Cudjoe Key

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Cudjoe Key has so much to offer anglers, that it's a surprise to see it overlooked by tourists in favor of some of its neighbors. Cudjoe Key fishing charters will give you the full Florida Keys experience with all the action and variety you could wish for. The only thing missing will be the crowds and bustle of its more famous cousins!

Head to the wrecks to go after Grouper, Cobia, Kingfish, and Barracuda, while the reefs hold Yellowtail, Mutton, and Mangrove Snapper. The flats offer you the challenge of quietly stalking elusive Bonefish and Permit, as well as the chance to battle the Silver King himself! Offshore targets hardly need an introduction. Pelagics, Tuna, and Billfish in these waters are as good as they come.

Even a short afternoon on the water can go a long way at Cudjoe Key. Half day reef excursions can land you plenty of excellent tasting fish in a hurry, especially if you visit during the summer months. If you’re visiting the flats, try to give yourself a couple of extra hours since the fish here demand patience. Offshore adventures vary greatly based on what the target is, but full day expeditions will produce the best results!

US Highway 1 splits the island into a northern and southern portion. Although much smaller, the south part of the island, around Cudjoe, Bay is where the vast majority of development is. This makes it easy for visiting anglers to find charters and quickly find your captain for the day. From here, you’ll have easy access to any fishing spot you’d like.

Rules & Regulations

For all anglers fishing aboard a charter boat, licenses are covered by the captain. If you opt to blaze your own path and explore the local flats and inshore waters on your own, be sure to get a Florida fishing license ahead of time.

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In January, the weather can turn on a dime, making it often difficult to hit the reefs or flats. This is why anglers prefer sticking to the backwater. For those determined to head offshore, you’ll find Blackfin Tuna and Sailfish waiting.


The weather conditions still restrict the options somewhat. Backcountry continues to be a great safe bet. If the weather is calm, you can test the flats, as the Permit bite is great this time of the year. Hitting the wrecks can also be productive since Cobia are active right now.


March brings with it warmer temperatures and marks the end of the treacherous winter weather. This is great news for those heading to the flats, as the Tarpon and Permit bite continues to excel. Offshore charters are also picking up steam with the arrival of Mahi Mahi.


With the water warming up, Permit make their way to the reefs to spawn and Bonefish takes over the action in the flats. Reefs are also great Shark fishing grounds at this time. Offshore expeditions are still chasing Mahi Mahi, as well as Sailfish.


Tarpon are on the move and many large ones show up in the flats. This makes May a great month to go for the flats Grand Slam of Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish. The weather is warm and the winds are calm, making the conditions ideal.


The temperatures are still climbing and the Tarpon are still on the move through the area’s waterways. This is the perfect month to see the legendary airborne acrobatics of the Silver King as you push yourself to the limit trying to reel one in.


It's still as hot as ever and the wind is keeping away. Atlantic reefs are the sight of some great Yellowtail and Mutton Snapper action. July is also the month of spawning for Mangrove Snapper, making the reefs the place to be.


The weather is as hot as the action in August. The calm conditions make flats the perfect fishing grounds, as tailing Permit and Bonefish become much easier to spot. Offshore, the bite is slowing down slightly for everything other than Blackfin Tuna, which is now coming into its prime.


The weather is beginning to cool down and the main action starts to move back to the flats. September is a great month for finding feeding schools of Bonefish, making it slightly easier to target this elusive fish.


In the latter months of fall, the reefs provide anglers the best action around. Plentiful baitfish that are now present in the area are making Mutton Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, and various Grouper very active. This is a great time to catch some prime table fare.


The reefs still provide great action, with Grouper and Snapper still being targeted reliably. However, the weather may not be on your side in November. If this is the case, head to the flats or backcountry and you won’t be disappointed.


Unpredictable weather makes offshore and reef excursions less and less viable, meaning backcountry and flats fishing is your best choice most of the time. If you find a window to hit the reefs, you’ll be able to target Grouper before the season closes in January.

Cudjoe Key Fishing Calendar

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Spearfish trip with Captain Craig
William H. fished with Goliath Charters Summerland on March 16, 2021
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Be flexible with wind and weather conditions.
Half day trip with Captain Shawn
Kenneth G. fished with Saltwater Cracker Charters on July 11, 2019
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Schedule a trip with Captain Shawn. He goes the extra mile for your family.
5 Hour Trip
Scott H. fished with Fish Finder Adventures on March 25, 2019
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Make sure to call a good guide, like Mark. He was able to teach us the tricks and trades to be able to fish the rest of the week by ourselves.
Fishing with Mark
Rich D. fished with Fish Finder Adventures on March 2, 2018
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use sunscreen everywhere generousily or cover up

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Cudjoe Key

According to customer reviews, Goliath Charters Summerland, Held Fast Charters, and Saltwater Cracker Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Cudjoe Key, Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in Cudjoe Key.

Goliath Charters Summerland and Saltwater Cracker Charters received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Cudjoe Key.

The best way to experience fishing in Cudjoe Key is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Cudjoe Key, Florida.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Cudjoe Key are:

The weather is beginning to cool down and the main action starts to move back to the flats. September is a great month for finding feeding schools of Bonefish, making it slightly easier to target this elusive fish. Check availability for local fishing charters in Cudjoe Key.

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