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Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Wreck & Reef Fishing - 29’ Sea Vee

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29 ft 1 - 6 People $$

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Key West Silver Kings And More

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25 ft 1 - 4 People $

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Key West Fishing Slam

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36 ft 1 - 6 People $$$

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Key West "Flex" Sportfishing

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24 ft 1 - 4 People $$

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Key West Offshore Action

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33 ft 1 - 6 People $$

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Legendary Fishing In Key West

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55 ft 1 - 6 People $$$

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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

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40 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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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% (6)
30 ft 1 - 6 People $$

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

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24 ft 1 - 4 People $$

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

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43 ft 1 - 6 People $$

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

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18 ft 1 - 3 People $$

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% (2)
28 ft 1 - 4 People $$
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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 97 trips in Key West, and the most popular trips in the area are Key West "Flex" Sportfishing guided by John, Key West Fishing Slam guided by Mark, and Key West Offshore Action guided by John.

Our guides in Key West are rated a 4.9 out of 5 based on 2511 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 inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and flats fishing.

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

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 $872. The average price for a full day trip in Key West is $1,407.

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

  • ★★★★★
    My husband and son had nothing but great things to say about their trip! “Best trip ever” per my son. They were able to catch a 40+ lb grouper! They loved every minute and said Spencer was super knowledgeable! Worth every penny for the experience!

    Michelle P. with Spencer C. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Outstanding day on the water with several species caught. Hunter is TOP SHELF!!! It was the first blue water fishing trip for my wife and she can't wait to go again!!!

    Donald ". with Hunter L. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Everything was top notch, Great communication from start to finish. Capt and 1 Mate were both professional and knowledgeable and put me on fish. Only down side was when I lost a Sailfish 🙁 but landed this nice Barracuda off a Tripple set of Barracudas 🤷‍♂️😂

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

  • ★★★★★
    Had a fantastic trip with Captain John in July of 2023. Went for a morning trip on our honeymoon, caught tons of fish, had a lot of fun. John and his first mate were very competent, personable, and provided an excellent experience. The boat was well outfitted, John knew several spots with lots of fish, and gave us more time than we'd paid for. Great experience, will absolutely book again next time we're in the keys.

    Clare D. with John G. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Hunter was great , knowledgeable, and well disciplined. Weather did not permit a full day so we will plan another trip with Captain Hunter. Thanks John

    John G. with Hunter L. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great time

    Leo M. with Antonio E. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Kyle was a fantastic guide for us! One of the best fishing trips I have been on and I have fished on a lot of guided trips. Everything was handled great by Captain Experiences on the booking and communication side and Kyle was top notch on the fishing trip. We will definitely use you all again.

    Will B. with Kyle K. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Excellent trip with John. Good guys, on fish all day and had a great time. Definitely would book again!

    Kevin V. with John G. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great fishing trip, memorable experience, would refer John and partner to anyone interested charting fishing trip in KeyWest!

    Rob R. with John G. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Our guide Nick is top notch, he is friendly, knowledgeable and certainly knows great spots to fish. We caught fish all day, brought home three very large mutton’s, some other mutton’s and good size yellow tail. We caught and released fish all day, hogfish, large groupers and other assorted fishes. Thanks Nick .

    Chris B. with Paul H. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a fantastic time with captain Brad. We tried different techniques and despite being a rough choppy day we still have out with a lot of fish. We all enjoyed it and highly recommend him to anyone!

    Shai K. with Brad S. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great day! Our captain Hunter was very knowledgeable, and on top of where the fish were and how to catch them. Highly recommend him.

    Michael D. with Hunter L. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time with captain Hunter on are charter, very professional and friendly. Caught some nice fish and enjoyed his company

    Michael D. with Hunter L. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We really enjoyed our fishing charter with captain Hunter, he knows where the fish are and is very knowledgeable of the industry. I would definitely recommend an excursion with him.

    Michael D. with Hunter L. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain David Larson was nice, professional and best of all, he put us on the fish! I did the 4 hour charter and we caught barracuda, massive bull shark, trigger fish, grouper, and blue fish. By the end of the 4 hours I was happy and exhausted. Captain David was experienced, helpful and a genuine good guy.

    Blake L. with John J. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Thanks for a great time on the water!

    Brad K. with Kyle K. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great fishing trip! Captain Mike and first mate Woody did a solid job of getting us into tuna, mahi, and our day was capped off when my son brought in a large sailfish. Lots of fun and recommend them for an awesome day on the water

    Jason M. with Justin F. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    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

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