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Fishing in Key Largo

Fittingly dubbed 'the Diving Capital of the World', Key Largo has been blessed with an auspicious bundle of geographic and marine factors that make the island a perfect scuba diving and sportfishing playground it is today. As the Caribbean Basin pours its nourishing waters into the Florida Straits, mixing them with the plentiful Florida Bay waterways, a food chain is created alluring game fish of all shapes and sizes to visit the Keys. Combine that with the only living coral reef located in the United States, home to over 600 different species, and you have yourself a day of fishing you won't soon forget. The Bay is home to nearly every prized inshore catch imaginable, with many fly fanatics specifically choosing Key Largo to chase the elusive flats slam - hooking a Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit all in the same day. The coral reef is ripe with activity all year round, ample with Mangrove and Yellowtail Snapper, Hogfish, Porgies, Mackerel, Barracuda and Grouper. The outer reef line starts about 5 miles from the shore, after which you'll find yourself fishing some of the best offshore grounds in all of Florida, prolific with Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Cobia, Kingfish, sharks, Sailfish as well as many others.

Known For

‘Diving Capital of the World’, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Christ of the Deep, Molasses Reef, USCG Duane, Dolphin Cove,  Humphrey Bogart Film Festival, Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, African Queen Canal Cruise, Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, National Marine Sanctuary, Spiegel Grove

Rules & Regulations

A fishing license is not required for anglers fishing aboard a guided boat or a for-hire charter, as long as the vessel has a valid charter captain or charter boat permit.