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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.

Key West
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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. 

Key West Fishing Calendar

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Know what you want to fish. I have never fished the ocean, just the Great Lakes and wanted a real fight. Do you want quantity, or a quality fight? Know that going into your trip.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Know what you want to fish. I have never fished the ocean, just the Great Lakes and wanted a real fight. Do you want quantity, or a quality fight? Know that going into your trip.
Brandon  S.
Brandon S. Britton, MI
Do your research but definitely include looking up my ohana and give them look
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Do your research but definitely include looking up my ohana and give them look
Timothy  L.
Timothy L. Chelsea, ME
It was very hot! Stick with half days or at the most eight hours. We had scheduled extended day and am glad the Captain talked us out of it!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
It was very hot! Stick with half days or at the most eight hours. We had scheduled extended day and am glad the Captain talked us out of it!
Angel  S.
Angel S. Thompsontown, PA
Recommend 1/2 day trips. John our captain was great..very knowledgeable. Will do this again next time we're here. Thanks!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Recommend 1/2 day trips. John our captain was great..very knowledgeable. Will do this again next time we're here. Thanks!
Mary  B.
Mary B. Granite Quarry, NC
Hire the Charters. They will put you on the fish. Inshore-Offshore it doesn’t matter.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Hire the Charters. They will put you on the fish. Inshore-Offshore it doesn’t matter.
Christian  C.
Christian C. Orange Park, FL
Be open minded about what you catch. Don’t limit yourself to a particular species of fish.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be open minded about what you catch. Don’t limit yourself to a particular species of fish.
Patrick  M.
Patrick M. Church Hill, MD
We did a snorkel and sightseeing trip with this charter and they did the most amazing trip for us could not have asked for a better trip.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We did a snorkel and sightseeing trip with this charter and they did the most amazing trip for us could not have asked for a better trip.
Richard  F.
Richard F. Chicago, IL
Sometimes the fish aren't biting. There are no guarantees. Enjoy the view and the scenery and conversation if nothing else.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Sometimes the fish aren't biting. There are no guarantees. Enjoy the view and the scenery and conversation if nothing else.
Matt  S.
Matt S. Key West, FL
Sunscreen!!!! Also, have an idea of what type of fishing you’d like to do before booking and heading out, that way your captain can get you to the best spot!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Sunscreen!!!! Also, have an idea of what type of fishing you’d like to do before booking and heading out, that way your captain can get you to the best spot!
Kate  Z.
Kate Z. Perrysburg, OH
Be ready to catch some fish. By hiring a guide, you have everything you need at your fingertips.... Bait, tackle, water and a nice boat to get you onto the water. Morning fishing is probably the best, as the afternoons can be extra steamy and fish may be sluggish.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be ready to catch some fish. By hiring a guide, you have everything you need at your fingertips.... Bait, tackle, water and a nice boat to get you onto the water. Morning fishing is probably the best, as the afternoons can be extra steamy and fish may be sluggish.
Judy  O.
Judy O. Savannah, GA
The weather was amazing and fishing the back country was amazing! Highly recommend.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The weather was amazing and fishing the back country was amazing! Highly recommend.
Asterios  H.
Asterios H. Miami, FL
Book your trip with a Captain who knows the area and Captain Russ has been in the Key West area fishing his entire life.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book your trip with a Captain who knows the area and Captain Russ has been in the Key West area fishing his entire life.
Tony  D.
Tony D. Boca Raton, Florida
Make sure you have something to put on to cover your skin from the sun...our Florida sun is hot in August!!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Make sure you have something to put on to cover your skin from the sun...our Florida sun is hot in August!!
Rebecca  M.
Rebecca M. St. Petersburg, FL
You are lucky if you get Josh as your captain. Top notch professional and a good person to know
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
You are lucky if you get Josh as your captain. Top notch professional and a good person to know
Stephen  T.
Stephen T. Austin, TX
Focus on enjoying the experience of your Captain and you’ll finish the day with great fish & memories.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Focus on enjoying the experience of your Captain and you’ll finish the day with great fish & memories.
Christian  B.
Christian B. Richmond, CA
the only thing I can say is book the right charter.....cowboy sportfishing charters
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
the only thing I can say is book the right charter.....cowboy sportfishing charters
Scott  H.
Scott H. New Smyrna Beach, FL
Yes, great experience! We really enjoyed our time on the water and highly recommend it for anyone looking to spend some time on the water and catch some fish!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Yes, great experience! We really enjoyed our time on the water and highly recommend it for anyone looking to spend some time on the water and catch some fish!
Ann  L.
Ann L. United States
Book a Salty Goat fishing charter . Crew was excellent Price was right . And had a great fish dinner that my family caught ourselves .
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book a Salty Goat fishing charter . Crew was excellent Price was right . And had a great fish dinner that my family caught ourselves .
Alan  C.
Alan C. Toano, VA
With first timers or children fish nearshore reefs to get the most out of your experience.
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
With first timers or children fish nearshore reefs to get the most out of your experience.
Gary  H.
Gary H. Orlando, FL
Come prepared for changeable weather conditions and choose your Charter/Captain wisely.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Come prepared for changeable weather conditions and choose your Charter/Captain wisely.
Robert  S.
Robert S. Valrico, FL

Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 33'
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 33'
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
Perfect day on the water. Our Capt Kevin was friendly, knowledgeable and put us on to some great fishing. We caught some fish of a lifetime with a huge Black Grouper and a huge Mutton Snapper… along with a ton of other stuff. This was our first time in Key West but it will not be our last and we will for sure book more charters with Fishizzle. Thanks again guys for everything. #NBMA
Charles  O.
Charles O. New Bedford, MA
Boa Vida Charters
Boa Vida Charters
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 76 reviews
Capt. MaryAnne and Mate Sean are a great team and really nice folks to be around. Sean was very accommodating answering my questions about baits and rigging. Had a great day. I can cross two things off my bucket list, Mahi-mahi and Barracuda.
Elizabeth  M.
Elizabeth M. San Juan
Jolly Roger II
Jolly Roger II
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 200 reviews
We had a blast with captain Joel and first mate Johnny!! Very knowledgeable of the fish and the area and great sense of humor!! Definitely will be back for another trip!! Took some of our catch to Hogfish Grille and it was the best!! Can’t wait to come back!!
Rex  Z.
Rex Z. Brandon, FL
Good Times Key West – 19'
Good Times Key West – 19'
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 58 reviews
Great trip very patient with us We learned a lot about fishing in the keys and was very informative about all our surroundings
Jim  M.
Jim M. Lufkin, TX
Outta Line Charters
Outta Line Charters
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 137 reviews
Captain Armani is an amazing guide with an awesome boat. He is friendly, informative, and a great cook (Fresh Fish Tacos 11/10)! Long story short…If you want to catch fish, Captain Armani is your man!
Destin  M.
Destin M. Grand Rapids, MI
Cora Beth Fishing
Cora Beth Fishing
Fishing charter in Key West
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 5 reviews
Went out twice with this crew and both times was a blast. The crew was patient with us and eager to help. They answered all our questions and never made us feel silly about asking them. They cleaned our catch and I can’t wait to get an opportunity to take a trip with them again. I highly recommend them.
Regina  L.
Regina L. Largo, FL
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30'
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30'
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 67 reviews
Wonderful trip however lost one person because no bathroom on boat. captain David was excellent . Was able to provide great fishing experience. Caught lots of fish. Thank you captain David.
Steven  J.
Steven J. Pembroke Pines, FL
Good Times Key West – 19'
Good Times Key West – 19'
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 58 reviews
Focuses on the kids and we caught tons of fish. We really go out just to have fun but both times we've caught a ton of fish. It was great and we'll book again.
Joshua  B.
Joshua B. Venice, FL
Good Times Key West – 19'
Good Times Key West – 19'
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 58 reviews
Our family had a great time with Justin! My son's goal was to catch a shark and we caught a few big ones along with snapper and a few other smaller fish. Justin was great with the kids (6 and 8). We even saw dolphin along the way. Justin was very informative and we would definitely book again if we're in the area!
Danielle  R.
Danielle R. Avon, OH
Good Times Key West
Good Times Key West
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 227 reviews
Great day in the water with good times fishing charters. Sailfish 24-footer was perfect for family. Captain Nate did a great job of putting us on the fish and keeping the lines tight.
John  L.
John L. Riverview, Florida
Good Times Key West – 19'
Good Times Key West – 19'
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 58 reviews
Fun time. Justin was a great guide. Shared so much about the history of Key West and landmarks.
Hilary  P.
Hilary P. Midlothian, VA
Boa Vida Charters – Jazmine
Boa Vida Charters – Jazmine
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 3 reviews
Captain Maryann and Mate Sean were amazing. They battled through 6-8 ft seas and a 20 mph east wind and knew where to find the fish when other boats couldnt. Would highly recommend the Boa Vida to anyone visiting Key West and looking for the thrill of a lifetime.
Joe  R.
Joe R. Hampton, VA
Good Times Key West
Good Times Key West
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 227 reviews
Great time out on the water. Nate knew where to take us to get us on the fish.
Robert  R.
Robert R. Evergreen, CO
Cora Beth Fishing
Cora Beth Fishing
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 5 reviews
This was on my husband’s bucket list and the entire crew made the experience even more special. They were all so helpful and pleasant and showed me what to do to start pulling in the fish. After they filleted our catch we took them to Dante’s nearby and had them prepared to our liking …..they were fabulous, and we aren’t big fish eaters. We will definitely do this again next time we are in KEY WEST. I highly recommend the Cora Beth! If I could have given 10 stars, I would have.
Steve  F.
Steve F. Miamisburg, OH
Good Times Key West
Good Times Key West
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 227 reviews
My 14 year old grandson's first fishing trip and it was fantastic. With just two of us on the boat, it made it even more special and Nate made it a day to remember. We caught all the fish we could possibly eat while here for the week, and had enough to give to our captain Nate. He really made my grandson a part of the trip by getting him involved and explaining what he was doing and well worth every penny!
Dan  B.
Dan B. Key West, Florida
Cora Beth Fishing
Cora Beth Fishing
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 5 reviews
Very professional, crew and Captain were very knowledgeable of where the fish would be. When one spot was not turning out fish the captain would go and put us on fish. We had a party of seven and everyone caught multiple fish.
Cameryn  A.
Cameryn A. Burley, ID
Good Times Key West – 19'
Good Times Key West – 19'
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 58 reviews
My husband and I had a fishing charter with Justin. I would highly recommend him. The weather was questionable but he still took us out and put us on a couple good spots and we caught some fish. Justin is very knowledgeable of the area. He made sure we had lines in the water as much as we could. We never ever had to bait our own hooks, he was on it! Turned out to be a great day. We will definitely come back in the future.
Heather  M.
Heather M. Cincinnati, OH
Jolly Roger II
Jolly Roger II
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 200 reviews
Three adults and three kids had a wonderful experience. At the suggestion of Captain Mike, we took our fish to Dante’s, who cooked them. We (13 people) couldn’t even eat it all!
Joseph  P.
Joseph P. North Wales, PA
Fishy Business Charters
Fishy Business Charters
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 31 reviews
Joe was a great captain and accommodated everyone on the boat. 4 to 6 passengers max. 4 would be more comfortable. We caught fish! Other boats came back with zero, we came back with tuna and snapper. Thanks again!
Nick  D.
Nick D. Kingston, TN
Salty Goat Fishing Charters
Salty Goat Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 228 reviews
This is my 7th Salty Goat trip. Never disappoints. Great for first timers and all ages. Crew makes sure you’re all set and happy to help, if needed. Can't wait to go again.
Jaime  B.
Jaime B. Bunnell, FL

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Key West

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Key West costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $667, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,134. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Key West is 34 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30', Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 33', and Jolly Roger II are some of the most popular fishing charters in Key West, Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in Key West.

Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30', Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 33', and Jolly Roger II all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Key West.

The best way to experience fishing in Key West 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 Key West, Florida.

The most popular fish species you can target are Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Barracuda (Great), and Snapper (Mutton). Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and trolling. Reef fishing, wreck fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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.  Check availability for local fishing charters in Key West.

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