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Fishing in Key West
Key West is your quintessential Florida fishery. Home to Nobel laureate and notorious angler Ernest Hemingway, as well as some of the best fishing in all of North America, it attracts visitors from far and wide all year round. And due to its breathtaking snorkeling and diving opportunities, you never have to worry about leaving your non-angler friends and family behind again!
From the exalted offshore adventures along the massive deep water trough just beyond its reef, to wading the uninhabited flats and remote mangroves for the Big 3 of flats fishing (Permit, Bonefish and Tarpon), USA's southernmost continental point has it all.
Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Key West is an essential pit stop on many a pelagic fish’s migratory route. The summer months see Marlin traveling offshore, with Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and Tuna also passing through along the Gulf Stream.
Fishing in Key West isn’t restricted to the big game battles of The Old Man and the Sea, though. Many anglers come here specifically for its world class flats fishing. Just imagine - vast expanses of crystal clear blue waters are just waiting to be explored. This is a paradise for light tackle and fly anglers alike, who wade and pole across these waters all year round in search of the prestigious “Grand Slam,” catching Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit all in the same day.
Go fishing in the Keys, and you can also experience the wild, untouched backcountry. This is one of the few places you can see Florida’s wildlife as it has been for tens of thousands of years. It is also one of the best places to meet one of the mid-Atlantic's most notorious fish species: the Tarpon.
Get lost in Key West’s wildlife - your only danger is that you won’t want to come back to civilization!
Rules & Regulations
You do not need a license if you are fishing from a for-hire vessel, guided charter, party boat, that has a valid charter boat license or charter captain license.
Types of Fishing
Sight fish the crystal clear waters of Key West's flats for the "Big 3" - Permit, Tarpon, and Bonefish. Tackle these on light tackle or fly. Explore the backcountry and enjoy jigging and casting for Trout and more all year round. Sight fish over the wrecks for Cobia in the cooler months, and hook monster Permit here in the warmer ones. Troll offshore for Marlin in the summer, also targeting Wahoo, Sailfish, Tuna, and Mahi Mahi. Deep drop for mouth-watering Groupers and more, or even go after Swordfish in the depths during the day or night.
Want to try something different? How about kite fishing for Mahi Mahi or Sailfish?
Key West Fishing Seasons
Key West Fishing Calendar
What People Are Saying About Key West
"Half day with captain Ryan "
January can still be chilly in the keys!! It's a damp, to the bone cold (and we came from single digits) but doable with proper clothing! We were prepared with coats and hats and had a great time
"Perfect 1/2 Day Trip! So fun"
Caught Yellowtail, Cobia and Mangrove Snapper.
"Salty Goat fishing was well worth the time and money."
Bottom fishing with the Salty Goat or backcountry fishing to cast a wider net. Still too early for some serious flats fishing.
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