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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Key West

According to customer reviews, Boa Vida Charters – Jazmine, Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West, and Live Action Sportfishing 2 are some of the most popular fishing charters in Key West, Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in Key West.

The average price for a private 4 hour Key West fishing trip is $767, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,240 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Boa Vida Charters – Jazmine, Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West, and Live Action Sportfishing 2 all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Key West.

The most popular fish species you can target are Mutton Snapper, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), and Yellowtail Snapper. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Bottom Fishing, and Spinning. Reef fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Key West is the jewel in Florida’s sportfishing crown. Sitting between the warm shallows of the Gulf and the deep blue of the Atlantic, it’s a tropical paradise with an unbeatable mix of fish. Key West fishing charters make the most of this, tailoring trips for anglers of any age or experience level.
 
Key West’s flats and mangroves are full of fly fishing favorites like Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit. Wet your toes on a half day trip or stay out longer and target all three for an Inshore Grand Slam! You can find these fish spring through fall, along with plenty of Mangrove Snapper.
 
If it’s tasty fish you’re after, you’ve got to visit the reefs. Bottom fish for year-round residents like Snappers and Groupers, as well as Cobia and King Mackerel in winter and spring. Even beginners can fill their coolers on these trips, making them particularly popular on Key West party boats.
 
Then there’s the bluewater bite. Troll offshore for delicious Tuna and Mahi Mahi, as well as Blue Marlin in summer or Sailfish in winter. These are serious sportfishing adventures, and you need a full day and some decent skills to get the most out of them.
 
Feeling competitive? Take on other inshore anglers in the Del Brown Permit Tournament or speed into the blue for the Key West Marlin Tournament. Both of these events take place in July, but whenever you visit, you’ll find great weather and a ton of tasty fish. That’s what Key West is all about.

Rules & Regulations

Fishing licenses are included on all saltwater charters in Florida, both private trips and party boats. Bear in mind that most Groupers are protected January–April here, while Permit are catch-and-release only from April through July. Ask your captain for the most up-to-date information on seasons and limits.

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January

The weather is changeable, making flats fishing inconsistent. Backwater fishing sees calm waters and steady action. Sailfish and Blackfin Tuna are caught offshore, with occasional Mahi.

February

Windy conditions affect flats and offshore fishing. Sight fishing for Permit on the flats is phenomenal, backcountry fishing is still extremely good, and Cobia can be caught over the wrecks.

March

Warm breezes see the end of Winter in Key West. Permit fishing is still excellent and targeted in the March Merkin tournament. Offshore, big Mahi arrive. Tarpon is heating up in the backcountry.

April

The waters warm up: Permit move to the reef to spawn and Bonefish start to show in the flats. Shark fishing is very good. Offshore fishing is excellent for Sailfish and large Mahi.

May

Winds are light, fishing is amazing. The Tarpon migration is kicking off, with lots of big fish in under 3 ft of water. Go for a Grand Slam: Tarpon, Bonefish, and Permit are all caught on the flats. 

June

Conditions are hot, humid and sweaty. The water is very clear on the flats - go for Bonefish, Permit, and Tarpon in one day. Mahi fishing is excellent, with Marlin, Wahoo, and Swordfish also around.

July

Conditions are calm but still hot. Early morning and late evening fishing is recommended for catching Tarpon. Late in the month the lobster season starts for some light hearted fun. 

August

Both weather and fishing is hot. Waters are calm: tailing Bonefish and Permit are easy to spot. Offshore, the fish are smaller and less plentiful, but deep dropping and Swordfishing is good. 

September

The weather cools and the crowds thin. This is the best time of year to score a Slam on the flats. The weather can be unpredictable with hurricanes, but the fishing makes it worth while.

October

Late fall sees the reefs come alive. Large numbers of baitfish attract delicacies such as Yellowtail Snappers, Groupers, and Mutton Snappers, which then arrive in boats and on the dinner table. 

November

Reef fishing is still good but can be windy. Bonefish thins out on the flats but Permit is as good as ever. Sailfish and Tuna are caught over the reefs and backcountry fishing is excellent.

December

Windy conditions offshore and fewer species on the flats make backcountry fishing your best option. If you can get offshore, enjoy the good Grouper bite before the season closes in January. 

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This was our first time fishing in Key West, if you want to learn how to fish, these are the guys to teach you!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was our first time fishing in Key West, if you want to learn how to fish, these are the guys to teach you!
Michael  S.
Michael S.
Get out there! Great fishing Reef, Deep Sea and Backwater. Been a few times all good great fishing community.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Get out there! Great fishing Reef, Deep Sea and Backwater. Been a few times all good great fishing community.
Piper  H.
Piper H. Orlando, Florida
Sure this is a safe first trip in the keys. The four hour trip is just long enough to catch dinner and still learn bout open water fishing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sure this is a safe first trip in the keys. The four hour trip is just long enough to catch dinner and still learn bout open water fishing
Mary  K.  D.
Mary K. D.
The sun and heat are brutal. You may think you want to wear short sleeves and shorts but don’t. Long breathable pants and a breathable shirt would be best.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The sun and heat are brutal. You may think you want to wear short sleeves and shorts but don’t. Long breathable pants and a breathable shirt would be best.
Aaron  L.
Aaron L. Tell City, IN
Don't eat breakfast or a meal before, wear sunscreen, bring drinks, use the bathroom before.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't eat breakfast or a meal before, wear sunscreen, bring drinks, use the bathroom before.
Gregory  L.
Gregory L. Mahopac, NY
Make sure you hydrate before you head out! Coconut water or electrolytes! The heat will get ya!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you hydrate before you head out! Coconut water or electrolytes! The heat will get ya!
Zachary  O.
Zachary O. Carrollton, TX
One of the toughest months to catch fish so you need an experienced captain and mate.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
One of the toughest months to catch fish so you need an experienced captain and mate.
Jason  B.
Jason B. Weissport, PA
He's an excellent skipper you make sure you have a good time. Couldn't ask for better
Excellent
5.0 / 5
He's an excellent skipper you make sure you have a good time. Couldn't ask for better
Mortgan  M.
Mortgan M. Auburn, WA
It was well worth it! We had a blast for our first deep sea fishing experience. Would definitely do it again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was well worth it! We had a blast for our first deep sea fishing experience. Would definitely do it again.
Shannon  M.
Shannon M. Fordsville, KY
Just do it! And take your Dramamine the night before and then again in the morning.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just do it! And take your Dramamine the night before and then again in the morning.
Rink  S.
Rink S. Las Cruces, NM
Key West is hot n humid in July. It’s a little cooler out on the water but it’s hot!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Key West is hot n humid in July. It’s a little cooler out on the water but it’s hot!
Edith  W.
Edith W. Baltimore, Maryland
Be patient and go with a smaller group and be flexible in what you’re fishing for.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patient and go with a smaller group and be flexible in what you’re fishing for.
Justin  M.
Justin M.
Do it. Was an absolute blast. Fresh home made fish tacos with the mahi were the best I have ever had!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Do it. Was an absolute blast. Fresh home made fish tacos with the mahi were the best I have ever had!
Ben  B.
Ben B. Shrewsbury, MA
If it’s your first time, just go out and enjoy being on the water and the experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If it’s your first time, just go out and enjoy being on the water and the experience.
Melissa  S.
Melissa S. Cut And Shoot, TX
There are always fish to catch in Key West. It gets pretty warm so book early.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There are always fish to catch in Key West. It gets pretty warm so book early.
Danny  B.
Danny B.
Be prepared for being on the water, seek out a reputable Captain like Cory and the Cora Beth boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for being on the water, seek out a reputable Captain like Cory and the Cora Beth boat
David  Z.
David Z. Amana, IA
Know the seasons and your target fish! Have a conversation with the captain before booking!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know the seasons and your target fish! Have a conversation with the captain before booking!
Mike  R.
Mike R. Charlotte, NC
It’s super hot in the sun but there is still plenty of action for catching fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s super hot in the sun but there is still plenty of action for catching fish
Tyler  N.
Tyler N. Howell, MI
Pack some sunscreen, a big hat, and drink lots of fluids…it’s hot as hell out there!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pack some sunscreen, a big hat, and drink lots of fluids…it’s hot as hell out there!
Rob  M.
Rob M. Riviera Beach, FL
#1...Fish with My Ohana. #2...Bring your muscles. There will be allot of reeling. #3...Bring sunscreen, the sun will find you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
#1...Fish with My Ohana. #2...Bring your muscles. There will be allot of reeling. #3...Bring sunscreen, the sun will find you.
Jeff  H.
Jeff H. Arlington, TX

Live Action Sportfishing 2
Live Action Sportfishing 2
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(81 reviews)
Thank you so much to our Captain Jaggar!! We really appreciate you taking us out and being flexible due to weather on YOUR birthday! He was patient, kind, knowledgeable, proactive and fun! He made sure all were having a good time and we caught some amazing fish. We will be back!!
Timothy  J.
Timothy J.
Live Action Sportfishing 2
Live Action Sportfishing 2
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(81 reviews)
Captain Jagger was very detailed, personal, and professional. He called us the day before asking what we wanted to fish for. Shark, tarpon and lunch was on the agenda. Shark fishing was a blast!! Highly recommend doing that! Fished for lunch and had it fixed at the marina. Overall - a great experience!!!
James  L.
James L.
Jolly Roger II
Jolly Roger II
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(445 reviews)
Born and raised in soflo… these guys go above and beyond! Caught a bunch of tuna and snapper! If you’re debating booking, don’t!
Michael  C.
Michael C.
Easy Does It
Easy Does It
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(578 reviews)
Even with bad weather, we had a great fishing trip. Captain Zack was on it all day and keeping us so busy catching fish, we forgot about the weather. Great guy and very respectful to both the fish and us. I’ll be back to fish with him again.
Robert  V.
Robert V.
Cora Beth Fishing
Cora Beth Fishing
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(341 reviews)
Boat, crew, and equipment were all excellent. We caught a ton of fish. Couldn’t have gone any better.
Christian  S.
Christian S.
Fish Key West - The Coolcast
Fish Key West - The Coolcast
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(470 reviews)
Boat and gear was great. Captain Noah was very knowledgeable. Got us over a wreck and they were biting. Had over 30 hook up, only got 6 to the boat though between the sharks and barracuda. Caught a couple jacks and snappers enough for good lunch overall a really great morning. Thanks so much would definitely go again.
Johnce  W.
Johnce W.
FishMonster – Max Party Boat Fishing
FishMonster – Max Party Boat Fishing
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
We took Max 1/2 day trip. The trip Was well priced, the operation was first class all the way. Clean boat. Super friendly crew very willing to help. Captain put us right in fish. Crew went above and beyond to make sure everyone had a great trip
Michael  A.
Michael A.
Purple Heron Charters
Purple Heron Charters
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(73 reviews)
To say the trip was fun would be an understatement. John was very knowledgeable in the area describing history and fishing knowledge. John was also very passionate in expressing the importance of fishing wildlife conservation and made teaching the art of fishing a fun and comfortable experience. Totally recommend.
Austin  D.
Austin D.
Purple Heron Charters
Purple Heron Charters
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(73 reviews)
John was great. Very knowledgeable of the area and took us to the right places to catch all different kinds of fish. We took home exactly the amount we hoped. He even recommended the area restaurants where we could take our catch for dinner prep. Very friendly and engaging. Highly recommended!!
Jeffrey  L.
Jeffrey L.
Easy Does It
Easy Does It
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(578 reviews)
We had a BLAST with Zac today! He was really chill and wanted us to make the most of our trip by catching what we wanted to catch. We are definitely coming back!
Victoria  G.
Victoria G.
Anytime Outlaw Fishing
Anytime Outlaw Fishing
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(53 reviews)
My wife and I enjoyed our time on the water with Captain Rick. Even though we only caught 2 barracudas, it wasn't because Capt. Rick didn't try. Hopefully weill get another chance on another trip. Highly recommend.
James  A.
James A. Suffolk, VA
Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West
Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West
Fishing charter in Key West
Very good
4.0 / 5
(291 reviews)
Despite September being a very slow month in the Keys our captain put us on a great variety of fish. We caught: Barracuda Yellow Snapper Cero Mackerel Grey Trigger Fish Nurse Shark King Mackerel We had never caught many of there species before this trip. Many good memories!
Ross  W.
Ross W.
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 33'
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 33'
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Captain Kevin was awesome and kept us on the fish all day long and at all times!! Caught 10+ species of fish (from yellow snapper, to grouper, to… and all of good eating Quality. We took a few to Dante’s to cook our catch, which made it even more of a great day and experience . Was an awesome trip and would recommend FishIzzle to anyone looking for a good fishing charter in the keys!
Eric  A.
Eric A. Colorado Springs, CO
Purple Heron Charters
Purple Heron Charters
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(73 reviews)
We had a great time! Capt. John asked what our expectations were and delivered exactly that and more. Very knowledgeable and professional. We will definitely book with him again. Great experience
Jordan  S.
Jordan S. Houston, TX
Reel Easy Charters
Reel Easy Charters
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(724 reviews)
Our Captain Dave was absolutely the best. His knowledge and ability put us on the fish from the first cast. A big plus was he treated all of us as a friend.
Mary  K.  D.
Mary K. D.
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30'
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30'
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(192 reviews)
Let me tell you… captain Kevin is AMAZING. Honestly, even if we caught nothing we learned SO much about salt water fishing and had the most amazing time.. Butttt- WE CAUGHT A 8ft? Bull shark and a huge king mackerel (mackerels are my favorite fish to eat.). Fishizzle for surzille is a really good opportunity to have fun and catch some giants. Highly recommend!
Lauren  T.
Lauren T. North Wilkesboro, NC
Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West
Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(291 reviews)
I came fishing in a bad time of year, but Captain Russ and his mate Christian made it the best deep sea fishing experience in my life! I booked an all day fishing trip and we caught so many fish - I was tired of catching them. I asked them to go in early! They are my go to crew when I want to go deep sea fishing!
John  R.
John R.
Maritime Co. – Sea Rebel
Maritime Co. – Sea Rebel
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Great experience! Caught a 30lb/46” wahoo and a sizeable barracuda…loads of fun! Professional and courteous staff. I would recommend that the captain try to let customers be shown holding their fish…I realize there is a safety issue here but I kinda felt like a third wheel when it came time for cool pictures to send to my friends! He was holding the fish and I was the guy in the back!! Lol. Again, these guys were awesome and know how to get you on top of trophy fish!!! Jay
Jayden  (.  H.
Jayden (. H.
Double Down Sportfishing
Double Down Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Captain and crew were great. Extremely knowledgeable and they made sure they did everything to make it a great experience
Michael  T.
Michael T. Brandon, Florida
Cora Beth Fishing
Cora Beth Fishing
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(341 reviews)
My brother, husband and I went out with 3 kids and Captain Cory and Marshall were so patient and upbeat, moving when we needed and we had a great group of people! I highly recommend you go out fishing with them! We ended up with a TON of fish and everyone had the best time! It was a trip we'll never forget!
Christi  B.
Christi B. Hialeah, Florida

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