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 with various Key West fishing charters.

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 sportsman, Captain Experiences also offers fishing charters equipped with all the gear you need to land the pelagic monster of a lifetime on any of our Key West fishing trips.

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 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. 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, 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!

Other 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 beyond Key West charters. 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 countless local dive bars and seafood joints that keep the drinks flowing.

Book a Key West Fishing Trip Today

Check out Captain Experience's trip options in Key West: we have everything from from cheaper inshore trips to high-end sport fishing trips. Book a Key West fishing charter experience with Captain Experiences and come fish Key West!

Key West Tides and Weather

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