has a full tower which optimizes your fishing opportunities by sighting fish and bait easier. She can accommodate 6 guests, however, Captain Spencer prefers to fish with 4 or less. Captain Spencer can also make accommodations to pick you up from many places around Key West. If you are staying somewhere with water access let us know and Captain Spencer will try to accommodate picking you up from your location. Read More

Flats, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Edge Of The Map Trip

100% (4)
25 ft 1 - 4 People From $163 / person

There is something about a flats boat in the keys that just feels right. Being poled around the endless maze of gin clear flats and mangrove riddled backcountry, stalking up on unsuspecting Bonefish, Permit, and Redfish, hooking into monster Tarpon in the summertime are what Florida Key's inshore fishing is all about! So head out to explore the beautiful tropical waters the Florida Keys are known for with Captain Jamie down in Key West to catch the bug! You'll chase bonefish and permit on the flats, and redfish, trout, jacks, and snapper back in the backcountry. Either way, Captain Jamie will be there to lend expert advice as he quietly poles you into schools of fish. Possible Species: Snook, Jack Crevalle, Tarpon, Spotted Sea Trout, Bonefish, Permit, Sharks, Ladyfish, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Redfish, Goliath Grouper, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and others Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West On Light Tackle & Flies

100% (5)
17 ft 1 - 2 People From $300 / person

Spend a day on the water and have a great time chasing Grouper, Snapper, Permit, Shark, and more. You'll depart at 8:00 a.m. and will have all the fishing gear ready when you arrive. All you'll need to bring are some snacks, drinks, and/or lunch for your adventure, and Captain Chandler will take care of the rest. Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Inshore Trip - 18’ Xplor Flats Boat

100% (6)
18 ft 1 - 3 People From $183 / person
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Join Captain Brad on an exciting fishing adventure in Key West, Florida. Captain Brad is extremely friendly and courteous, and wants to help you reel in your personal best! On these 4, 6, and 8-hour adventures, Captain Brad will help you catch a variety of species, including Mahi Mahi / Dorado, Black Grouper, Goliath Grouper, Red Grouper, King Mackerel / Kingfish, Sailfish, Red Snapper (depending on the season), Yellowtail Snapper, and Wahoo. You’ll be fishing aboard Capt. Brad’s 43-foot sportfisher which is equipped with a large fishing cockpit, a functioning Tuna Tower, and an extra-large live well capacity. On this trip, Captain Brad emphasizes light tackle but is more than happy to accommodate for live bait slow trolling, reef & wreck, dead bait trolling, kite fishing, and blue water fly fishing. Captain Brad will provide Penn, Shimano, and Daiwa rods, reels, tackle, and lures. They will also provide live bait, drinks, fly fishing equipment, and fish cleaning/filleting at no extra cost. A first mate will be on board to help you at all times. Make sure you bring a hat, sunscreen, and some food/snacks for the day! The crew is excited to give you a great fishing trip – it doesn’t matter if you’ve fished a hundred times or whether this is your first time taking the family fishing – there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Mixed Bag Trip

100% (8)
43 ft 1 - 6 People From $142 / person
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Captain Mark will guide you on a thrilling adventure through the waters of Key West, Florida! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Mark’s “Cowboy,” a 45 sportfisher is a spectacular boat equipped with two 1100 HP engines that will get you out to your destination quickly and seamlessly. This boat will answer all of your sport fishing goals and interests. She features a large deck and a recently restored, comfortable interior. This boat is also fully air-conditioned, boasts performance-grade tackle, and has a fighting chair on the deck. She can accommodate up to 6 adventurous anglers and has a GPS, fishfinder, live bait well, and ice box. On this 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12-hour trip, you’ll be targeting a wide variety of species, including Billfish, like White Marlin and Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Mutton Snapper, and Amberjack. You might also catch a few sharks. Prepare yourself to feel the intense power of this apex predator as you reel it in. The longer you go, the farther out you can travel, and the farther out you travel, the bigger the fish get! Don’t forget to bring a cooler to take home your day’s catch, food and drinks for the day (no glass), sunscreen, and a hat. Captain Mark will provide all rods, reels, tackle, and fishing licenses. Let go of your daily responsibilities and have some fun fishing with Captain Mark! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Sportfishing Trip

100% (4)
45 ft 1 - 6 People From $200 / person
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Wake up and go fishing! A 4-hour fishing trip is a great way to fish and explore the local waters surrounding Key West. Our half-day trips usually leave the dock around 7:30 a.m. and return around 11:30 a.m. However, this may change depending on the conditions, time of year, and customer preference. Captain John's mission is always to provide the best fishing experience possible with the conditions at hand. His vessel, a 28' center console (built by Latitude Tournament Boats), is a true "hybrid" fishing machine. This means that on a nice day, you can comfortably fish offshore reefs, wrecks, and Gulfstream currents. You also have the option to fish backcountry channels, inshore wrecks, and nearshore patch reefs if the wind picks up. On a full day, we might have the opportunity to target multiple species both in the deep and the shallow. Captain John specializes in light tackle fishing. This means he'll match the rod and reel outfit to the size fish you're targeting to make for the best overall angling experience. If you would like to fly fish, the captain can accommodate you. However, you must bring your own fly fishing equipment. Expect to target Amberjack, Barracuda, Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, and more, depending on the length of your trip. Evening Tarpon trips are also offered. Live bait makes a big difference. Pilchards, pinfish, herring, ballyhoo, and blue crabs are some of the varieties you are likely to find in the livewell. Catching bait is part of the charter, and while it may take some extra time, your captain knows it makes the difference between a fantastic fishing trip and one that's just okay. Your fishing license is included. Bring sunblock (non-spray), sunglasses, a hat, snacks, and drinks. Book your trip and hit the water with Captain John! Read More

Deep Sea, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Morning 1/2 Day Fishing Charter

67% (3)
25 ft 1 - 4 People From $200 / person
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Captain Eric, specializes in providing a customized private charter to fit your needs. Instead of having to choose one type of activity (such as fishing or snorkeling), he allows you to create your own Key West water activities package so you can do exactly what you want, without having to rush due to time restrictions. We want to give you and your family an experience to remember for a lifetime. Even if you and your group just want to relax on a sandbar for a few hours! We know that every customer has different needs and ideas for what they want to do while they are on the water in Key West. Whether you want to go fishing, snorkeling, diving, island hopping, or simply watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, or perhaps just a little of each, Captain Eric can help you achieve your ideal aquatic day. Captain Eric will provide everything you need for your trip whether that's fishing gear, snorkeling gear, or even his portable grill setup for your so just let beach dining pleasure! This trip is built for your vacationing pleasure and is an unforgettable addition to any Key West vacation! Read More

Deep Sea, Inshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Laid Back Key West

100% (12)
33 ft 1 - 6 People From $142 / person

Have you ever wanted to catch that once-in-a-lifetime fish, capture that awe-inspiring sunset, or enjoy an unforgettable day with your family on the water? With the highly-rated Captain John, you can do just that. Hop on the 24' Yellowfin and enjoy an evening of Tarpon fishing under a beautiful Florida Key sunset, when the tarpon are biting the most! Tarpons have become the most sought-after game fish in the Florida Keys. This mammoth migrates up and down the coast filling up the bridge passes and backcountry waters. Tides, weather, and moon phases play an essential factor in a Tarpon’s behavior, but these kings are always hungry, biting on both live and artificial bait. We recommend going after these fish between March and August. Your adventure will begin at the dock as Captain John explains what you can expect on your trip. No detail will be left out or question unanswered in order to make your trip exciting, educational, and memorable. Be sure to bring any beverages or snacks you might need, and Captain John will provide everything else. Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Half-Day Tarpon Trip (Seasonal)

100% (6)
24 ft 1 - 4 People From $163 / person
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If you're looking for world-class sportfishing in one of America's most beautiful locations, then this trip just might be your ticket. This trip will allow you to chase a variety of prized sportfish species, from the ultimate heavyweight, the Goliath Grouper, to lightning-fast fish such as Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish and others. The species will vary depending on the length of your trip; if you're interested in Sailfish and Wahoo, opt for the longer trip so that you can get out into deeper waters. Nearshore, there's also opportunities to hook up Blacktip Sharks! When these aggressive fish grab the hook, get ready for the fight of your life! You'll be in experienced and professional hands aboard Captain Gil's 34' Crusader sportfisher. This boat is a perfect balance of speed, performance, and comfort that's ideal for offshore fishing. With a 375 HP Caterpillar engine, you won't have to cruise for long before you reach the prime fishing grounds and start haulin' 'em in. On the way, watch the trolling lines for bites from Mahi. Your Captain will be prepared with everything you need for a blue-ribbon day, including top-of-the line rods, reels, bait, tackle, and most importantly, his years of experience hunting champion pelagic predators. To make the most of your experience on the water, make sure to bring polarized sunglasses, proper clothing, hat, and sunscreen. Get ready to have a blast! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Sportfishing Adventure

100% (6)
34 ft 1 - 6 People From $175 / person
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This trip is only offered during lobster season, August 6 - March 31. If you're looking to mix it up out in Key West, this trip has your name on it! On this Lobstering trip—perfect for families—you'll use nets and "tickle sticks" to bag Spiny Lobsters, which are a blast to catch and even better to eat. Catching Lobsters takes a little practice, but once you've done it once, you'll never forget it. Captain Hunter can give you all the expert tips, but it's a simple task: use your tickle stick to coax the Lobsters into your net without letting them swim away, because if they decide to take off, they're surprisingly speedy. Once they're netted, you can swim back to the surface and throw that bug on ice! Captain Hunter provides the nets and sticks, but you'll need to bring along your own snorkel, scuba mask, fins, and gloves if you choose to wear them. These pieces of equipment are essential, so come prepared! For everything else, the captain has it covered. Just remember sunscreen (no spray please) and a pair of sunglasses to cut the glare. The Lobsters are out there—get out there and get after it! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Lobstering - 30’ Seahunter

100% (1)
30 ft 1 - 6 People From $125 / person

Captain Garrett offers 3/4 day (6 hour) trolling trips for up to 6 people. You'll cover a lot of water (and a lot of species!) on Captain Garrett's 3/4 day trolling trip. 6 hours is plenty of time to catch everything from Mahi Mahi and Wahoo, to Tripletail and Barracuda, and even the occasional Sailfish! You'll have a comfortable ride onboard Captain Garrett's 29' SeaVee center console with a 300 HP Volvo Penta outboard. Captain Garrett has all the gear and equipment you need for the trip of a lifetime. These 3/4 day trips are available in the AM or PM for your convenience, and departure times are flexible. Come and enjoy fishing on island time! Enter your Date, Duration, Group Size, and Start Time above to Book Now with Captain Garrett and Captain Experiences! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Key West

Southernmost Mahi Offshore Fishing

100% (7)
29 ft 1 - 6 People From $200 / person

If you're looking to mix it up out in Key West, this trip has your name on it! On this Lobstering trip—perfect for families—you'll use nets and "tickle sticks" to bag Spiny Lobsters, which are a blast to catch and even better to eat. Catching Lobsters takes a little practice, but once you've done it once, you'll never forget it. Captain John can give you all the expert tips, but it's a simple task: use your tickle stick to coax the Lobsters into your net without letting them swim away, because if they decide to take off, they're surprisingly speedy. Once they're netted, you can swim back to the surface and throw that bug on ice! Captain John provides the nets and sticks, but you'll need to bring along your own snorkel, scuba mask, fins, and gloves if you choose to wear them. These pieces of equipment are essential, so come prepared! For everything else, John has it covered. Just remember sunscreen (no spray please) and a pair of sunglasses to cut the glare. The Lobsters are out there—get out there and get after it! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Lobstering - 24’ Yellowfin

100% (5)
24 ft 1 - 6 People From $167 / person
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If you're looking for world-class sportfishing in one of America's most beautiful locations, then this trip just might be your ticket. This trip will allow you to chase a variety of prized nearshore species including topwater predators like Kingfish alongside reef fish such as Gag Grouper and Mangrove Snapper. You'll be in experienced and professional hands aboard Captain Hunter's 30' Seahunter Floridian. This boat is a perfect balance of speed, performance, and comfort that's ideal for offshore fishing. With twin 300HP Yamaha engines, you won't have to cruise for long before you reach the prime fishing grounds and start haulin' 'em in. On the way, watch the trolling lines for sudden bites! Your captain will be prepared with everything you need for a blue-ribbon day, including top-of-the line rods, reels, bait, tackle, and most importantly, his years of experience hunting champion pelagic predators. To make the most of your experience on the water, make sure to bring polarized sunglasses, proper clothing, hat, and sunscreen. Get ready to have a blast! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Fishing Excursion

100% (1)
30 ft 1 - 6 People From $125 / person
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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Charter in Key West

What are the best fishing charters in Key West?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 92 trips in Key West, and the most popular trips in the area are Key West "Flex" Sportfishing guided by John, Key West Offshore Action guided by John, and Key West Fishing Slam guided by Mark.

Our guides in Key West are rated a 4.86 out of 5 based on 2203 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Other popular cities nearby for booking a charter include Cudjoe Key, Summerland Key and Little Torch Key.

Looking for kid friendly charters in Key West? Check out our beginner and family friendly charters in Key West.

What types of fishing charters are common in Key West?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular in Key West as well as nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and flats fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Key West are: 1. mutton snapper, 2. yellowtail snapper, 3. mahi mahi, and 4. black grouper.

The most common fishing techniques in Key West are light tackle fishing, bottom fishing, and trolling but heavy tackle fishing and live bait fishing are popular as well.

How much do Key West fishing charters cost?

in Key West prices can range anywhere from an affordable $250 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day trip in Key West is $878. The average price for a full day trip in Key West is $1,410.

What month is best for fishing in Key West?

The most popular season for fishing in Key West is spring, and most anglers book their trips 26 days in advance.

Do I need a Key West fishing license and what are the bag limits in Key West?

You’re in luck! Our fishing tours in Key West don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. See here for more information on bag limits and fishing season regulations in Key West.

Key West Fishing Charter Overview

Key West, located in Florida, is a prime destination for sportfishing enthusiasts. Positioned between the Gulf and the Atlantic, Key West offers a diverse range of fish species, making it a tropical paradise for anglers of all ages and experience levels.

The flats and mangroves of Key West are home to popular fly fishing species such as Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit. These fish can be found from spring through fall, along with Mangrove Snapper. Half-day trips are available for those seeking a quick fishing excursion, while full-day trips offer the opportunity to target all three species for an Inshore Grand Slam.

For those seeking tasty fish, the reefs of Key West are a must-visit. Bottom fish for year-round residents like Snappers and Groupers, as well as Cobia and King Mackerel in winter and spring. Even beginners can fill their coolers on these trips, making them particularly popular on Key West party boats.

For a more challenging experience, offshore trolling for Tuna and Mahi Mahi, as well as Blue Marlin in summer or Sailfish in winter, is available. These trips require a full day and advanced skills to maximize the experience.

For competitive anglers, the Del Brown Permit Tournament and Key West Marlin Tournament take place in July. However, Key West offers great weather and a variety of fish species year-round.

Fishing licenses are included on all saltwater charters in Florida, both private trips and party boats. It is important to note that most Groupers are protected from January to April, and Permit are catch-and-release only from April through July. It is recommended to ask the captain for the most up-to-date information on seasons and limits.

Key West Inshore Fishing Charters

Inshore fishing in Key West is one of the main reasons people visit the island. Just pull up a map of Key West to see the endless bays, basins, islands, flats, and backcountry fishing Key West offers. Legendary Key West flats fishing charters target some of the most coveted inshore species in the world (and if you want a change of pace, another hidden gem of an activity is Key West lobster charter snorkeling and spearfishing trips).

The "Grey Ghost", or Bonefish, can be found cruising these flats in pursuit of crabs and other tasty morsels. The best season to catch these elusive creatures is from April to October, but Bonefish fishing can also be great in warmer periods between cold fronts in the winter.

Tarpon, or "The Silver King", make their yearly migratory stop in Key West as the water warms up in late spring. Of course other inshore species inhabit these waters as well, like Redfish, Snook, Mangrove Snapper, Permit, Jacks, and Speckled Trout. You can expect to cast for these species in the backwater channels, flats or bays around Key West.

Key West Fly Fishing Guides

For the fly fisherman, there is no better place to sight fish for your bucket list species than Key West. Our Damn Good Key West fishing guides have the local knowledge required to catch the Key West Slam - Tarpon, Bonefish, and Permit - all in a single day.

Key West Deep Sea and Offshore Fishing

In Key West, the quality of fishing doesn't end when you head further out to sea. Deep sea fishing Key West offers ample reefs, wrecks and other seafloor structure for a lifetime of fishing.

Offshore trips can expect to take a center console boat out 10+ miles to catch Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and Kingfish. Shark fishing near Key West is also fantastic and can be a blast on nearshore and deep sea trips.

Key West has plenty of fishing charters for the deep sea angler: equipped with all the amenities needed for a half day or more on the water, large Key West sport fishing boats are the bread and butter of Key West deep sea fishing charters.

Prized sport fish like Marlin, Sailfish, and other elusive pelagic species like Swordfish are often caught on these trips. They are generally found from the Gulfstream to the east and south to Dry Tortugas. Increase your odds at sizing up the fish of a lifetime with an overnight night fishing trip out of Key West.

Whether you want to bounce around reefs and wrecks to fill up the freezer with delicious meat like red snapper, or go marlin fishing to hook into a Grander that will drag the boat like Hemingway in The Old Man and the Sea, our Key West offshore and deep sea charters have you covered!

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Popular Types of Fishing In Key West, FL

The most common types of Key West fishing charters are deep sea fishing, flats fishing, and reef fishing. Deep sea fishing is perfect for those looking to catch big game fish like marlin, sailfish, and tuna. Flats fishing is ideal for those who want to catch bonefish, tarpon, and permit in shallow waters. Reef fishing is great for those who want to catch snapper, grouper, and other reef fish.

Some of the most common fish to catch in Key West include mahi-mahi, wahoo, yellowtail snapper, and kingfish. Key West fishing charters often visit landmarks like the Dry Tortugas National Park and the Marquesas Keys for some of the best fishing spots in the area. So, whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, there's a Key West fishing charter that's perfect for you.

The Best Places To Fish In Key West, FL

Key West, Florida is a paradise for fishing enthusiasts. With its crystal-clear waters and diverse marine life, it's no wonder that it's a top destination for fishing charters. Here are some of the best places to fish in Key West:

1. The Marquesas Keys: This remote chain of islands is a prime spot for fishing charters, with its shallow flats and abundant tarpon, bonefish, and permit.

2. The Gulf of Mexico: The Gulf of Mexico is home to a variety of fish species, including grouper, snapper, and kingfish. Fishing charters in this area often target wrecks and reefs for the best catch.

3. The Backcountry: The Backcountry is a maze of mangrove islands and shallow flats that are perfect for fly fishing. It's also a great spot for catching tarpon, bonefish, and permit.

4. The Atlantic Ocean: The Atlantic Ocean is a deep-sea fishing paradise, with opportunities to catch sailfish, marlin, and tuna. Fishing charters in this area often venture out to the Gulf Stream for the best catch.

5. The Key West Harbor: The Key West Harbor is a great spot for fishing charters, with its abundance of tarpon, snook, and redfish. It's also a convenient location for those who want to stay close to shore.

Other Things To Do In Key West, FL

While Key West fishing charters are a popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do in this vibrant city. Take a stroll down Duval Street and explore the unique shops and restaurants, or visit the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum to learn about the famous author's life. For a taste of history, check out the Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum. If you're looking for adventure, take a jet ski tour or go parasailing. For a more relaxed experience, head to the beach and soak up the sun at Smathers Beach or Higgs Beach. Don't forget to catch a sunset at Mallory Square and watch street performers put on a show. With so much to do, Key West is the perfect destination for any traveler.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Chris and will were so much fun, they made it fun, comfortable and plain amazing let us catch live bait, and they let us reeel in the fish. The best fishing charter I have been on.

    Jerry H. with Mark B. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great Experience. Worked hard to find fish and make an enjoyable experience for everyone. Successful day fishing! Particularly was good with the children and getting them educated on safety. Highly recommended by us. He’s also a great person to be around and cracks some good jokes.

    Stan R. with Hunter L. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Did not love the trip. We would ask questions and get one word answers. Lots of smoking, and some chewing of tobacco. not enjoyable.

    Linda F. with Chuck T. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had the best time ever! It was my first time to go deep sea fishing and my husband and I both caught a Wahoo and plenty of other fish! mark and Nell’s were amazing! We had a local restaurant cook our fish for us that evening. Great trip!!

    Lynda B. with Mark B. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time out , Mark and crew did all they could to get on the fish.Thanks

    Dan C. with Mark B. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    My daughters and I had so much. We made a lot of fun memories. Garrett is fantastic!! Would definitely recommend !!!

    Susan K. with Garrett F. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    David made it fun and kept me busy. I plan to use him again!

    Jonathan T. with John J. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Eric was the best! Very personable and fun. We will do this again.

    Teri H. with Eric G. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Fabulous fun and great experience with the crew!!!

    David H. with Chuck T. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Our charter with Captain John was fantastic! Despite the windy conditions, he managed to get us on fish in many different spots. John is very knowledgeable and a super fun guy! We will definitely be booking with Captain John again. Shannon & Greg Johnson

    Greg J. with John D. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Our charter with Captain Justin was so much fun! Despite the windy conditions, he managed to get us on fish in many different spots. Justin is a very knowledgeable captain and is a super fun guy! Definitely will be booking with Captain Justin again! Shannon & Greg Johnson

    Greg J. with Justin F. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Fantastic!! Even though the rain got us

    Mark C. with John D. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip !! Capt and Mate both great boat and equipment well maintained. We landed 2 sails 4 of 5 tuna and a variety of other fish including grouper and snapper.

    Jeremiah W. with Brad S. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great day with Captain Spencer. He put us on the fish and even a nice shark! He was very professional and easy going. He went above and beyond for the four of us on our dad-cation. Not only did he put us in the fish he put us in to some great local Cuban sandwiches. If I head back to the keys with my friend or my family I will definitely book Captain Spencer again!

    Walter S. with Spencer C. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Nice boat even good in rough sea. Worked hard to find fish.

    Steve G. with Eric G. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great time on the water! Very nice boat with plenty of room. Captain and deck hand were great!

    Jason M. with Brad S. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Excellent captain who was extremely knowledgeable of his area and worked hard to keep us in fish. Lots of rod bending hard fighting fish species inshore in the keys that I was not aware of! Thanks!

    Dennis H. with Anthony S. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great crew, they worked very hard, but the fish just wasn’t there, we’ll book with them again

    Ted M. with Chuck T. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip! Capt Zac was awesome to fish with. Highly recommend 👍👍👍

    Scott C. with John J. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Jake was great! We caught out limit of Mahi and a great time.

    Gregory S. with John G. of Key West, Florida

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