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Key West, Florida Fishing Overview

Key West is arguably the premier saltwater fishing destination in the United States. Flats fishing Key West is world-class as is gulfstream fishing from Key West. Throw in mile-deep bluewater trenches and there are hundreds of species to be caught . Our Guides know all the spots and techniques that you need to stay on the fish. Contact Captain Experiences to book your dream Key West fishing charter today!

Everything You Need to Know About Key West, Florida Fishing

Key West Fishing Charters

You would be hard-pressed to find a fishing destination like Key West anywhere. People from around the world visit this island paradise to catch fish.

The bays, flats, islands, and sandbars surrounding Key West make a perfect recipe for targeting a variety of inshore and shallow water species. For those looking to leave land behind, there are countless shallow and deeper water wrecks and reefs to be fished.

For the true sportsmen, Key West offers fishing charters equipped with all the gear you need to land that pelagic monster of a lifetime.

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 also be sure to try our 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 Fishing Key West & Other Inshore Fishing

Tarpon, or "The Silver King", make their yearly migratory stop in Key West as the water warms up in late spring. Other inshore species 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. In the nearshore and deeper offshore waters around Key West, there are ample reefs, wrecks and other seafloor structure to fish.

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 also 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.

Prized sport fish like Marlin, Sailfish, and other elusive pelagic species like Swordfish are often caught on these trips from the Gulfstream to the east and south to Dry Tortugas fishing west of Key West. 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, or go marlin fishing out of Key West 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!

Things to do in Key West, FL

Whether you're a nature lover, bringing the whole family, or just want a relaxing day of fishing followed by a cold drink on the beach - Key West will keep the whole crew entertained. If you want to get back out on the water, rent a kayak or paddle board and explore the mangroves on an eco-tour. For the snorkelers and divers, you'll be hard pressed to find a more accessible place to explore reefs and wrecks. For the 21+ crowd, there are a number of local dive bars and seafood joints that keep the drinks flowing.

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The Latest News and Fishing Reports From Key West, Florida

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Key West Weekly Fishing Reports
November 11, 2020

Our Key West fishing guides constantly update us with the most current and thorough Key West fishing reports. See below for fishing reports from recent Key West fishing trips:

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