Dry Tortugas

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Fishing in Dry Tortugas

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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Dry Tortugas Fishing Seasons


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.

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Reviews of Fishing in Dry Tortugas

Fishing with Mike
Matt S. fished with Michael O’Brien Charters on August 11, 2020
Sometimes the fish aren't biting. There are no guarantees. Enjoy the view and the scenery and conversation if nothing else.
Evening half day trip with Ryan
Kate Z. fished with Good Times Key West on July 26, 2020
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!
Half Day with captain Hugh
Karl Z. fished with Reel Easy Charters on July 16, 2020
Just be watch, learn and enjoy being out on the water.
Yellow Jacks!!
Judy O. fished with Good Times Key West on July 6, 2020
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.
Great Yellow Jack Fishing with Captain JJ
Asterios H. fished with Reel A Salt on June 26, 2020
The weather was amazing and fishing the back country was amazing! Highly recommend.
Half Day with Captain Russ
Tony D. fished with Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West on August 14, 2019
Book your trip with a Captain who knows the area and Captain Russ has been in the Key West area fishing his entire life.
Half day trip with Ryan
Rebecca M. fished with Good Times Key West on August 2, 2019
Make sure you have something to put on to cover your skin from the sun...our Florida sun is hot in August!!
Fishing with Damon
Stephen T. fished with Fish Key West - The Coolcast on August 1, 2019
You are lucky if you get Josh as your captain. Top notch professional and a good person to know

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