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Hop on a Dry Tortugas fishing charter and get ready to target some of Florida’s most sought-after species! This small group of islands is smack dab in the middle of all the action, so you’re sure to be impressed with the number of options on offer.

Surrounded by reefs and wrecks, you can target Red and Black Grouper, Yellowtail and Red Snapper, Tilefish, Hogfish, Amberjack, Barracuda, Kingfish, and the list goes on. Just a short boat ride away, you can hit the Tuna grounds to catch prestigious Blackfin Tuna or go after other pelagic fish such as Blue Marlin, Sailfish, and Mahi Mahi.

Local charters offer half day, full day, and extended day trips. Shorter trips are perfect for families with kids or beginners, while longer trips are perfect for more experienced anglers. Extended day trips are for those diehard anglers looking to cover more ground and target a wide variety of species.

From Dry Tortugas, you can fish the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. You can also head to Sugarloaf Key Island or Cudjoe Key for some excellent flats fishing. If you have enough time, you should check out the Marathon Humps – an underwater mound teeming with Tuna, Billfish, and other pelagic species. Your options are endless!

Rules & Regulations

If you’re fishing on a saltwater charter, your license is covered. Otherwise, all anglers above the age of 16 must purchase a FL fishing license. Keep in mind that certain species, such as Tarpon, Bonefish, and Permit are strictly catch-and-release. Other species like Grouper and Snapper are subject to seasonality. Regulations can change on a yearly basis, so it’s important to stay up to date and ask your guide if you have any questions.

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January

Ring in the new year with a fishing trip to the Keys! With average water temperatures in the 70s, you won’t know it’s January. This month, you’ll be able to target various Grouper and Snapper species, as well as Kingfish, Barracuda, and Cobia.

February

The bottom fishing is great this time of year, so head over to Marquesas Keys and catch Grouper and Snapper. Inshore fishing will see you reeling in the likes of Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Permit, and Jack Crevalle.

March

Hop on a party boat and explore Dry Tortugas in style with an all-inclusive adventure. Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, Kingfish, Black Grouper, and Yellowtail Snapper are some of the species on your wish list for this month.

April

This is a great time to go reef and wreck fishing. You’ll target Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, Kingfish, and Barracuda. In the backcountry, you’ll sight cast for Bonefish, Permit, Snook, and Tarpon.

May

Flats and backcountry fishing are hottest this time of year. Now’s the time to hop on that skiff and target Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, Jack Crevalle, and Tarpon. Offshore, you can expect to target Blackfin Tuna, Skipjack, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Sailfish.

June

The water is clearest this time of year, making flats fishing extremely favorable. Permit, Bonefish, Mangrove Snapper, and Tarpon reach record numbers and provide some great action on spin and fly tackle.

July

It’s hot outside and so are the fishing conditions! The flats fishing frenzy continues with Mangrove, Mutton, and Yellowtail Snapper making up most of the catches inshore. Offshore, you’ll find yourself battling against Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Blue Marlin, and Sailfish.

August

The calm conditions continue through August, making Permit and Bonefish two of the most sought-after species. The race for Blue Marlin is on as well. If you work up an appetite, you can always head over to Key West for their annual Lobsterfest.

September

The reefs are teeming with Yellowtail, Mutton, and Mangrove Snapper, as well as Red and Black Grouper. The flats and backcountry are pristine this time of year as well, so you can expect to reel in Permit, Jack Crevalle, Bonefish, Redfish, and Tarpon.

October

Head to the Marathon Humps and target Mahi Mahi and Blue Marlin. You can also plan a flats fishing trip around Cudjoe Key and reel in trophy size Redfish, Snook, Permit, and Mangrove Snapper.

November

If you’re a competitive angler, you’ll definitely want to check out the Key West Fishing Tournament. It’s open to all ages and skill levels, so it’s the perfect opportunity to take your kids and enjoy a fun family trip together.

December

December reef fishing is solid. You’ll want to go out and take the opportunity to catch Grouper before the season closes. You can also expect to catch various Snapper species, including Mangrove, Yellowtail, and Mutton Snapper.

Dry Tortugas Fishing Calendar

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Great day fishing the gulf
Angel S. fished with Reel Easy Charters on September 26, 2021
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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!
July fishing trip
Mary B. fished with Fish Key West - The Coolcast on July 21, 2021
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Recommend 1/2 day trips. John our captain was great..very knowledgeable. Will do this again next time we're here. Thanks!
Fishing with Maryann
Brenton C. fished with Boa Vida Charters on July 14, 2021
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Research your captain. Don’t base everything off reviews
Epic experience with Fishizzle and Captain Kevin!
Christian C. fished with Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30' on July 12, 2021
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Hire the Charters. They will put you on the fish. Inshore-Offshore it doesn’t matter.
4 hour trip with capt tony and Jordan
Charles E. fished with Fish Inc. on May 13, 2021
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Bring your sunscreen, muscles. These fish fight hard.
Fishing with Captain Morgan
Kim R. fished with Reel Easy Charters on May 7, 2021
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Literally one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced! Do iiiiiiit.
Half day with Justin
Patrick M. fished with Good Times Key West – 19' on May 4, 2021
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Be open minded about what you catch. Don’t limit yourself to a particular species of fish.
Sibling fishing trip
Roberto M. fished with Salty Goat Fishing Charters on April 8, 2021
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Key west has the best fishing weather I love it ?

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Dry Tortugas

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Dry Tortugas costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $653, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,109. 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 Dry Tortugas is 33 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Salt Creek Fishing Charters, Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 33', and Jolly Roger II are some of the most popular fishing charters in Dry Tortugas. Full list of top fishing charters in Dry Tortugas.

Salt Creek Fishing Charters, Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 33', and Jolly Roger II all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Dry Tortugas.

The best way to experience fishing in Dry Tortugas 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 Dry Tortugas.

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. Wreck fishing, reef fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Head to the Marathon Humps and target Mahi Mahi and Blue Marlin. You can also plan a flats fishing trip around Cudjoe Key and reel in trophy size Redfish, Snook, Permit, and Mangrove Snapper. Check availability for local fishing charters in Dry Tortugas.