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Fishing in Big Pine Key

They say variety is one of the Keys' most cherished fishing assets, and nowhere is that much clearer than the assorted waterways of Big Pine Key. Flanked by the nourishing Gulf currents on the one side and the pelagic wilderness of the Atlantic on the other, the Lower Keys are a perfect choice for all anglers not too keen on limiting their fishing options without absolutely having to. The Gulf side is legendary for the many shipwrecks and manmade structures now copious with marine life, particularly the famed Cobia, Permit, Snapper, Barracuda, Grouper and plenty others, commonly boated regardless of the anticipated seasons. South of the island lies probably the closest thing to an authentic Caribbean fishery this side of the continent, the lavish Atlantic quarry including such prized targets as Sailfish and Blue Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, Kingfish, Amberjack and many more. Often overlooked in all of this big game frenzy is also one of the most well-rounded inshore fisheries in all of Florida, as the endless backcountry channels, estuaries and shallow flats brim with everything from Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit to the likes of Redfish, Sea Trout, Pompano and even an occasional Mackerel. And if that's not good enough for you, good luck finding a better place to fish.

Known For

Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, National Key Deer Refuge, The Blue Hole, Bahia Honda State Park and Beach, Snorkeling Paradise, Calusa Beach, Blue Heron Park, Adolphus Busch Wreck Diving, Backcountry Eco Tours

Rules & Regulations

No license for fishing is necessary if you’re fishing aboard a guided charter, party boat or other for-hire vessel which possesses a valid captain or charter boat license.